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The beginning of the light airplane movement
General Aviation News
In the 1920s Great Britain saw a great growth in civil aviation, which was an outgrowth of its light aircraft movement. This movement originated with light plane trials held in Lympne, England. These competitions led to the development of new light aircraft for private ownership and flying clubs. The flying clubs saw thousands of pilots learn to fly in the light planes, creating a market for these aircraft. This, in turn, led to the development of one of the most iconic of light planes, the de Havilland Moth.
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Mississippi airport expanding general aviation facilities
The Associated Press via Bradenton Herald
Mississippi's Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport has seen the number of general aviation hangars more than double from seven to 16 since 2002. Later this year, the airport will clear enough new taxiway space to eventually add to those numbers in the future. Construction on a 100-foot by 100-foot hangar that will house three private jets has been underway for nearly the past month. A request for bids on a similar-sized structure could be let as early as next month.
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Armless pilot to speak at New Smyrna Balloon and Sky Fest
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Jessica Cox was born without arms, but it hasn't stopped her from flying a plane, driving a car or getting a black belt in Taekwondo. There aren't many challenges the 32-year old Arizona resident hasn't conquered despite being born with a rare birth defect. However, there's one she's still trying to tackle — tying her hair in a ponytail. "It just sounds so funny and such a small task, but it's something I'm still working on," she said.
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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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Accident Report — Crosswind conditions contribute to substantial damage
I Fly America
The single-engine airplane veered off the left side of runway 9 (3,270 feet by 40 feet, asphalt) during landing and sustained substantial damage. Winds, 11 miles from the accident airport, were 120 degrees at 11 knots gusting to 21 knots. The pilot reported that he flew a Global Positioning System (GPS) approach and cancelled his instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan when he had the airport in sight. He entered a left downwind for landing on runway 9 and confirmed a right crosswind condition by observing the windsock. The airspeed was 90 knots with a right "crab" on final approach to landing.
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Bug repellant airplane coatings tested
AVweb
Bug smasher pilots everywhere have hope that NASA may be flying to the rescue to save them from the summer chore of cleaning shattered insect bodies from the leading-edge surfaces of their aircraft. NASA, along with Boeing, will be testing five non-stick coatings that are the finalists in a years-long effort to foil the sticky mess that builds up on every surface exposed to the slipstream. The five coatings have already shown their ability to repel bug guts and the water in them, according to a news release, but the winner will also be inexpensive and durable.
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Pilot has logged 27,000 hours flying everything from Cessnas to 767s
Helena Independent Record
The passengers on the Chicago-to-L.A. flight felt something quite odd as their plane cruised along at 30,000-plus feet. Then the pilot's voice came over the intercom. They'd lost an engine, Larry Ashcraft told them, and they'd have to make a forced landing in Las Vegas. What they didn't know was that Ashcraft had deliberately pulled the throttle back too fast, causing what's known as a compressor stall. It was enough to probably cause the people in the plane to glance at each other with quick looks of concern.
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Windecker Eagle restoration underway
AVweb
Restoration of a Windecker Eagle, the first composite aircraft to be FAA-certified, is on schedule for completion this summer, with hopes to show it at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this July. A Chinese entrepreneur, Wei Hang, has purchased two copies of the Eagle and commissioned a restoration team in Moorseville, North Carolina, to rebuild what will be the only flying model. "Mr. Hang was attracted to the Windecker Eagle because of its historical significance, rarity, style and performance," said Don Atchison, head of the restoration team.
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