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NTSB: Many small plane crashes avoidable with better pilot training
ABC News
VideoBriefFor private plane pilots, their final terrifying, twisting view of earth that leads to a crash is all too common and devastating, but that could be avoided with proper training, the National Transportation Safety Board said. More private pilots are in the air now than ever, and the leading cause of death is pilot loss of control.
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Related: The NTSB's five newly issued "Safety Alerts" (NTSB)




FAA pushes back release of tower list
The Courier
The Federal Aviation Administration has put off announcing its closure list of contract air traffic control towers until March 22. The FAA was scheduled to release the final list March 18 but pushed it back due to a large number of appeals submitted by the targeted airports and their communities. The closures are part of $600 million in federal sequestration budget cuts required by the aviation agency this fiscal year.
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Help protect GA interests in Congress
Helicopter Association International
They say the best defense is a good offense. On Capitol Hill, congressional members and staff who understand general aviation and can explain the impacts of legislation on GA to fellow members is one of our best defenses. That is why it is important to contact your congressional representatives and urge them to join the GA Caucus if they are not already a member, or thank them for their support if they already are.
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Advanced preflight — Take your preflight inspection to the next level
FAA Safety Briefing via I Fly America
At an airport near Tulsa, Okla., a pilot, his wife and their infant grandchild climbed aboard a Cessna 210 Centurion one late August afternoon for what should have been a routine flight. The proud grandparents were flying their seven-month old granddaughter back to her home in Joplin, Miss. The scene was set for a safe flight with 10-mile visibility and light winds. But what started without incident ended quickly in tragedy.
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IN THE NEWS


Wright Brothers not 1st to fly?
Flying Magazine
In a startling announcement, Jane's All the World's Aircraft has named an August 1901 flight by Connecticut aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead as the first successful powered flight in history, beating the Wright Brothers by more than two years. Jane's, which calls itself the world's foremost authority on aviation history, with great authority, has traditionally backed the Wrights as first in flight. Now they say the evidence for Whitehead's flight is strong enough for the publication to reverse course and recognize it as the first successful powered flight.
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Pilot walks away from small plane crash
KSTU-TV
VideoBriefA pilot was uninjured in a crash at Skypark Airport in Woods Cross, Utah. The crash happened when a single-engine plane was coming in for a landing. The plane flipped upside-down in the crash, then caught fire. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the plane, walked away from the crash. Windy conditions may have been a factor.
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Pilots shielded from lasers with gold?
AVweb
Laser chemist and researcher Jayan Thomas of the University of Central Florida is working to create eyewear that could use gold to prevent pilots from being temporarily blinded or injured by laser light shot into the cockpit from the ground. Researchers are working to develop a method of impregnating lenses with tiny nano clusters of gold that block out high-intensity laser light while allowing normal visible light to pass through. Last year, the FAA documented more than 3,400 laser incidents that involved aircraft.
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A life in flight for first woman 'Thunderbirds' pilot
U.S. Air Force
VideoBriefSince 1953, the Air Force's air demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, have captivated spectators across the world and showed its audiences what the Air Force's aircraft are capable of. For two years, Lt.Col. Nicole Malachowski surprised audiences not just in the air, but especially when she stepped out of the cockpit of the fighter jet as the first woman to be accepted for a seat on the Air Force's premier show team.
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The secrets behind an air-to-air photo shoot
General Aviation News
For the photographer on an air-to-air photo mission, there is one simple goal: Getting a great shot. For the pilots involved in the formation shoot, the prime directive is safety. To accomplish both, planning is the key.
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Flying camp, for free
AVweb
Seventy-year-old Vietnam veteran and CFII Rafael Sierra has created a short summer camp program in Thermal, Calif., that provides select high school students with ground school, one hour of flight training and a student pilot certificate — all free. Sierra's Coachella Valley Youth Aviation Education Program selects students on the basis of their essay submissions and their desire to become commercial pilots. He runs the program on financial donations and contributions from like-minded friends and local businesses. Sierra says his model is simple and can be copied successfully across the country.
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Embracing the seaplane lifestyle
General Aviation News
Not many people can say they pursued their seaplane rating out of necessity, but Greg Corrado from Port Orchard, Wash., can. He always had an interest in aviation but it wasn't until he reached his 40s that he had both the time — and a financial reason — to pursue his wings.
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