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IFR training: Communicate efficiently
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Somewhat surprisingly, many of the challenges of learning to be a proficient IFR pilot are the same as those one encounters when just getting started as a student pilot. One of the toughest skills for brand-new pilots to master — talking on the radio — is equally challenging for pilots getting their instrument ticket or just trying to be more proficient with their instrument skills. More

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Flight controls, maintenance and fresh warm air — What could go wrong?
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As the spring and summer flying season starts to get rolling, we need to be aware of certain potential hazards that could cause us great harm, or worse, if left unchecked. Take the flight control check, for example. If you have done it enough times, it becomes repetitive, so are you really paying attention to what you are doing? There are two possible hazards looming that come to mind. Learn more.

Pilot quiz: Flight basics
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We all learn the basics of flight early. These sometimes become so automatic that we do them without thought. But, it's good to bring them to mind. Try these questions. Information is from the FAA, but times, aircraft models and conditions change. Listen to your instructor, aircraft demonstrator or examiner if their responses differ. IFA cannot be responsible for any differences. Fly safely.

1. Night flying usually requires switching attention from outside the aircraft to the instrument panel. This should be done before losing outside references. When would this usually be?
a. Immediately after takeoff
b. When seeing the last set of runway lights
c. After establishing straight takeoff run

2. When one flap deploys or retracts while the other remains in position, there will be a roll toward the wing with least flap deflection. What is this split-flap situation countered with?
a. Opposite aileron
b. Opposite rudder
c. Opposite aileron and rudder

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Get in the cockpit without leaving the house
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Cockpit 360, a new application for the iPhone and soon the iPad, provides users with a panoramic view inside old aircrafts from various collections. More than 100 cockpits are displayed by the app, including planes from the Heritage Flight Museum in Washington state and other museums in the Pacific Northwest. More

Lost squadron of pickled Spitfires found
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Aviation historians and warbird enthusiasts are drooling at the discovery of at least 12 and maybe as many 20 perfectly preserved brand-new Spitfire Mark 14s buried in Myanmar, which was formerly Burma. Thanks to the tenacity (and apparently considerable diplomatic skills) of British farmer David Cundall, the lost squadron of pristine fighters was found where they were buried by U.S. troops in 1945 when it became clear they wouldn't be needed in the final days of the Second World War. More

New report on fatal plane crash
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VideoBriefInvestigators say there was no record of the pilot asking for a formal weather briefing before the flight. There was light rain falling when the plane crashed into a tree and field near Crystal Lake, Ill. The pilot was coming from Indiana and wanted to land at an airport near Chicago, but the air traffic controller said the planes could only land using instruments because of the weather conditions. Pilots can train to become qualified to land under those circumstances, but the pilot in this case had not completed that training. More

High G-forces focus of NTSB recommendations for air race safety after deadly crash
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Preventing pilots from losing consciousness from sudden high gravitational forces was among a set of recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board to try to avoid a repeat of last year's horrific air race crash in Reno, Nev., that left 11 people dead and 70 spectators seriously injured. At a news conference, NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman released the agency's recommendations and preliminary investigative findings of the Sept. 16 crash at the Reno Championship Air Races. More

Home-built airplanes
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When it comes to airplanes, most people prefer to board a commercial flight. It takes a special breed, a true enthusiast, to build one of your own. The motivation differs from person to person. Some build their dream aircraft with a view to flying it. Others cite the feeling of accomplishment that comes from having spent (at times) years working on a project and seeing its transformation from an idea on a piece of paper to a fully functioning aircraft, capable of transporting people. More

California pilot still holds low-altitude speed record but wishes he didn't
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Darryl Greenamyer has flown higher and faster than most living pilots. In a career spanning more than 50 years, the 75-year-old Indio, Calif., resident has racked up a number of death-defying aviation feats that include breaking a 30-year-old speed record set by the Nazis. He did it with a modified Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat — a 1940s single-engine fighter — traveling 482 mph. More

Gusts get the better of Globe pilot
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The left-seat pilot stated that at the end of a 45-minute flight, the pilot-rated passenger was attempting to land on runway 35 at the destination airport. The airplane bounced, veered left, and struck a runway sign with the propeller and left main landing gear. More

Connecticut airport to offer reduced tie-down fees
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Administrators at Connecticut's Simsbury Airport announced plans to create a new category of less expensive tie-downs at the airport's large turf areas. Tie-down fees are used to help operate the airport. Currently, the airport charges members $95 a month to anchor their aircraft, which is in line with the fees at similar airports in the area. Soon, that price will be cut in half, with members paying $49. More

Regulatory, technological hurdles stand in way of domestic drone mandate
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If Congress gets its way, by Sept. 30, 2015, unmanned aerial vehicles will be seamlessly flying in national airspace alongside passenger jets, military aircraft and single-prop general aviation Pipers. That deadline calls for the "full integration of [unmanned aerial systems] into the national airspace." Before that mandate can be met, there are technological hurdles that must be overcome, and hundreds of pages of rules and regulations that must be written, experts said. More

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