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Aviation experts applaud Harrison Ford's handling of plane's crash-landing
CBS Local
Aviation experts are applauding Harrison Ford's handling of the frightening crash-landing of a vintage aircraft in the Venice area of Los Angeles, California. Ford remained hospitalized and was recovering after the crash-landing at the Penmar Golf Club. As KCAL9's Juan Fernandez, the fact that Ford, who received his pilot's license in the 1990s, survived not having engine power has been the talk among fellow pilots, who said he reacted to the life-or-death situation "incredibly."
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Flight training the Wright way
General Aviation News
The Wright brothers are well known as scientists, inventors, builders and flyers — and they became international celebrities in 1909 with record-setting flights in Europe and America. Less well known were their efforts as flight instructors and flight school creators. They began flight instruction in Europe. Later back home, they trained aviators for their exhibition team, for the military and, as interest in aviation grew, they opened flight schools for civilian pilots.
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NTSB could reopen Buddy Holly crash probe
AVweb
The case of the storied 1959 Beech Bonanza crash that killed Buddy Holly, two fellow singers and the pilot could reopen at the request of a New England man who has his own theories about what happened on that February night. L. J. Coon, who describes himself as a retired pilot and aircraft dispatcher, has petitioned the NTSB to reopen the case based on his research indicating that something other than pilot inexperience and disorientation in IMC caused the crash. "You have gotten our attention," the NTSB emailed Coon, with a promise to make a decision on reopening the case in the coming weeks.
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10 days — How the FAA handles LOIs
By Wayne Fry; reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
This article's title starts with two words: ten days. Ten days is how long the FAA gives you to respond to a Letter of Investigation (LOI). An LOI is your notice that the agency is looking into some action you have taken or some work that you have done. Although not mandatory, most FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) will send you an LOI if the evidence shows that a violation exists. The LOI is part of a process that you should know about.
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Accident Report — Failure to maintain clearance during aborted landing — Cessna 172G
I Fly America
A Cessna 172G was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during an aborted landing at a private airstrip near Eustis, Maine. The certificated private pilot and passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which departed Swans Field Airport (3S2), Dixfield, Maine, about 1010.
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Legal issues mire FlightPro
AVweb
It appears that FlightPro, the well-regarded Android flight planner and chart app, will not be back anytime soon, thanks to increasingly intense legal wrangling among the shareholders and entities involved. FlightPro missed the recent update for its subscribers and at least some of those involved were hopeful the service could be restored. That doesn't seem likely in the short term at least. Shane Gordon, the general counsel for FlightPro, has told subscribers there will be no further updates until the legal wrangling is settled.
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Swiss pair launch effort to pilot solar-powered plane around globe
The Washington Post
An historic attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered aircraft the weight of a minivan began as the plane took off from Abu Dhabi on the first leg of its record-breaking journey. The Swiss-made, single-seat plane left Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen Executive Airport just as the sun was rising. The plane, in­cred­ibly light but with a wing-span longer than that of a 747 jet, runs only on solar power. Its wings carry just over 17,000 solar cells that transfer solar energy to four electrical motors that then power the plane's propellers.
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Tri-City Aviation event introduces women to male-dominated field of aviation
TriCities.com
Young women were given a sneak peek into the world of the male-dominated aviation field during a special event at Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville, Tennessee. Tri-City Aviation held the Women in Aviation event at the airport and featured seminars, demonstrations, free plane rides and tours. "We're hoping that it will provide women with information about aviation," said pilot Janice Pelletti, who helped organize the event.
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American Aero acquires additional hangars, land at FTW
General Aviation News
FBO American Aero FTW has purchased 64,000 square feet of additional hangar space and 2.3 acres of land at Meacham International Airport (FTW). American Aero is also building three hangars and a two-story office complex. Slated for completion later this year, the new hangars will accommodate any aircraft up to a Gulfstream G650.
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Report finds FAA cyber-security lacking
AVweb
The FAA's air traffic control system is at "increased and unnecessary risk" from cyber-attacks and other threats, according to a government report released. The analysis by the Government Accountability Office found weaknesses in controlling access to computer systems, encrypting sensitive data, and implementing security programs. For example, the auditors found the agency's information security systems and procedures don't meet the requirements of a 2002 law, and its information security strategic plan hasn't been updated since 2010.
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