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Obama's new budget proposal again includes general aviation user fees
Wichita Business Journal
President Barack Obama's newly released budget proposal includes a provision that the general aviation industry has long questioned and now fears could have a real-world negative effect. The new budget proposal includes a $100-per-flight user fee for general aviation aircraft. It's an idea that the general aviation industry has long fought.
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FAA eases process for some medical exemptions
AVweb
The FAA has expanded the list of medical conditions that can be evaluated by an aviation medical examiner instead of requiring a special issuance and an FAA review. Under a new FAA policy, applicants with arthritis, glaucoma, hypertension, pre-diabetes and several other common conditions are eligible for the simplified process. Further diagnoses are expected to be announced in the coming months.
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Worn mags bring down Cessna
General Aviation News
According to the pilot of a Cessna 177RG, while the airplane was in cruise flight he heard a loud noise from the engine compartment, followed by an immediate loss of engine power. He attempted to restart the engine while diverting to the nearest airport. The engine would not restart and he realized that he wouldn't be able to reach the airport.
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Spring house cleaning
FAA Aviation News via I Fly America
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. 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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Congressional leaders express safety concerns about tower closings
General Aviation News
Leaders of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation sent a bipartisan letter to the head of the Department of Transportation and the FAA expressing disappointment with the FAA's "unprecedented decision" to close 149 air traffic control contract towers to meet the sequester's budget reduction requirements.

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Wright Brothers not 1st to fly?
Flying Magazine
In a startling announcement, Jane's All the World's Aircraft has named an August 1901 flight by Connecticut aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead as the first successful powered flight in history, beating the Wright Brothers by more than two years.

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Report: Pilot ignored warnings before fatal crash
Longview News-Journal
A preliminary report on the crash of a small plane in New Mexico that killed three says the pilot was warned against taking off in windy conditions. In its report on the March 3 crash, the National Transportation Safety Board says winds at Angel Fire, N.M., were gusting to 54 mph with a sustained speed of 38 mph at the time of the crash.

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Pilot survives fiery plane crash
KTVB-TV
VideoBrief Federal aviation investigators are looking into what caused a plane crash at Idaho's Caldwell Airport. The pilot, 58-year-old Phillip Jacobs, was flying solo and attempting to land at the airport when the crash happened, according to the Caldwell Police Department. According to the airport, Jacobs was doing routine practice take-offs and landings at the airport. Officials say that type of training is standard for pilots to maintain their licenses.
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Cirrus offers non-pilot ownership
AVweb
Cirrus is promoting aircraft ownership to non-pilots through "Cirrus On Demand," which offers two programs of service as an option for purchasers of new Cirrus aircraft. Both programs come at additional cost to the buyer and in either case, includes a pilot "trained to the company's corporate flight standards." The program can operate like a turnkey corporate flight department or provide travel service and flight instruction to clients.
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Pilot who made successful emergency landing shares story
KSAZ-TV
VideoBriefA veteran pilot running out of fuel and running out of options set his plane down on its belly at Scottsdale, Ariz., Airport. The video was dramatic, but the pilot was able to get out and walk away. Galen Flinn talks about the scary landing and the sweet words he passed on for his wife, just in case.
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Escapes: The unsettling cost of learning to fly
The Washington Post
Most flight schools offer what's called a discovery or introductory flight. It's a good way to check flying off your bucket list, but it's also the start of training for students working toward a private pilot's license (a project that costs around $10,000). There are more than 3,500 schools nationwide, which means your view from the cockpit could be coastal or mountainous or anything in between.
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'Advanced Panel' tabletop sim debuts
Flying Magazine
One of the biggest problems with home PC-based flight simulators is replicating the real-world panel the pilot flies. Real-world airplane panels have a wide range of available equipment, and almost never match up with the simulator program’s configuration. A lot of training time goes to waste learning the panel that’s on the computer screen, or unlearning procedures that don’t match up with the real airplane’s equipment. Online retailer Pilot Mall has addressed that very problem with its Advanced Panel cockpit simulator program.
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Aviation: A career prescription for hearing loss?
Aviation Pros
It is no secret that certain activities are tough on your ears. The National Institute of Deafness notes that over 36 million Americans have hearing loss, and loud or continuous noise has a cumulative destructive effect on hearing. Years of working around airplanes can add up.
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