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An ally in the fight for general aviation
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Since 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America has been spreading the word about general aviation to elected officials, the media and, to some degree, the general public. It is proving to be a strong part of general aviation's continuing struggle to gain recognition and to prevent burdensome regulations, taxes and restrictions on flight. The goal of the alliance is "to protect this economic lifeline to rural and small communities, which is a crucial resource for business, medical care, disaster relief and a key transportation asset to residents in isolated communities." More

Competitive and affordable aircraft financing and refinancing available
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The IFA Aircraft Finance and Refinance Program is offered through a leading aircraft financing company that specializes in financing for general aviation and business aircraft nationwide. The program provides fast, easy and competitive financing and refinancing for new and used aircraft, from single engine pistons to twins and light jets, including Light Sport Aircraft, from $50,000 to more than $5 million in value. Learn more and receive a no-obligation quote!

Allergies — Nothing to sneeze at
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Watery eyes, sneezing, coughing — is it just a cold or an allergy? To pilots, it makes a great deal of difference. According to the U.S. Federal Air Surgeon's Bulletin, aside from being uncomfortable, a pilot with allergic rhinitis (clear watery nasal discharge) is more prone to barotraumas (pain or discomfort in the ear because of differences in air pressure inside the eardrum and outside the eardrum), changes in vision and cockpit distractions. To control allergies, pilots may use certain approved medications. Learn more.

Facets of flight: Pilot quiz
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1. Based on the official data from 2005, what percentage of general aviation flight hours are flown for pleasure?
a. 14 percent
b. 34 percent
c. 67 percent

2. How many aircraft do the U.S. airlines operate?
a. 14,512
b. 7,226
c. 11,104

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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The urge to fly under bridges
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There is something about bridges that some pilots find irresistible. There is no specific FAA directive against flying under a bridge, but there is one that says pilots must maintain an altitude of 1,000 feet over populated areas and another about not endangering people or property on the ground. This basically means zooming under a bridge is a no-no that can cost a pilot his or her license — or worse. More

5 avionics upgrades you need now
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If you're the typical aircraft owner, your upgrade wish list is probably a mile long and includes everything from the latest touch-screen GPS WAAS navigator to a full glass-panel retrofit with a gorgeous synthetic-vision display that will make every flight a sunshiny joy. Every aircraft owner's wants and needs will differ, but there are certain items that, for a great many of us, just beg for updating. More

US Aviation launches aircraft sales
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Already offering flight training, fueling, maintenance, avionics sales and installation, U.S. Aviation has now added aircraft sales and brokering to its lineup. "It was a natural progression in our development," said Scott Severen, Director of Business Development at US Aviation, based at Denton Airport in Texas. "We have been rapidly expanding as a regional center and adding an aircraft sales department has great potential in this growing economy." More

Honeywell continues to test new jet biofuel
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Honeywell subsidiary UOP LLC recently announced that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel will be tested using a new industrial oilseed biofeedstock designed for biofuel production. These test flights will take place in Canada under the supervision of the National Research Council of Canada and Agrisoma Biosciences. An additional aircraft will follow behind the testing aircraft in order to collect information regarding emissions. More

Senators rein in AeroNav's fee proposal
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The powerful Senate Appropriations Committee has rapped the knuckles of the FAA over its handling of proposed changes to the delivery of online navigation information services and suggested more congressional oversight on the implementation of those changes. The committee, whose report must be approved by the full Senate and House, says AeroNav, the arm of the agency that publishes navigation and airport information, should immediately restore the 17-day advance availability of the next iteration of online publications, which it abruptly reduced to 24 hours last year. More

Pilot charts record-making route
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Just over 100 years ago, two brothers from Dayton made history by flying their home-made flying machine for the first time. On May 13, a Hudson, Ohio, man hopes to join Wilbur and Orville Wright in the record books as he attempts to fly his 1946 Piper J3 Cub a bit further than the Wright brothers' first 12-second flight of 120 feet. Joe Murray, a pilot and journalism professor at Kent State University, hopes to set his own record by being "the first, longest, slowest and most peculiar flight to Wright Brothers Airport via all counties of Ohio in an antique aircraft." More

NTSB report: Pilot disorientation led to crash
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The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the pilot's spatial disorientation during a missed approach to landing was the likely cause of a January 2011 plane crash at an RV park in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. NTSB investigators say the pilot reported to air traffic controllers at Grand Strand Airport in North Myrtle Beach that he had gotten himself "a little out of whack" and that he was "just trying to straighten it out" minutes before the crash. More

Experimental plane pilots say their planes are safe following crash
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The pilot of a home-built airplane recently experienced trouble and went down in Lake Wausau, in Marathon County, Wis. Now, other pilots are saying that one bad story should not put a negative light on small airplanes. Those airplanes, they say are just as safe, if not safer than commercial airliners. More

Lecture cites grilling a dead cat as dangerous aviation conversation
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A National Transportation Safety Board member described a flirtatious conversation about grilling a dead cat, which led to a deadly midair collision, to highlight the dangers of unprofessional behavior in aviation. Robert Sumwalt, a board member and pilot of 24 years, used various accidents of recent history to stress the necessity of professionalism during takeoff and landing procedures to aviation and engineering students. More

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