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House passes sleep apnea bill
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill requiring the FAA to go through the normal rulemaking process before subjecting overweight pilots to sleep apnea screening.
The FAA's airman medical branch wants pilots with a body mass index of 40 or higher to undergo testing for obstructive sleep apnea. Many pilots argue this change will cost them big bucks while contributing dubious safety value.
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Court tosses California city's lawsuit to close airport
It has been reported that the Santa Monica, Calif., lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration seeking to clarify ownership of its municipal airport in order to close it was thrown out by a federal court judge in downtown Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge John L. Walter dismissed the case, ruling that one of the lawsuit's claims was barred by a statute of limitations, other claims must first be presented to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and others were brought prematurely because the city had not yet made a decision on whether it plans to close the airport.
At Washington air field, the spirit of aviation's early days lives on
The Herald of Everett
Floods, fires and family crises — Harvey Field in Snohomish, Wash., has survived them all. In 1990, then-10-year-old Preston Harvey stood on the second floor of Snohomish Flying Service and watched the water rise just a few hundred feet away. The Snohomish River had already spilled over its banks, and the waters now threatened the last barrier to the airport, the railroad tracks.
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Trust but verify — Airworthiness tips for pilots of rental, multi-owner aircraft
By Susan Parson
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
When it comes to owner-flown aircraft, pilots have the advantage of knowing exactly how an aircraft has been operated and maintained. With rental and jointly-owned aircraft, on the other hand, the pilot has to place a certain amount of trust in both the fellow pilots of that aircraft and its owner or operator. After all, the regulations specifically state that the owner or operator of the aircraft has primary responsibility for maintaining it in an airworthy condition (14 CFR 91.403). However, trust in the owner or operator is not enough to satisfy the FAA or, more importantly, to meet the obligations assigned to the pilot in command.
IFA pilot quiz — Aircraft names
I Fly America
Many pilots like to give their aircraft names. Try your hand at identifying the aircraft to which these names were attached. Caution: Many of the possible answers are fiction and the event or person associated with them never existed.
1. Lucky Lady II
a. Stinson bought by Lindbergh after Spirit of St. Louis was given to the Smithsonian
2. Sunkist Lady
b. Lockheed Electra flown by Amelia Earhart on last flight
c. B-50 that flew around the world non stop
a. Aeronca Chief flown by two pilots who stayed aloft for 1,008 hours and 1 minute
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. DC-2, first commercial airliner on flights Miami/Havana
c. Sikorsky Flying Boat, first plane of Pan American Airlines
Fewer pilots navigating the friendly skies
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Bob Rynes of Spencerville, Ind., obtained his pilot's license in September, after spending about $10,000 in flight hours and related training.
Rynes, 47, said reaching FAA standards may scare off some prospective fliers — and the costs certainly don't help, either.
"I know everybody doesn't have that to spend," he said.
Skies are the limit for new University of Pittsburgh aviation club
The Pitt News
A new club at Pennsylvania's University of Pittsburgh may be taking flight — literally.
Pitt Aviators — a club for those interested in planes, helicopters and general aviation, was formed by Scott Szuhay, a second-year law school student, in October 2013. The group is currently looking for a way to obtain an aircraft for use by club members.
"There was no real aviation [club] here, and I thought there must be other airplane junkies like me," Szuhay, who is also the club's president, said.
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Cirrus JumpStart Program aims to grow general aviation
Cirrus Aircraft is rolling out a new nationwide pilot training initiative aimed at enticing new students to learn to fly in a Cirrus. The 2014 JumpStart Program introduces a special version of the Cirrus SR20 to partner flight schools that the Duluth, Minn.-based lightplane manufacturer says makes the ideal training and personal transportation airplane.
Cirrus says it will sell 12 brand new, fully equipped SR20s that will be available exclusively to its Cirrus training center partners in select markets across the country.
Air Fiesta boasts top aerobatic performers for 2014
Air Fiesta's lineup of aerobatic performers has never been more packed with A-list talent than it is for this year's event, according to the event's organizers.
At the same time, ticket prices have been reduced for the event, which takes place at the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport.
Headlining Air Fiesta 2014 is the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, performing precision formation aerobatics in four red-and-white AT-6 "Texans" — advanced trainers originally used during World War II and into the 1950s by the U.S. Army Air Force, the Navy and the British Royal Air Force.
General aviation has big impact across Mississippi
Mississippi Business Journal
Can you name the busiest airport in the state of Mississippi?
The surprising answer is Olive Branch, and the reason is simple.
"Location, location, location," said manager David Taylor. "We're 10 miles from Memphis International and 5 miles due south of FedEx world headquarters."
It is classified as a reliever airport for Memphis but that's a misnomer, said Taylor. "We're relieving Memphis every day. There are 160 planes based in Olive Branch and if they weren't, they'd have to be based in Memphis."
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