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Aviation groups press for leaded avgas alternatives
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The leaders of five aviation organizations have sent a letter to Congress urging support for the development of alternatives to leaded avgas in the FAA's fiscal 2013 budget. In their letter, the associations urged the House Appropriations Committee to support the work of the Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee, chartered by the FAA in January 2011 to study the avgas issue and provide recommendations. That work has been completed, and the panel is expected to release its report soon. More

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Deep vein thrombosis and travel
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Deep Vein Thrombosis is a condition in which a clot, or thrombus, typically forms in a deep vein in a leg. People with a DVT may notice pain and swelling in the leg where the clot has formed, though smaller clots may not cause any symptoms. The major problem occurs when a part of the clot breaks off and flows to the lungs. This condition, called a Pulmonary Embolus, can cause severe injury or death. DVTs are known to occur in about 1 out of 1,000 people in the general population from all causes. Learn more.

Vertical Power introduces next-generation backup EFIS
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(Editor’s note: This article is for informational purposes only. IFA does not endorse this product.)
Vertical Power has debuted the VP-400 system, a back-up EFIS that flies the aircraft safely to the best runway in an emergency, according to officials. As you fly, the VP-400 constantly searches for the best runway to land in an engine-out glide scenario. In an emergency, the pilot presses a red button on the instrument panel and the system automatically flies the aircraft to the best runway for landing. On short final, the pilot disconnects the system and lands the plane manually.

Photo a new clue in Amelia Earhart case?
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VideoBriefWhen Amelia Earhart disappeared in the South Pacific 75 years ago, she made headlines around the world. For decades dozens of searches have come up empty. Now a photograph, taken just three months after Earhart disappeared, has given new hope. A newly enhanced photo might show the wreckage of her plane. More

Garmin launches Pilot app, eyes iOS, Android platforms
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Garmin has launched Garmin Pilot, an aviation app that provides pilots with navigation, trip planning, filing, weather and electronic flight bag tools. The move is notable since tablets, mostly Apple's iPad, are being used in the cockpit over flight kits and paper-based systems. Garmin is also recognizing that its tools may not be sold with its own hardware all the time. Enter the app for other platforms. More

Veteran pilot wants farmland, ponds removed from Illinois county airport grounds
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As a pilot with about 40 years of flying experience, Richard Charette is of the firm belief that airports, farms and birds do not mix. Charette, 57, who has homes in both Sheboygan and Wadsworth, Ill., survived a real scare on the night of Aug. 7, 2011, when a sandhill crane struck his single-engine 1968 Piper Cherokee just after takeoff at Sheboygan County Memorial Airport. More

Flight school honored for helping women pilots soar
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From flying a crop dusting plane to being an astronaut, there aren't many women in aviation. The Calhoun Air Center at Calhoun County Airport in Texas is working to change that, and its efforts have been acknowledged by the Women of Aviation Worldwide. The Women of Aviation Worldwide awarded the flight training facility the Certified Women Friendly Flight Training Facility seal. The seal signifies that Calhoun Air Center is a good place for women to learn to fly. More

Nonprofit recruits volunteer pilots to fly people in need of medical care
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Angel Flight is a nonprofit organization that recruits volunteer pilots to transport people in need of distant medical treatment. Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic stretches from Virginia to Ohio and Pennsylvania. The organization has more than 630 pilots and traces its roots to the mid-1970s, when four pilots decided to dedicate their skills to a good cause, and formed Washington Aviation Ministry. WAM became Mercy Medical Airlift in 1987, Angel Flight's parent company. More

'Flying pancake' aircraft heads to Dallas
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VideoBriefIt looks more like a flying saucer than an airplane, and soon the antique military aircraft known as the 'Flying Pancake' will be on display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. The Vought V-173 aircraft got its nickname from its flat disc-shape design. Created at the end of World War II to test short takeoffs and landings, the antique experimental aircraft is the only one of its kind. More

Bird-Man video formally resolved
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VideoBriefMore than three million views later, the video that became a media magnet for showing a man flying under homemade flapping wings has been identified by its creator as a fabrication. Bird-Man Jarno Smeets said on a Dutch television show that he is in fact Floris Kaayk, a filmmaker and animator — and not the inventor of a physically real and functional man-machine-powered ornithopter as presented in his viral videos. More

101-year-old grandmother sets paragliding record
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Mary Allen Hardison, a 101-year-old grandmother from Ogden, Utah, has officially been recognized as the "oldest female to paraglide tandem" — an achievement described by Guinness World Records as a "celebration of the official start of spring and life rejuvenated." Hardison took up paragliding "on a whim," as she did not want to be outdone by her 75-year-old son, Allen, who had recently pursued the sport as a hobby. More

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