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GAO: FAA behind schedule, over budget on NextGen
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The Federal Aviation Administration needs to improve its management practices to ensure that the NextGen air traffic system is implemented without further cost overruns and delays, the Government Accountability Office said in a recent report. The GAO reviewed 30 major programs involved in NextGen and found that half of them were behind schedule and costs had increased from initial estimates by a total of $4.2 billion. The delays ranged from two months to more than 14 years behind schedule, and averaged four years. More

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On thin ice: A little frost won't hurt ... or will it?
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It's a cold and clear winter weekend morning. Your airplane needs exercise. You don't have a lot of time but you are eager to oblige before the next round of winter storms keeps you both bound to the ground. You eagerly walk across the ramp, anticipating the freedom of the sky and the higher performance you expect in the colder and "thicker" winter air.

Uh-oh. Your eye catches the glimmer of sunlight reflecting off your faithful flying machine. As you draw closer, you see that the layer of "frosting" isn't terribly thick; in fact, the sun is already beginning to melt it away. The ice may be thin, but the questions come thick and fast. Where does this stuff come from? Learn more.

FAA adopts airworthiness directive for Lycoming Engines reciprocating engines
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The Federal Aviation Administration is adopting a new airworthiness directive for certain Lycoming Engines reciprocating engines. This AD was prompted by a report of a ''machined-from-billet'' HA-6 carburetor having a loose mixture control sleeve that rotated in the carburetor body causing restriction of fuel and power loss. This AD requires removing certain ''machined-from-billet'' Volare LLC HA-6 carburetors, inspecting for a loose mixture control sleeve or for a sleeve that may become loose, repairing the carburetor, or replacing the carburetor with one eligible for installation. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent engine in-flight shutdown, power loss and reduced control of the airplane. More

Helicopter and plane pilots walk away after midair collision
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VideoBriefA crew of three men removed a small, maroon helicopter with its tail severed from a field just south of Rio Vista, hours after colliding in midair with a small plane over Northern California, authorities say. The two-seat Robinson R22 helicopter came down just off state Highway 160, while the six-seat Beechcraft Bonanza made a rough landing in a field just short of an airport, the officials said. There was no immediate information on what caused the accident, or any details provided on the midair collision and damage to the two aircrafts. The male pilot of the single-engine plane and the 29-year-old female helicopter pilot were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. More

Unmanned aircraft cleared for takeoff inside US
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Until recently, unmanned aircraft like Predator drones have been developed for the battlefield, acting as the eyes, ears and muscle of the U.S. military in hostile territory. The FAA has been reluctant to open the door for unmanned flights inside the United States. Commercial operators aren't currently allowed to fly unmanned aircraft, and public agencies — like U.S. Customs and Border Protection — must apply for waivers from the FAA to use them. On Feb. 14, President Barack Obama signed into law an FAA funding bill that will significantly expand the use drones in the United States, opening the skies to hundreds — likely thousands — of unmanned aircraft piloted by companies and public agencies. More

They dared to fly
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For days in early February the south hangar at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Fla., was packed with visitors. They were seated in long rows of folding chairs, and stood on the gleaming painted hangar floor. Everyone faced the raised platform near the eastern wall, paying rapt attention to the reminiscing of three elderly gentlemen who had remarkable tales to tell. This was the first installment of the 2012 Legends and Legacies symposium series at the central Florida aviation-themed attraction. "They Dared to Fly" focused on the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, and to tell that story accurately, three graduates of the program sat at the dais and shared their memories and experiences during two sessions each day. More

Icon aircraft receives first-ever spin-resistance seal of approval
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Icon Aircraft has made aviation history even before finishing the final design of its first airplane. The company hit a significant milestone in the development of its A5 amphibious light sport aircraft with a wing design aimed at significantly improving safety. The company has completed a rigorous flight testing schedule focused on the stall and spin characteristics of the two-seater, and when the first plane rolls off the line it will become the first production aircraft to comply completely with FAA spin resistance standards. In simpler terms, Icon has designed an airplane that could practically erase one of the major causes of aviation accidents. More

Forest Service presents 'Aerial Safety Over Wildland Fires'
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The National Forest Service recently presented the program Aerial Safety over Wildland Fires. Private, commercial and air transportation pilots arrived at the Forest Service Aerial Headquarters at the Grant County Airport near Hurley, N.M., to learn from Robert Madill, the Forest Aviation Officer for the Gila and Lincoln National Forests on how to fly safely around wildland fires. Madill reviewed overall fire operations, including operations on the ground and in the air, safety tips and awareness for non-fire related aircraft flying in or near an active fire area. "We are trying to keep general aviation pilots in our area, and from Arizona all the way to Colorado, educated on what they need to know when they have entered a fire area with flight restrictions," Madill said. More

4 generations: Michigan youth completes solo flight
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A 16-year-old pilot prodigy is following a family tradition of taking to the friendly skies. Kris Anderson, a high school sophomore, late last year successfully completed his first solo flight, much to the delight of about 30 family members who were waiting in the wings when he touched down in a Cessna Skyhawk at Midland's Barstow Airport in Michigan. Anderson, a fourth-generation pilot, completed his solo flight on Dec. 17, the date of the Wright Brothers' historic first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Kris joins his father, Rob Anderson, grandfather Bob Anderson, and great-grandfather Knute A. Anderson as aviation enthusiasts in the family who have trained to become pilots. More

Report: Pilot should have survived crash
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The North Vancouver pilot of a small Beechcraft airplane that crashed near British Columbia’s Vancouver International Airport in October was struggling to regain control of the aircraft in the seconds before the plane crashed, says an interim report from the Transportation Safety Board. Luc Fortin, 44, lost control of the plane in the very last moments of the plane's approach, banking left and pitching nose down less than a kilometer from the runway. Fortin managed to level the wings and pull the nose up slightly in the final seconds of the flight, according to the report. But it was already too late. More

Writer takes to the skies soaring like a hawk
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Wayne Block loves to fly. He has flown in many kinds of aircraft, from single-engine jobs and old DC-3s to 747s and even helicopters. But until recently he had never flown in a plane without an engine. More

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