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FAA delays closure of 149 air traffic control towers
NBC News
The Federal Aviation Administration said it will delay the closures of all 149 air traffic control towers at smaller airports around the country until June 15. The towers were scheduled to be shut down April 7. In a statement, FAA said the extension gives it time to resolve legal challenges to the decision to shut down the towers.
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System failures lead to hard landing
General Aviation News
While in cruise flight at 8,000 feet above Ocala, Fla., a Beech Bonanza lost electrical power. The pilot had the airport in sight, so he did not declare an emergency. He selected the landing gear handle to the down-and-locked position, but he could not recall if the gear position light was illuminated, nor could he remember hearing the landing gear motor. He did not use the manual gear extension procedure.
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NTSB: Pilot killed in crash not rated for foggy conditions
Duluth News Tribune
A Duluth, Minn., pilot, who died in a small-plane crash after flying into fog March 29, did not have the instrument rating recommended for the weather conditions forecast for his destination, according to a federal transportation report. "Instrument meteorological conditions were forecast before the flight originated and were present throughout the day for the destination airport," the preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board posted on the agency's website said.
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Cobwebs and flying don't mix
FAA Aviation News via I Fly America
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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IFA pilot quiz
I Fly America
Whether flying regularly or getting back in the air after an extended period, it is smart to bone up on essential legal and safety measures. These questions will test your memory and perhaps suggest some refresher study.

1. Hypoxia usually does not occur in a normally healthy person below what altitude?
  1. 15,000 feet
  2. 12,000 feet
  3. 9,000 feet
2. The FAA defines a near mid-air collision as when two or more aircraft come closer than what distance?
  1. One-half mile
  2. 500 feet
  3. One mile
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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IFA pilot quiz: Fun things to know
I Fly America
Some things about flying are just fun to know, while others are necessary when taking biennial flight reviews or other tests. On your next biennial, throw some of these questions at your instructor.

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Pilot Workshop unveils non-towered airport training videos
Aviation International News
To help prepare pilots for the closure of dozens of control towers across the U.S., the instructors at Pilot Workshop have released a series of videos offering pointers about operational issues at non-towered airports such as mixing various types of aircraft in the traffic pattern or how to fit in the flow with aircraft that may not be radio equipped.
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Garmin Pilot app updated
General Aviation News
Garmin has released an updated version of the Garmin Pilot app for the iPad and iPhone that incorporates Garmin's dynamic navigation maps. The new dynamic maps enable numerous capabilities, including track-up orientation, faster map rendering, higher resolution at tighter zoom levels and SafeTaxi integration on the moving map, according to company officials.
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Women of Aviation Week flies 5,000 girls
AVweb
St. Andrews Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is the World's Most Female Pilot-Friendly Airport after the results from Women of Aviation Worldwide Week in early March were tabulated. More than 150 volunteers, including dozens of pilots, gave introductory flights to 680 girls and women on March 9. Second place went to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, which did 634 flights and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, was third at 517. The top U.S. effort was in Frederick, Md., which managed 342 flights.
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Terrain and obstacles added in ForeFlight V5
Aviation International News
The ForeFlight team has released a major update to the ForeFlight Mobile iPad app — Version 5 — featuring a new hazard advisor with terrain and obstacle awareness as well as new runway advisor features such as a traffic pattern advisor, runway winds and automatic display of taxi diagrams. The terrain map and Hazard Advisor work only on newer iPads (iPad mini, 2 and later) and iPhones (4 and later).
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Small plane makes emergency landing on rural Florida road
The Miami Herald
A single-engine Cessna 152 airplane made an emergency landing on a rural road in Southwest Miami-Dade County, Fla., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue reported. A man and woman were aboard the plane, said Lt. Arnold Piedrahita. Both walked away with no injuries. The plane went off the road and into bushes.
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Panthera 1st flight
AVweb
Pipistrel's much anticipated Panthera four-place GA aircraft had its first flight April 4 and continues testing in Slovenia. The all-composite aircraft flew for 54 minutes from the airport at Cerklje ob Krki. The aircraft reportedly performed as expected during the first few flights.
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