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The devil is in the details with unleaded avgas
General Aviation News
In the 1970s, the automotive world switched from leaded to unleaded fuels and the oil companies did a lot of research on knocking and how to prevent it. One of the big projects involved octane requirement increase. In this program, cars were rated for octane requirement when new and then every 2,000 miles. The octane requirement increased until it leveled off at about 20,000 miles. Usually the ORI was about 6 to 10 numbers.
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NTSB says FAA needs better landing procedures
AVweb
As part of its investigation into several events when airplanes landed at the wrong airports, the NTSB told the FAA it should amend its ATC procedures. "Controllers [should] withhold landing clearance until the aircraft has passed all other airports that may be confused with the destination airport," the NTSB said. Also, software that warns controllers about minimum safe altitudes should be modified to also warn them if the airplane crew is trying to land at an airport different from the one in the flight plan.
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Experienced pilot lands plane safely after alarm system malfunction
The News Tribune
A Tacoma, Washington, pilot had a bit of a scare as he prepared to land at the Tacoma Narrows Airport near Gig Harbor. As pilot John Carlin, 46, approached the airport around 4 p.m., his small single-engine aircraft's warning system went off, indicating his landing gear had not deployed. The experienced pilot, a former Navy flier for 11 years, communicated with the airport tower controllers, then spent nearly two hours circling the airport and burning off fuel as a safety precaution.
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Looking for air shows to attend?
I Fly America
The busy air show season is right around the corner and the hugely popular IFA Air Show Calendar can help you plan which shows to attend in your area and around the country. The IFA Air Show Calendar lists over 300 air shows across the country and around the world, and you'll be able to search for shows by the name of the show, date, or state. It's quick and easy to use — so check it out!
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IFA pilot quiz — Legal and safety measures
I Fly America
Whether flying regularly or getting back in the air after an extended period, it is smart to bone up on essential legal and safety measures. These questions will test your memory and perhaps suggest some refresher study.

1. Hypoxia usually does not occur in a normally healthy person below what altitude?
    A. 15,000 feet
    B. 12,000 feet
    C. 9,000 feet
2. The FAA defines a near mid-air collision as when two or more aircraft come closer than what distance?
    A. One-half mile
    B. 500 feet
    C. One mile
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Accident Report — Strong cross winds and not enough runway — Cessna 182Q
I Fly America
A Cessna 182Q, N97996, was substantially damaged during a landing at Rutland State Airport (RUT), Rutland, Vermont. The certificated private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that originated at Burlington International Airport (BTV), Burlington, Vermont, at 1200. No flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.
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Video: Back your Husky up to the dock
General Aviation News
Two and three blade MT propeller systems — with a reversing option — are now available for installation on Aviat Husky aircraft. Flight Resource founding partner Larry Schlasinger said he received the STC. "We are very excited to be able to offer this new option to our customers," said Schlasinger. "The reversing system allow pilots to toggle between normal forward thrust and reverse thrust while the aircraft is on the ground or water, adding another level of safety to those who are flying with our MT Propellers."
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Pilot doesn't let disability stop him reaching for the skies
Worcester News
Arthur Williams doesn't know the meaning of the word "NO." In fact if someone says he can't do something, it's likely to be just the catalyst that motivates him to do it! And that's exactly what happened when, as a young man growing up in Eckington near Pershore, his school mates teased him by saying he was too small to get into the Royal Marines. It didn't stop him, it just made him more determined to do it — which he did.
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Airbus sees US market for 4-place electric airplane
AVweb
With a production site for its E-Fan 2.0 electric trainer selected in France, Airbus is bullish enough on e-flight to project a four-place electric hybrid before 2020. At the Electric Aircraft Symposium in Santa Rosa, California, on Friday, the company's head of development and strategy, Ken McKenzie, said Airbus isn’t exactly going after Cirrus and Cessna for the personal aircraft market, but a four-place hybrid aircraft called the E-fan 4.0 will surely appeal to buyers who want aircraft for personal transportation.
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Iconic seaplane to star in Hollywood movie
General Aviation News
According to author Meg Godlewski: "What is that?" My student and I were on downwind to Runway 16 at Pierce County/Thun Field in Puyallup, Washington, when he uttered this phrase. "It looks like something out of World War II!" he exclaimed as we saw the high-wing boat-hulled aircraft make its final approach. And he is right. The "that" in question is a 1945 PBY, an amphibious Patrol Bomber built by Consolidated Aircraft.
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