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NTSB to consider new safety alerts for general aviation
Wichita Business Journal
The National Transportation Safety Board will meet to consider new safety alerts aimed at reducing the number of accidents involving general aviation aircraft. An NTSB safety alert comes in the form of an information sheet about a safety issue along with guidance about handling the problem.
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Report: Pilot ignored warnings before fatal crash
A preliminary report on the crash of a small plane in New Mexico that killed three says the pilot was warned against taking off in windy conditions. In its report on the March 3 crash, the National Transportation Safety Board says winds at Angel Fire, N.M., were gusting to 54 mph with a sustained speed of 38 mph at the time of the crash.
Zuccaro: Helicopter operators, technicians, noise studies needed
Noise complaints related to helicopter traffic in New York prompted the application of political pressure on the FAA, resulting in an FAA mandate and new helicopter routes. Forcing helicopters into a smaller corridor lends to increased congestion and safety degradation, Matt Zuccaro, president of Helicopter Association International, explains. Such initiatives are expected to move across the country and soon affect other aviation segments.
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Don't dither with weather
FAA Safety Briefing via I Fly America
We pilots pride ourselves on being decisive, take-charge kind of people. And, for the most part, that's exactly who we are. That's why it's so ironic to see how much many of us dither with decisions on weather, especially since that is so obviously an area where clear, take-charge decisions are both necessary and appropriate. So why do we aviators still come to grief in weather.
IFA pilot's quiz: Biennial flight review
I Fly America
Some things about flying are just fun to know, while others are necessary when taking biennial flight reviews or other tests. On your next biennial, throw some of these questions at your instructor.
1. What is the origin of the term "dead reckoning?"
2. Cal Rogers was the first person to fly an airplane coast to coast. For what other first is he known?
- Straight navigation, so the compass is "dead"
- Deduced reckoning
- From term "Direction Estimates And Distance"
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
- First to use a parachute
- First to fly a float plane
- First to die from bird strike
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New FAA Safety Briefing focuses on FAA safety standdown themes
Aviation News Today
The FAA has issued the March/April 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing. The issue focuses on the themes of the 4th Annual FAA Safety Standdown: Building a Safety Community, human error and loss of control — the leading causal factor in general aviation accidents. Articles explore each of these critical areas and provide important insight, tips and resources for improving general aviation safety.
Biofuel powers 182 flight
Aviation biofuel experiments took another step forward when a crew from the New Jersey-based Paramus Flying Club flew their Cessna 182 with an SMA diesel engine from Smithfield, R.I., to Kitty Hawk, N.C., on a blend of 50 percent biofuel and 50 percent Jet A. The biofuel, made by SkyNRG in the Netherlands, is refined from recycled cooking oil.
Nationwide search on for high school students to build a plane
General Aviation News
In a collaborative effort to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and stimulate student interaction in aviation and manufacturing, Build A Plane and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association have launched a nationwide STEM educational competition. The winners of this competition will receive free trips to the Glasair Aviation facilities in Arlington, Wash., to build two Glasair Sportsman aircraft.
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Rotorcraft rule rewrite hot topic at Heli-Expo
Aviation International News
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association held a meeting at Heli-Expo to share its experience with the government/industry working group designed to rewrite FAR Part 23 certification rules for fixed-wing aircraft and encourage the helicopter industry to apply the model for possible revision of Parts 27 and 29 helicopter certification standards.
100 years of flying
The young pilot struggled against dust and wind that swirled 10,000 feet above the valleys sandwiched between Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains, with only a rudimentary pair of plain glass goggles to protect his face. But he was determined to find signs of the rebel bandit Pancho Villa who had recently led a raid into New Mexico that killed eight U.S. Soldiers and 10 American civilians. The year was 1916.
X-Plane v10.20 released
Fly Away Simulation
Laminar Research (the developers of X-Plane simulator), recently announced the release of version 10.20 with immediate effect. Existing users of X-Plane can easily update to the latest version using the automatic updated program that comes bundled with the software. This new version enables 64-bit on the software, making full use of modern computer systems that support this mode. The main benefit of utilizing the 64-bit system is that X-Plane has access to more memory and can store cached files/data there more readily.
Modifying your Cessna for the better
General Aviation News
The more we like our airplanes, the more it seems we want to modify them for the better. This is particularly true for Cessna owners whose aircraft may not have rolled through the hangar door with all the bells and whistles standard on newer planes. Of course the official starting point for all modifications is the Supplemental Type Certificates for aircraft make and model listed by the FAA.
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