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World's '1st airport' largely unknown
According to author Thom Patterson: An old wooden shack and rows of tilted fence posts — In a way, this deserted little patch of Midwestern dirt was the starting point for every airport in the world.
On a cold winter's day, I scan a snowy, lonely field north of Dayton, Ohio. Not sure exactly where I am, I wonder for a minute if I'm lost. A National Park Service sign makes it clear what I'm looking at: "The first airport. Exploring Huffman Prairie Flying Field."
Wait. Back up. I don't think I knew about that.
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Gulfstream ships more than Cessna in business jet rebound
Gulfstream became the world's No. 2 maker of business jets by deliveries in 2013 as surging sales of its large executive jets outpaced Cessna's smaller lineup, an industry group said.
Growing demand in the Middle East has driven the large jet boom, helping to offset a shrinking European market, said Steve Taylor, head of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in a webcast.
Florida airport approach becomes emergency as bird strikes aircraft
Fort Myers News-Press
About 10 miles out from Page Field airport in Fort Myers, Fla., pilot Robert Weber had his 1986 Piper Saratoga on autopilot and was enjoying the calm afternoon flight.
In an instant, the windshield shattered, feathers scattered, and something scraped across Weber forehead as his sunglasses tore from his face.
"It was a total shock," Weber, president of Garden Street Iron & Metal in Fort Myers, said as he inspected his aircraft.
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Smoking: Hazardous to your aviation health
By Paul Engstrom, IFA member and aviation writer
"Quit smoking? Sure, it's easy," you say. "I've quit a thousand times!" Problem is, as a pilot you won't get a thousand chances to recover safely from the dangerous mental and physical effects of thin air at altitude — effects greatly exacerbated by tobacco use. Indeed, you may only get one chance, especially if the threat is hypoxia, or life-threatening oxygen deprivation.
We've all heard the bad news about smoking — how it increases the risk of cancer, heart disease and heart attack, stroke, asthma, high blood pressure, pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, dementia, pneumonia, and other ills. Aside from that grim picture, tobacco can also interfere with your flying acumen.
IFA pilot quiz — Aviation 1sts
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We always remember our first flight, our first solo, our first passenger. What other firsts do you remember in aviation? Caution: this one is not easy.
1. The Wright Brothers made four flights that first day in 1903. How far did the longest flight travel in the air?
a. 70 feet
2. In what year did the first hydroplane take off from the water, fly, and successfully land on its pontoons?
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Just more than a half mile
c. Just less than a quarter mile
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Pennsylvania man uses own 'wings' for Angel Flight
Washington Observer Reporter
Since first learning to pilot an airplane close to 40 years ago, Washington, Pa., resident Bob McDemus has primarily flown for his own pleasure or to connect with clients of his company.
Last year, McDemus gassed up his single-engine Cessna Cardinal for a different kind of flight.
Premier launches diesel Cessna 172 upgrade program
Premier Aircraft Sales has launched an upgrade program for the Cessna Skyhawk that adds a new Continental/Centurion 2.0 diesel engine to the airplane to go along with fresh paint, new interior and modern glass avionics.
The first airplane upgraded under the program is a 1997 Cessna 172R model with a sticker price of $289,500 — about $70,000 less than a brand new Skyhawk.
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Yingling Aviation continues to expand services
Yingling Aviation has been selected to convert a Beechcraft King Air B200 from a standard executive interior to a critical-care medical configuration. Jerry Pickett, Yingling's vice president of customer programs, said that medevac operator EagleMed will continue to fly both C90s and B200s in its mix and is not replacing all aircraft. The operator flies the King Air 90s in a single-bed configuration; the King Air 200s will have a two-bed configuration. "This latest project highlights the expanding services we offer at our facility," he said.
FAA issues new helicopter safety rules
Just before the start of HAI's Heli-Expo, which opens its doors in Anaheim, Calif., the FAA has finalized a rule that aims to improve helicopter safety. The new rule requires helicopter operators to include additional safety equipment, improve communications and procedures and impose additional training requirements for their pilots.
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