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Oldest active pilot enters Guinness World Records
A new world record was created when a 95-year-old pilot took to the skies and in the process, became the oldest living pilot who still flies a plane. Meet Peter Weber Jr. — the nonagenarian who flew a small plane for about 20 minutes a few days ago and set the new record. During the event that was attended by several media outlets, Peter made three loops around a small airfield — much to the delight of his friends and family. According to the Sacramento Bee, the the flight Peter Weber Jr. made qualifies him to be the world's oldest active pilot.
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'Turbo the Flying Dog' to teach children about airplanes in 2nd book
The Pixie Pilot
Turbo, star of the children's book "Turbo the Flying Dog," is back in the sequel, Turbo Learns to Fly, scheduled for release May 9, 2015. "Turbo Learns to Fly," the second book in the series for children ages 4 to 8, follows Turbo's story as he takes his first flight lesson, and makes a new friend in his female flight instructor, Olive.
The series is inspired by the real-life rescue dogs of authors Kelly Kennedy and Victoria Zajko and focuses on rescue and aviation themes.
FAA testing fuel after plane stalls
Valley News Live
When you hear that a plane hit a vehicle driving down the highway, the thoughts that come to mind tend to be grim.
"When we get a call of a plane crash over the radio, my instinct is to think of the worst one I have been to," explains Cass County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Todd. "And when you get out here and everyone is up and around and talking, we are grateful for that."
Authorities say the crash ended the best way it could — no injuries and only property damage.
New York passes GA sales tax exemptions
General aviation aircraft and installed equipment will be exempt from New York's sales and use tax starting Sept. 1, under reforms passed Wednesday by the state legislature. The measure was approved in the wee hours as part of New York's state budget and is expected to be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The tax exemption drew applause from GA organizations.
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Sneezes and zzzzs
By Frederick E. Tilton, M.D; Federal Air Surgeon
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
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 (OTC) medications like Benadryl, Allergia-C, and other common allergy remedies. Though effective, these medications are not without side effects.
IFA pilot quiz — Busted FAA regulations
I Fly America
It has been said many times that no flight ever takes off without unknowingly violating several FAA regulations. This is understandable considering there are 1,603 flight rules and sub-rules about pilots. Then there are rules for mechanics, aircraft certification, air carrier operations, etc. So, how is your flying? Have you ever unknowingly busted a regulation? Here are just a few questions relating to piloting. Test yourself.
1. What category of aircraft always has the right-of-way?
2. Except for takeoff and landing, what is the minimum altitude that may be flown over congested areas and open-air assemblies?
c. Any type aircraft on the right
a. 1,000 feet above highest obstacle within radius of 2,000 feet
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. 500 feet if open areas exist on terrain to permit emergency landing
c. Powered parachutes, balloons, and weight-shift aircraft have no restrictions
Accident Report — Airspeed not maintained listed as one cause — Piper PA 46-310P
I Fly America
About 1420 Central Standard Time, a Piper PA-46-310P crashed while circling to land at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, Destin, Florida, while on a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an IFR flight plan was filed. The airplane was substantially damaged and the private-rated pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The flight originated about 1248 Eastern Standard Time from the Naples Municipal Airport, Naples, Florida.
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What's causing a constant roughness in my engine?
General Aviation News
According to author Paul McBride: Aging aircraft are notorious for having cockpit instrumentation that can be inaccurate. So, my question to you is have you had your tachometer calibrated recently? We may have a condition here where the tach is reading a couple hundred rpm low which, in turn, means the engine is drawing more horsepower and not getting the proper amount of fuel to support that extra power.
If your carburetor has a flow setting to support 250 hp at 2,575 rpm and your engine is actually turning 2,650 or 2,700, which is not indicated on your tach, the engine is not getting the proper amount of fuel to support the horsepower being taken out of the engine.
We Fly: Piper Meridian M500
Piper recently announced the latest iteration of its Meridian turboprop single, which it now calls the M500. I'll admit up front that my initial reaction upon hearing the news was this: Whenever a company makes a name change to a product and that new name includes a number — in this case, the number 500 — I have to wonder what number is about to come next. OK, end of speculation.
According to author Dave Higdon: Long ago, an instructor explained to me that knowing the various options for using the airplane, the different ways to make it do what's needed, and the savvy to use those different models as appropriate; differentiated aviating from rote piloting. In the case of using climb abilities to your benefit, the best preparation begins with knowing and understanding all available options, knowing the plane and practice.
How we chose to perform our climbs should be tailored specifically to the time of day, the weather, the surrounding terrain and/or the traffic.
KCBS pilot recovers after being hit by laser pointer
A pilot aboard a KCBS radio traffic plane is recovering after being hit with a laser-pointer.
The man in his 20s was able to land the small plane safely at California's Livermore Airport.
Traffic reporter Ron Cervi says the pilot told him the greenish beam hit his eye and believes it came from an industrial park in San Ramon.
RAF creates collaborative environment with USFS and BLM
After several years' hard work advocating for the continued and improved use of aviation in the backcountry, the Recreational Aircraft Foundation has made great strides in Washington toward opening access to backcountry airstrips.
RAF president John McKenna and public lands director Mark Spencer have established Memorandum of Understanding documents with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management that will help backcountry aviators continue to enjoy their recreational endeavors.
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