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The pilots in the basement
The New York Times
Much has been made of the flight simulator found in the home of Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. Why would a guy who spends so much time flying real airplanes want to pretend he's flying a fake one in his off hours?
No one knows Shah's motivation, of course, but he represents just one of hundreds of thousands of virtual aviation enthusiasts. They grip yokes and advance throttles in their spare bedrooms and basements, virtually flying everything from Piper Cubs to the Concorde.
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What can pilots do to avoid vanishing?
By Ryan Clark
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 7, and it has been missing ever since. With all of the talk surrounding the vanishing of Flight 370, many people are asking just how can a plane — in this day-and-age — simply vanish? Sure, it made sense when people believed in a Bermuda Triangle, but with today's technology and instrumentation, what exactly are the factors and failures that go into an airplane vanishing? More importantly, what can pilots do to remain safe going forward?
Dynon adds touchscreen to SkyView suite
The Dynon Avionics engineering team in Woodinville, Wash., has added touchscreen capability to its SkyView avionics suite. Available for experimental and light sport aircraft only, SkyView Touch complements the existing hard-button knob controls — including the autopilot panel — rather than replacing them. It offers pilots a choice of interface. "Touch when you want it; turbulence when you don't" is the company catchphrase associated with the new capability.
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What happens when a pilot gets a DUI/DWI?
By Stuart Simpson
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 — Aviation 1sts
I Fly America
Many firsts stand out in the memories of pilots—the first solo, first cross country flight, and first passenger. How many of these firsts can you identify?
1. Even without a pilot’s license, who was able to fly, carry passengers, and give flight instruction because he did it before a license was required in the U.S.?
a. Eddie Rickenbacker
2. In 1931, who made the fourth around-the-world flight by aircraft?
b. Charles Lindberg
c. Wiley Post
a. Wiley Post and Harold Getty
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Charles and Anne Lindbergh
c. Jimmy Doolittle and Roger Williams
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FAA solicits comments for ACs addressing loss of control
In an effort to address the cause for a high percentage of fatal aircraft accidents, loss of control in flight, the FAA is requesting comments regarding two advisory circulars: AC 120-109A and AC 120-UPRT. While the ACs are primarily addressed to air carriers flying under Part 121 regulations, pilots flying any type of airplane can benefit from the information published in these ACs, and may be able to provide valuable comments regarding the update of these important documents.
Amid jet mystery, pilots' psychological health a concern
The Associated Press via ABC News
There are numerous tactics designed to keep dangerous people and threats out of the cockpit. However, this does nothing if the pilot is the problem.
Amid the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, investigators have said they're considering many options, including whether the pilots had any nefarious intentions when they boarded the plane.
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Norwegian F-16 pilot shoots incredible footage from the cockpit
Still regretting that decision to not join the armed forces and be trained as a pilot? Now you can see what you're missing out on.
This video — shot by a Norwegian fighter pilot while zooming around in an F-16 jet during a training exercise — gives viewers a cockpit view of life in the danger zone.
The unidentified pilot also took a more traditional selfie.
Peyton Manning visits Cessna for launch of Citation CJ3-Plus
The Wichita Eagle
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was in Wichita, Kan., for Cessna Aircraft's launch of the Citation CJ3-Plus business jet, an update of its CJ3.
"[Manning] was our special guest for an exclusive customer event celebrating the launch of the new Citation CJ3-Plus," a spokeswoman confirmed in an email.
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