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Midair collision over Southern California kills 1
Fox News
Authorities say one person was killed after two small airplanes collided in midair over mountains in Southern California on April 29, sending one crashing into a rocky ridge while the second was able to maneuver a belly-flop landing on a nearby golf course. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said a preliminary review of radar records showed the two flight-paths crossed just after 2 p.m.
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Make your voice heard on new airmen certification standard
General Aviation News
Over the past several months, ASA has been participating on the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group, which resulted from the Aviation Rulemaking Committee conducted in 2011. One of the primary tasks of the ARAC was to provide an integrated Airman Certification Standard (ACS) which will replace the Practical Test Standards. Draft documents of these Private Pilot and Instrument Rating ACS have been published in the Federal Register, along with an invitation for the public to review and comment.
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Airports seeing dangerous increase in laser pointing
KGBT-TV
VideoBriefPeople pointing lasers at airplanes is rapidly increasing. Since March, Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport in Texas has seen five reports. In the entire year of 2012, the airport reported four incidents. FAA reports an increase of 13 percent from 2004 to 2012 in laser incidents.
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Allergies — Nothing to sneeze at
I Fly America
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.
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IFA pilot quiz — Facets of flight
I Fly America
1. Based on the official data from 2005, what percentage of general aviation flight hours are flown for pleasure?
  1. 14 percent
  2. 34 percent
  3. 67 percent
2. How many aircraft do the US airlines operate?
  1. 14,512
  2. 7,226
  3. 11,104
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Pilots call drones-for-hire a growing threat
RTV-TV
A hidden camera investigation found a growing threat from illegal business flights of drones nationwide, prompting concerns from Indianapolis pilots and calls for action in Congress. The investigators also pushed for the release of new documents from the FAA that show a rising number of safety complaints from pilots, as well as several drone companies that continue to fly after being warned by the FAA that their flights are illegal.

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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. But the engine would not restart.

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Video: Small plane belly landing
KXTV-TV
A 92-year-old pilot radioed his plane was having landing gear problems. He was eventually able to guide his Piper PA30 down safely. The smooth belly landing was caught on video.

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SAFECON prepares for takeoff
General Aviation News
SAFECON 2013, organized by The Ohio State University and the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA), is set to take off May 6 in Columbus, Ohio. The annual NIFA Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference is a national competition that brings together more than 300 students from 30 colleges and universities from across the country to vie to be the National Champions for both team and pilot honors. The competition develops and advances aviation education through a strong emphasis on aviation safety.
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Pipistrel expands electric aircraft line
AVweb
Pipistrel has several new all-electric and hybrid products in the works, Tine Tomazic said. And the new powerplants offer substantial savings over conventional models. A new battery pack for the Taurus electric G2 will boost power by 33 percent. Also, a converter kit will be offered so owners of the gasoline-powered Taurus can easily switch it to an electric powerplant. "We believe hybrid is the future of flight when it comes to general aviation," Tomazic said.
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Florida honors general aviation
Aviation Pros
Recognizing the critical role that general aviation and community airports play in the lives of the citizens, as well as the operation of businesses and agriculture in the state of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has become the latest to designate April 2013 as General Aviation Appreciation Month.
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SpaceShipTwo completes first powered flight
Flying Magazine
In the early morning hours on April 29, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo completed its first rocket-powered flight, breaking the sound barrier over the Mojave Desert and taking a major step toward the age of commercial space flight. SpaceShipTwo's flight lasted about 10 minutes and the aircraft returned to the Mojave Air and Spaceport with what was described in a Virgin Galactic press release as a "smooth landing."
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CAFE Symposium explores flight of the future
AVweb
An array of experts in a variety of aircraft technologies, from batteries to aerodynamics to photovoltaics, are gathering in Santa Rosa, Calif., for the 7th annual CAFE electric-aircraft symposium. Representatives from NASA, IBM, Pipistrel, MIT, UCLA and more, are convening to share the results of their latest research and contribute to creating the next generation of flight.
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Future of fly-in up in air after 20 years
The State Journal-Register
Mark Wells said his father, the late Charlie Wells, would love that pilots and flying enthusiasts gather in Springfield, Ill., each year to raise money for an aviation scholarship that bears his name. Charlie Wells died in a plane crash Aug. 22, 1993, at the age of 69. After his death, the Charlie Wells Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to help students get into the flying field. Each year, a pancake breakfast fly-in is held to raise money for the scholarship. But after 20 years, the future of the fly-in is uncertain.
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