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Quantum leap: NextGen and the GA pilot
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For all the talk about the Next Generation Air Transportation System, there are many pilots who still think it's somewhere far off in the future. Think again. "People are starting to see that we're way beyond the drawing board or the science experiment stage," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "Many components of NextGen are in place, and NextGen is showing results today." More

Competitive and affordable aircraft financing available
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The IFA Aircraft Finance Program is offered through a leading aircraft financing company that specializes in financing for general aviation and business aircraft nationwide. The program provides fast, easy and competitive financing and refinancing for new and used aircraft, from single engine pistons to twins and light jets, including Light Sport Aircraft, from $50,000 up to over $5 million in value. Learn more and receive a no-obligation quote!

Medical certification: Where do I start?
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Every potential aviator faces the same question: Where do I start? Before worrying about obtaining a medical certificate, you should find a flight instructor and take a few lessons to make sure flying is really for you. Then, if you are certain you want to pursue aviation further, you will want to determine the type of flying you think you want to do. If your initial goal is simply to learn how to fly for recreation, you may not need a medical certificate. More

Pilot quiz
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1. Operating frequency range of a DME, according to ICAO Annex, is:
  1. 960 MHz to 1215 MHz
  2. 995 MHz to 1235 MHz
  3. 910 MHz to 1200 MHz
  4. 869 MHz to 1190 MHz
2. Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic. Who was the first woman to fly across the Pacific from Hawaii to Oakland, Calif.?
  1. Jackie Cochran in 1934
  2. Louise Sacchi in 1933
  3. Amelia Earhart in 1935
  4. Sheila Scott in 1939
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

DiamondShare offers new path to aircraft ownership
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A new concept in aircraft ownership is taking flight with the launch of DiamondShare, a shared-use program that seeks to make flying more affordable by spreading the costs around. The idea is based exclusively on Diamond Aircraft products, specifically the four-seat, single-engine Diamond DA40 XLS. The program matches aircraft owners with pilots who agree to pay the owner a fixed monthly fee to lease a certain number of hours per year in the airplane. More

FAA orders fleet-wide inspections on 4 Piper models
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Thousands of Piper Aircraft owners are required to inspect a historically problematic component for cracks and make replacements as necessary. The airworthiness directive published on Feb. 5 affects 34,013 aircraft in the U.S. registry — the entire fleet of PA-28 Cherokees, PA-32 Cherokee Sixes, PA-34 Senecas and PA-44 Seminoles older than 15 years. More

Technique: Looking at loss of control from the bottom up
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Rich Stowell, a master certified flight instructor and aerobatics teacher sometimes referred to as The Spin Doctor, sees a training gap that has the potential to lead to loss-of-control issues. Stowell said that, as an instructor, he recognizes the link between LOC issues and the primary education being presented to both current and future generations of pilots. More

GA industry group: Obama tax plan will impact aircraft sales
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National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen responded to recent White House comments made as part of the debate over reducing the nation's debt. The comments made by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney focused on the amount and timing of tax payments for companies using general aviation airplanes — also known as "depreciation schedules" — on the aircraft. More

Business aviation safety report shows ups and downs
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There's good news and bad news about general aviation safety. An analysis by Robert E. Breiling & Associates notes that last year there were a total of 19 business jet accidents, including five fatal accidents that killed a total of 21 people. This represents an increase of five accidents compared with the 14 in 2011, when no one died in a business jet crash. Last year, nine of the 19 accidents — and three of the five fatal accidents — involved on-demand operations. More

Group offers flying club start-up scholarship
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Some Chicago pilots are hoping to foster the creation of at least one new flying club in a place that needs and will support one through the offer of a "scholarship" and some practical advice. Ground Effect Advisors is offering the award, which includes about $3,500 worth of supplies and tools, to the group that rises to the top of a nationwide competition. Applications are being accepted until May 1. More

IMC Club introduces the 'Brown Jacket' Instrument Mastery Award
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A brown (leather) flight jacket will be awarded annually by the IMC Club to one outstanding general aviation instrument pilot for his or her safety, proficiency and contributions in helping other pilots in their quest to "Master the Art of Instrument Navigation." The award recognizes excellence in areas of flight proficiency, continuing education and service to the aviation community. It is open to all IMC Club pilot members and will be presented each year at SUN 'n FUN in Lakeland, Fla., starting in 2014. More

Some call for self-service fueling at airport, but cost effectiveness in doubt
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The idea of having a self-service fuel for pilots at Riverton (Wyo.) Regional Airport has come before the airport board, but officials tabled it for the time being until they can determine how cost effective it could be. Several general aviation pilots with non-commercial airplanes have expressed interest in self-service fuel, but it could take up to five or six years to break even, said Jim Steinhoff, owner of Jim's Aircraft Service. More

Illinois teen pilot to lobby Congress for CAP funding
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Flying is all Michael Carpenter has wanted to do since he was 5 years old. He joined the Civil Air Patrol when he was only 13. The first time he flew a plane without an instructor, he was 16. And by 17, he had received his private pilot certificate. Now Carpenter, a senior at Oak Lawn (Ill.) High School, is not only a pilot but a cadet commander with the Civil Air Patrol. And on Feb. 27, he will go before Congress in Washington, D.C., to represent CAP and lobby for funding for the organization. More

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