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NTSB cites additional cylinder-head issues
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The FAA hasn't done enough to address fatigue problems with Engine Components Inc. cylinder assemblies in some general aviation aircraft with TCM engines, the National Transportation Safety Board said. Several airworthiness directives were issued to deal with ECi problems between 2000 and 2009. However, the NTSB said ECi has shown that at least eight cylinder-head fatigue failures occurred in a group of cylinder assemblies produced for installation on TCM engines between October 2005 and October 2009, which are not covered by any corrective bulletin or directive. ECi presented its evidence to the Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB in January 2011, but the FAA has not taken any action. More

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Safer flying in icing conditions
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Aircraft icing is a continuing concern in all parts of aviation, from small planes to jumbo jets. It is an insidious hazard to aircraft. Wings, stabilizers, and control surfaces are carefully shaped to produce "lift" — the aerodynamic force that makes airplanes fly. Ice on these surfaces can make it hard for the pilot to control the airplane or even keep it airborne. Ice shedding off the wings also can damage the tail or be sucked into the engines. Learn more.

New law makes it a federal crime to point lasers at aircraft
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Laser pointers are increasingly being used for more than just presentations, and a new law makes it a federal offense to direct the light from the device at an aircraft or its flight path. The law is a provision of the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, and alleviates some burden of proof in prosecuting defendants accused of pointing the beams at aircraft. Previously, the prosecution was required to prove that the intent of the defendant was malicious, and that the defendant willingly pointed the beam at the aircraft. The new law does not require proof of willfulness, but rather requires the prosecution to prove that the defendant knowingly targeted the aircraft or its path with a laser pointer. More

Pilots deal with rising gas prices
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VideoBriefAviation students shell out a lot of money to earn their wings. They pay for instructor time, use of the plane and, of course, fuel. So as fuel prices climb, pilots see the costs of their dreams soar. More

This idea could fly: Students design all-electric plane
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Because of seven Las Vegas-area high school students, the Federal Aviation Administration is looking into regulations for something it's never had to certify — an all-electric airplane. A team of Rancho High School students has designed a two-person, light-sport plane that could cruise 1,000 feet high at 200 mph for more than two hours. It would rely on an 81-horsepower electric motor, a lithium-ion battery similar to that in the Hyundai Sonata hybrid car, and wings covered with solar panels. More

Pilots strive to learn new skills
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Being a private pilot recreationally is actually a lot of work. You've got to make time to be in the air to practice and keep up on the latest technologies and safety rules. So imagine trying to maintain your pilot's license while maintaining a full-time job. It's the passion that makes that possible. More

9 Pennsylvania airports get upgrades
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A $10 million state investment will fund projects at nine airports across Pennsylvania. The grants are distributed through the Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program, which is funded through state capital bond dollars in the General Fund budget. The grants leverage more than $12 million in matching funds. Authorized by the General Assembly, the grants are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Bureau of Aviation. More

FAA chief hails LEED rating at Tennessee's Lovell Field
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Chattanooga Airport's green credentials were cited by the Federal Aviation Administration's top administrator, saying it's out front in terms of environmentally friendly airports nationwide. Michael Huerta, the FAA's interim chief, said the Tennessee airport is the first nationally to garner a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum award. The airport at Lovell Field earned the highest LEED designation for its new general aviation terminal and solar farm. More

Ohio museum restoring famed plane 'Memphis Belle'
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Crews in Ohio are working to restore a famed B-17 bomber from World War II, scraping paint and bending metal to bring back the beauty of the Memphis Belle. The storied aircraft flew 25 crucial missions over Europe during the war, a rare accomplishment at the time. Now the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton is preparing the plane for display in its World War II Gallery, tentatively scheduled for 2014. More

Maryland teen honored for saving father's life
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Maryland's Calvert County Board of County Commissioners recently recognized a Lusby pilot's 16-year-old son with a "hero proclamation" for saving his father's life after a crash in the fall. The commissioners honored Phillip Waugh-Merkley on Feb. 7 for pulling his injured father, Stephen Waugh, from their fixed-wing, single-engine plane Nov. 20 after a trip from Chicago ended in a crash landing at the Chesapeake Ranch Estates airport in Lusby, Md. Although the senior Waugh said he holds the blame as the pilot that night, he also said the number of trees around the airfield makes it challenging to land at night, particularly during a high overcast, as there was Nov. 20. The overcast blocks all moonlight and starlight, creating what the FAA calls a "black hole effect," he said. More

Teen's love for aviation lives on 2 years after his death
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VideoBriefPatrick Marzitelli, a former White Bear Lake, Minn., student, wanted to get his pilot's license. He was just months away from finishing his pilot training when his life ended in an ugly accident. The 17-year-old student died almost two years ago after he fell into a fuel tank at Anoka County Airport. He left behind broken hearts and broken dreams. But his family was determined to keep his love of aviation alive. Last year, they started the Patrick Marzitelli Scholarship Fund. The fund pays for the class that helps kids fulfill their dreams. More

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