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Many pilots fail to disclose medical condition
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Recent incidents involving an in-flight fatal heart attack by a general aviation pilot and disturbing behavior by a commercial airline pilot have helped to spotlight the potential danger that can arise due to pilot medical problems during a flight. According to a Federal Aviation Administration report, hundreds of fatal accidents have been documented in which pilots failed to disclose potentially disqualifying medical conditions on their Airmen Medical Certificate Applications. More

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Spring house cleaning
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Just as many people do annual springhouse cleaning, many aircraft owners do annual spring aircraft cleaning. The reason is simple. Many personal aircraft are not flown as often during the winter as during the summer. And since many aircraft are tied down outside, it is hard to work on them during the winter months because of the limited amount of daylight and cold weather if you are based in the northern tier of the country. This adds up to the question of how to clean and prepare your aircraft for the upcoming flying season. Learn more.

Mastering crosswind landings
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The value of regular crosswind takeoff and landing practice becomes evident when you get caught with no choices. The importance of being able to handle crosswind landings also becomes evident when looking at accident and incident reports. The 2010 Air Safety Institute's Nall Report revealed that in 2009 about one-third of all landing accidents occurred with gusty winds or crosswinds present. There were 71 wind-related accidents reported that year and more than 100 in 2008. More

Flying in basin is lesson in air safety
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Commercial aerial photographer Fred Emmert and pilot Ron Smeets scan the skies as their single-engine Cessna nears California's Corona Municipal Airport. Smeets explains what it's like to fly in one of the world's most crowded airspaces. With his voice crackling in the headset to blanket the drone of the Skylane's 230-horsepower engine, Smeets allows, "It's like playing three-dimensional chess." A second later, the banter stops. They're not playing anymore. More

Authorities release audio of woman, 80, landing plane after pilot husband died midflight
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VideoBriefAmerican authorities have released astonishing audio footage of the radio communication between an 80-year-old woman forced to land a plane when her husband died at the controls, and the team trying to help her to safety. The recording shows the rising urgency of the situation as the small plane's gas tank empties and the engine begins to sputter. More

NTSB: Pilot error caused fatal Pennsylvania plane crash
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The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled pilot error caused a twin-engine plane to crash into a Westmoreland County, Pa., home in 2010, killing the 65-year-old pilot and his instructor. As a result of the accident, the NTSB has issued a national directive requiring aircraft with the same flight speed indicators to be inspected and updated, when necessary. Investigators said the pilot was completing "a multi-engine instrument proficiency checkride" with a certified flight examiner when it crashed. More

Report: Plane sat unused for 3 years prior to crash
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A single-engine seaplane that crashed into a DeLand, Fla., Publix supermarket went three years without being flown before it was sold to a new owner in January, according to a preliminary investigative report released by the National Transportation Safety Board. Greg Feith, a former NTSB senior investigator, said that's one revelation likely to be explored in greater detail as officials try to determine what caused the aircraft to crash. "Anytime an airplane sits for that long, there's always questions about its reliability," said Feith. More

New pilot rules in effect in Europe
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New rules for foreign pilots and foreign registered aircraft in Europe came into effect on April 7 and, depending on how member states of the European Union are implementing them, could mean that your FAA, Transport Canada or other pilot certificate or ratings are no longer recognized by the European Aviation Safety Agency. More

Louisiana airport hopes to land private pilots
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Louisiana's Monroe Regional Airport officials are looking into ways to recapture some of the business from general aviation it has lost through the years. Interim airport manager Ron Phillips said the airport has put together a public-private partnership committee to develop a strategic plan for the airport to increase hangar space and amenities for general aviation pilots to increase airport revenues. More

Yellowknife 'most female-pilot-friendly'
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The remote northern community of Yellowknife, in Canada's Northwest Territories, has been proclaimed home to the "Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport Worldwide" after an aviation community effort to introduce girls and women to flying on March 10. Led by Trinity Helicopters pilot Kirsten Brazier, volunteers got more than 400 girls and women up in the air for Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, which is held annually the week of March 8 to coincide with the licensing of the first female pilot, Baroness Raymonde de Laroche. More

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