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FAA to close 149 air traffic towers
Aviation Today
The FAA announced its decision to close 149 contract air traffic control towers as part of its reduced operating budget under the recently enacted automatic across-the-board government spending cuts known as sequestration. The agency said it reduced the number of planned tower closures from 189 to 149 after considering the impact to the nation's air transportation system, ultimately choosing to shut down those towers that would pose the smallest impact on safety and air traffic congestion. The majority of the towers scheduled to close are at small and medium-sized airports that serve commercial and general aviation air traffic.
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Pilots practice general aviation safety
WMBD-TV
Pilots at Illinois' Mt. Hawley Airport are doing all they can to fly safely and encourage general aviation practice. There is often a stigma that comes along with flying in a small plane. The stakes are higher at 30,000 feet. That's why it's crucial pilots take safety seriously. According to the Department of Transportation, human error is the number one cause of small plane crashes. At Mt. Hawley, they're teaching pilots to always have a back up plan.
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50,000 US airplanes disappear
Flying Magazine
Just over three years ago, the FAA began the process of updating registrations for all U.S. aircraft. The new registrations transitioned from "permanent" registration to requiring registration renewal every three years. One of the goals of this process was to update the list of aircraft that were still active in the U.S. aviation system.
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Sneezes and Zzzzs
FAA Safety Briefing via I Fly America
As winter’s grip on most of the country slowly loosens, the countryside comes back to life. While most people regard the warming weather as nothing but good news, not everyone is so cheery. For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the annual spring rejuvenation can be a very unpleasant time.

To cope with the sneezing and congestion, many allergy sufferers turn to over-the-counter medications like Benadryl, Allergia-C and other common allergy remedies. Though effective, these medications are not without side effects

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IFA pilot's quiz: Aviation safety
I Fly America
Every FAA Administrator proudly declares that safety is the primary concern of the administration. Let's test some safety questions.

1. The aviation safety and reporting system (ASRS) was developed and is operated by the:
  1. Federal Aviation Administration
  2. National Transportation Board
  3. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
2. If an emergency landing must be made in trees, it is best to:
  1. Land gear up
  2. Land gear down
  3. Depends on circumstances and aircraft type
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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IN THE NEWS


Controller praised for saving hypoxic pilot
Aviation International News
LouElla Hollingsworth, a veteran air traffic controller with 29 years' experience, saved the pilot of a Piaggio Avanti when she recognized signs of hypoxia in his radio transmissions on Nov. 16 last year. Thanks to Hollingsworth's quick thinking as a Fort Worth Center controller in Texas, she convinced the pilot to descend to a lower altitude where the oxygen level was suitable for breathing.
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Concerns over drone testing in Florida
Tampa Bay Times
Members of the community gathered to discuss their fears about a potential drone testing project in Hernando County, Fla. Chief among them was David Lemon, a pilot at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. Lemon voiced concerns about the testing when the Hernando County Aviation Authority agreed to move forward in the application process, seeking to make the airport a test site. The site would be used to find out how unmanned drones would fit in with general aviation activities.
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Aviation trade group seeking uniform rules, sales guidelines, FAA certification
Wichita Eagle
Officials from the general aviation industry’s largest trade group were in Wichita, Kan., to outline a host of issues facing the industry and some of the initiatives the group has launched. Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and Brad Mottier, GAMA chairman and GE Aviation executive, were the speakers at the Wichita Aero Club's March meeting. Mottier and Bunce said the organization hopes to gain consistent interpretation of regulations across all Federal Aviation Administration aircraft certification offices.
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Whitehead '1st flight' claims stir critical backlash
AVweb
Critics that include the National Aviation Heritage Alliance and a senior curator for the Smithsonian Institution have refuted claims made this month and supported by Jane's All the World's Aircraft that Gustav Whitehead piloted a powered aircraft years before the Wright Brothers. The claim specifically stated that Whitehead first flew his original powered monoplane by at least 1901.
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IHST brings helicopter safety focus to US
Aviation International News
The International Helicopter Safety Team says it's time to develop a team focused solely on helicopter safety in the U.S. Even though the number of civil helicopter accidents has declined over the past six years, that decline has recently leveled off. Kim Smith, the IHST's co-chair, believes the new direction will free the organization to concentrate on safety strategies for the global helicopter community.
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Texas airport looks to become seaplane haven
General Aviation News
Joey Baker says he never met a pilot who didn't want a seaplane rating. Working off that premise, he's hoping that Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport in Texas will become a destination for seaplane pilots across the United States.
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Great Alaska Aviation Gathering celebrates its 16th year and a century of flight in Alaska
Anchorage Daily News
The Alaska Airmen's Association's Great Alaska Aviation Gathering will take place May 4-5. Nearly 300 exhibitors will showcase state-of-the-art aviation technology, products, safety,innovations and more. The show will feature more than 70 indoor and outdoor static displays of a wide range of aircrafts, including sport, general aviation, experimental, commercial, corporate and military.
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