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Aviation geeks, a flight club set on solving Malaysia mystery
CNN
According to the author Ashley Fantz: Have you ever been in a heated debate with someone and said this? "It doesn't matter how big your telescope/towed array is, if you are 100nm away you can't amplify a signal that was attenuated to zero level before it reached 10nm. It doesn't matter that there is a 'natural water telescope' named convergence zone — it would amplify sounds and you would hear even very weak signals of low or medium frequency."
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Shops cry foul on FAA 'rules'
AVweb
Maintenance, repair and overhaul industry officials are claiming that FAA employees and managers are in some cases imposing ad hoc rules on MRO companies. They claim the FAA officials are improperly using the FAA's internal online flight standards information management system, an electronic documentation system the agency adopted to replace the legacy "Inspector's Handbook."
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Solar Impulse builds round-the-world airplane
FLYING
The Solar Impulse team, makers of the airplane set to fly around the world next year on nothing but solar power, has completed the construction phase of the Solar Impulse 2 — the airplane that is set to attempt the flight. The single-seat airplane is powered by four electric motors, has a wingspan of 236 feet and weighs 5,000 pounds. It is designed to fly as long as five consecutive days and nights without stopping — a feat it needs to be able to achieve in order to complete the planned round-the-world journey.
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Spring house cleaning
By H. Dean Chamberlain
Reprinted with permission from the FAA Aviation News
Just as many people do annual spring house 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. Even if your aircraft is kept in a hanger, you may not have heat in the hanger. If you add in some snow and ice, it is even harder to get to the airport, much less work outside, if you don't have hangar space. All of this adds up to the question of how to clean and prepare your aircraft for the upcoming flying season.

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IFA pilot quiz — where and when
I Fly America
The first three questions about weather will be easy for pilots to answer, so to make this quiz a bit more challenging the next questions delve into your knowledge of where and when in aviation.

1. What effect does high humidity have on your takeoff roll?
    a. It will be longer
    b. It will be shorter
    c. No effect
2. What percentage of oxygen needed by the human body is in the atmosphere at 18,000 feet?
    a. 72 percent
    b. 50 percent
    c. 39 percent
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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General aviation's real impact lies behind the numbers
The Wichita Eagle
According to author Pete Bunce: Textron's recent acquisition of Beechcraft and the creation of Textron Aviation shows just what a dynamic time this is for the general aviation manufacturing industry. It also offers the opportunity to step back and look at the where our business is going, in the Air Capital of the World and beyond. In 2013, GAMA member companies supported almost 15,000 jobs throughout the state with $510 million in economic output. These numbers aren't surprising.
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Lightspeed invites votes for aviation grants
AVweb
Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has announced the 2014 finalists for its 5th annual round of charitable grants, and pilots are invited to visit the foundation's Facebook page to vote for their choice to receive funding. Each of the finalists will receive an award up to $10,000, with the final amounts determined by the Facebook votes cast. Voting is open until midnight Oct. 31.
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Mooney auctioning 1st new production acclaim Type S
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Mooney Aircraft is celebrating its comeback to the industry with an unusual promotion. The Kerrville, Texas-based company has announced an online auction called "First to Fly" to sell the first Mooney Acclaim Type S produced on the recently modernized production line. The auction kicked off recently, during the Sun 'n Fun show in Lakeland, Fla., and will close on July 11.
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