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FAA initiates phase 2 of airport study
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The FAA has announced that its study "General Aviation Airports: A National Asset," which will help the FAA make planning decisions, has entered its second phase "to further define the role of GA airports." Earlier work has resulted in the creation of four new categories for GA airports — national, regional, local and basic. More than 2,950 airports are included in the study and the FAA has found that almost 500 of those do not fit into one of the defined categories. More

Helicopters, crop-sprayers lead general aviation growth in 2012
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Helicopters remained a bright spot and agricultural aviation boosted otherwise flat sales for general and business aviation manufacturers in 2012, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association announced. Fixed-wing shipments grew by 0.6 percent compared with 2011 largely due to a surge of demand for turboprop-powered crop-sprayers, such as Thrush Aircraft and Air Tractor models, GAMA says. Rotorcraft shipment, meanwhile, leaped 21.5 percent to 1,044 deliveries, the advocacy group adds. More

Carburetor ice: Forced landing caught on video
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VideoBrief A scenic flight over rural Utah went sour after suspected carburetor ice caused a loss of power to a 1960 Cessna 175B. Jonathan Fielding switched on his telephone video camera after pilot Lynn Goodsell advised his passengers he was going to perform an emergency landing due to the power loss. Fielding recorded the progress of the emergency, commenting on his confidence and his fear. More

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The appeal of vintage LSAs
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"Does it qualify as a Light Sport Aircraft?" That's one of the first questions people ask when they see a single-engine aircraft of a certain vintage parked at an airport. Many aviators dream of flying a vintage Piper or Ercoupe or Taylorcraft, and if they can do it as a Sport Pilot with a driver's license in lieu of a medical certificate, even better. More

How low can you go?
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If you ask a fixed wing pilot about visibility requirements, minimum safe altitudes and other topics, he or she is likely to rattle off a well-rehearsed set of numbers. But you're flying a helicopter. Do the same numbers apply? Or are the rules different for aircraft in the rotorcraft category? To quote a favorite phrase of regulators, engineers and lawyers: It depends. More

Grants go to 44 Colorado airports and Wings Over the Rockies museum
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The state of Colorado authorized the distribution of $20.6 million in state aviation fuel tax revenues through 44 grants to Colorado general aviation airports, the biggest amount going to Denver International Airport. Two of the grants went to the Wings Over The Rockies Museum in Denver, including $262,719 to the Wings Over the Rockies' Wings Aerospace Science Program, and $73,700 for the museum's KidSpace Outreach Program. More

Domestic drones inch closer to a sky near you
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The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it is seeking proposals from states, universities and other organizations for six sites where unmanned aircraft systems will be tested — a major step for integrating domestic drones into the U.S. airspace system. "This research will give us valuable information about how best to ensure the safe introduction of this advanced technology into our nation's skies," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. More

Pilots in diverted planes say they didn't realize they were in restricted airspace
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Pilots from two of the three planes diverted from the no-fly zone for President Barack Obama's golfing weekend in Martin County, Fla., claimed they were unaware the temporary flight restriction had been set up, according to statements they gave upon landing. The FAA keeps an updated list of restricted airspace on its website, which pilots are supposed to check before departure. Pilots who violate the restrictions face fines and/or possible suspension or loss of their pilot's license. More

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App showcasing cockpits now available
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You can now look inside some of history's greatest aircraft with the new ACI Cockpit360° app available from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and AeroCapture Images. The free app features high-definition panoramic photos of more than 20 cockpits from many well-known aircraft on display at the museum. More

myWingMan app update provides improved user interfaces, greater flight planning flexibility
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Honeywell's Bendix/King division has released the new myWingMan iPad app software version 1.1 update. The myWingMan app now supports Attitute and Heading Reference sensors, delivers improved user interfaces and provides greater flight planning flexibility. It also brings new levels of flight planning, navigation, efficiency and situational awareness into the cockpit. More

App-makers appeal to president, FAA
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Thirteen companies, claiming to be "part of the solution" to flight services, modernization and pilot training, have signed a letter to President Barack Obama, the FAA and Congress, arguing that the FAA's "cost recovery" pursuits threaten entrepreneurship. At issue is the FAA's stated intent to impose a per person user fee on digital products created by private companies and produced from content originated at the FAA. More

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