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FAA forecast mixed for GA
The FAA released its annual aviation forecast for the next 20 years, predicting growth for the turbine and rotorcraft fleets but downturns in sales of most fixed-wing piston airplanes. The business jet market grew in 2014 for the first time since 2008, and the forecast predicts "robust growth" in that sector over the long term, driven by higher corporate profits and the growth of worldwide GDP.
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Airport to debut new space for corporate aircraft
The Springfield-Branson National Airport held a ribbon-cutting for its general aviation redevelopment project, which local business leaders hope will be a positive for economic development.
"When Matt and Ryan and the folks here at the chamber bring up an exec to come in to Springfield and hopefully employ a lot of people, there's a very good chance that they're going to have corporate aircraft, and the last thing I want to say is we don't have room for you," Airport Director of Aviation Brian Weiler said.
NASA's electric airplane project moves forward
NASA engineers are now testing an airplane wing fitted with 18 electric motors, and they plan to replace the wings and engine of a Tecnam P2006T with an improved version of the system within the next two years. The project, called LEAPTech, for Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology, "is a key element of NASA's plan to help a significant portion of the aircraft industry transition to electrical propulsion within the next decade," according to a NASA news release.
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What happens when a pilot gets a DUI/DWI?
By Stuart Simpson via I Fly America
Your worst nightmare as a pilot — a DUI. Will this end your career as a pilot? What if you are the lawyer representing a pilot? Is this a simple DUI case or will it end your law career with a malpractice lawsuit? I know these questions can light up your eyes to why a pilot is different when they get a DUI.
IFA pilot quiz — 1sts before and after the Wrights
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We in aviation usually think of the Wright Brothers as the first to fly. They were the first to fly a controllable, heavier-than-air vehicle. However, there were many other firsts before and after the Wrights. How many do you know?
1. The first free flight by humans was made by Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes in a balloon. Peak altitude was 500 feet and they traveled about 5 1/2 miles in 20 minutes. When was this first flight?
2. Who was the first woman to fly in a balloon?
a. German actress Helga Schultz
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. American suffragette Mary Chandler
c. French opera singer Mme. Thible
Accident Report - Failure to maintain control of airplane while on final approach - Learjet 35A
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The pilot canceled the IFR flight plan as the aircraft crossed the VOR and reported the airport in site. The last radio contact with Air Traffic Control was at 0935:16. The crew did not report any problems before or during the accident flight. The distance from the VOR to the airport was 4 nautical miles. Witnesses saw the airplane enter right traffic at a low altitude, for a landing on runway 36, then turn right from base leg to final, less than 1/2-mile from the approach end of the runway. Witnesses saw the airplane pitch up nose high, and the right wing drop. The airplane than struck trees west of the runway, struck wires, caught fire and impacted on a hard surface road.
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FAA names National GA Award winners
The General Aviation Awards program and the FAA revealed the winners of the 2014 National GA awards, which each year recognize top aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation.
The recipients are Mary Schu of Tualatin, Oregon, who was named Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year; Donald Streitenberger Jr. of Cincinnati, Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year; Ricky Hestilow of Arlington, Texas, Avionics Technician of the Year; and Christopher Hope of Kansas City, Missouri, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.
The dangers of overthinking
General Aviation News
According to author Jeffrey Madison: My wife's lovely voice pierced an almost-as-lovely evening flight. "What's that red light on the instrument panel?"
She was pointing to the alternator fail red warning light. And now a fancy-free evening above central Virginia pine forests had just turned into "a situation."
My wife is competent, cool under pressure. If she ever deigned to get her license, she'd make an excellent pilot. For the time being, she is content to be my First Officer.
Your refurb: New paint
While it may be a shallow measuring gauge, the most popular indicator of the success of an aircraft refurb is the paint job. A good one can be used to disguise many ills while a bad one can overwhelm the perfection of the new leather interior and top-of-the-line glass panel.
So, in the process of refurbishing your airplane, what can you do to improve the odds of getting a top notch paint job at a price that doesn't require a third mortgage?
Solar Impulse claims 2 speed records in 1 flight
Solar Impulse has completed the fourth of 12 legs on its historic flight around the world using nothing but solar power. A carnival-like atmosphere with local dance performances greeted pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse Bertrand Piccard as he approached the runway in Mandalay, Myanmar.
Solar Impulse reached a peak altitude of 27,000 feet during the flight and a maximum speed of 216 km/hr — nearly 117 knots — thanks to the high altitude jet stream.
New Orleans pilot group hosts aviation day
The New Orleans Golden Eagles Pilot's Association flew down to Chennault International Airport to introduce members of an area church to the world of aviation.
Dozens of members of The New Shiloh Church in Lake Charles participated in a 3-part program where children and adults took their first look into "Aviation 101."
"I was at this point, at one point in my life," said certified pilot and New Orleans Golden Eagles chapter president Cedric Grimes, who helped facilitate the program.
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