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FAA pursues rulemaking on 3rd class medical issue
Federal Aviation Administration
The Federal Aviation Administration is beginning a rulemaking project that will consider whether to allow private pilots, in certain instances, to substitute a driver's license in lieu of a FAA medical certificate. Information about the "Private Pilot Privileges without a Medical Certificate" project will be posted soon in the April report on DOT's Significant Rulemakings site.
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OpenAirplane expands network to aircraft owners
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Ever wished you could rent your airplane to strangers? OpenAirplane, the creator of a Zipcar-style aircraft rental network, announced a new service called Collaborative Aircraft Rental that aims to let aircraft owners rent their personal airplanes to qualified OpenAirplane members. The idea is to broaden the OpenAirplane network of available aircraft while allowing owners to bring in revenue from their otherwise idle airplanes.
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FAA backpedals on sleep apnea
AVweb
The FAA has backpedaled considerably on its previous sleep apnea policy proposal. The highly controversial plan to require expensive sleep clinic testing based solely on body mass index appears to be dead. Outgoing Federal Air Surgeon Fred Tilton announced — without consultation with aviation groups or the doctors that do flight medicals — that any pilot with a BMI greater than 40 would have flight privileges suspended and be automatically required to be assessed by an accredited sleep specialist to prove that he or she did not have obstructive sleep apnea.
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Cobwebs and flying don't mix
By Ellen Paneok, reprinted with permission of FAA Aviation News
Pilots, the season to fly is upon us. We shake ourselves from our winter sleep, ready to take on the warmer skies. That means preparing our airplanes and ourselves by getting the cobwebs out, so to speak. Remember that if your aircraft has been sitting all winter, it needs to be thoroughly checked over before you take it out for your first springtime flight.
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Boyhood plane ride leads to dodging enemy fire as WWII cargo pilot
The Buffalo News
At age 12, when Robert F. Rohde was a Boy Scout, he was at a troop meeting in Riverside, N.Y., carving an airplane out of a block of wood when Scoutmaster Francis Ford walked up to him...

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Battle over California airport heats up...again
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Nearly 100 people spoke in front of California's Santa Monica City Council for and against the city's suggestion to continue with its plans of shutting down the historic Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Those against the...

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Famous pilot speaks about Malaysian plane
WJXT-TV
The Malaysia Airlines mystery over the Indian Ocean has one famous pilot drawing comparisons to the miracle on New York's Hudson River in 2009. Jeff Skiles — the co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549...

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F-16s scrambled after plane enters restricted airspace over Washington, DC
The Washington Post
Two F-16 fighter jets briefly intercepted a small plane that was flying in restricted airspace over Washington, D.C., without communicating with air-traffic controllers, the Air Force said, adding that the pilot apparently had no hostile intentions. The two jets were scrambled from Joint Base Andrews when the plane, a Cessna, was detected over Washington and its pilot did not immediately respond to air-traffic controllers, said Canadian Army Capt. Jennifer Stadnyk, a spokeswoman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado.
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Cessna 182 JT-A certification 'imminent'
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Despite experiencing two in-flight engine failures during the months-long test program, Cessna says all development issues related to the Safran SMA diesel engine in the 182 JT-A have been resolved and certification is "weeks away." The 182 JT-A test airplane with the new jet-A-burning SMA compression-ignition engine suffered an emergency engine failure in August that was traced to a development issue related to the turbocharger.
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MRO profile: Corporate jet solutions
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Corporate Jet Solutions is a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility that operates in conjunction with the company's FBO, Dyenamic Aviation Services, named after founder and president Tony Dye. Located on Florida's Brooksville-Tampa Bay Airport, the 11.6-acre complex has its own fuel farm with jet-A and avgas fuel trucks and operates the airport's only self-serve 24-hour avgas and 100LL station. It also has access to the airport's closed runway adjacent to the facility, providing a significant amount of outdoor space for aircraft staging and parking.
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King Air turns 50
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Beechcraft celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the King Air Model 90 with cake at the company's Sun 'n Fun exhibit and a fly-over at the Beech factory in Wichita, Kan. The first flight of the King Air on Jan. 20, 1964, started a remarkable production run for a remarkable airplane that remains in production to this day in several versions including the C90GTx, 250 and 350i models.
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