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Flying green
General Aviation News
The May/June 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on environmental advances in general aviation. Articles explore ways we can "fly green" through new technology and by following environmentally sound practices. The issue’s Checklist and Vertically Speaking departments outline some ways pilots can fly more environmentally friendly, while Nuts, Bolts and Electrons looks at workplace safety practices.
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Operators complain of lost revenue due to TFRs
Aviation International News
Before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, a one-mile bubble of airspace used to follow the U.S. president around, theoretically protecting him and his entourage from airborne threats. That bubble has grown to a 10-nm diameter ring surrounded by a 30-nm restricted zone. Does the risk of an attack on the president justify grounding hundreds of general aviation aircraft just because the president happens to be traveling near airports where they are based or need to fly?
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FAA furloughs, towers and weather observers
AVweb
President Barack Obama has signed a bill that will end furloughs of air traffic controllers, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently said the administration will seek to prevent tower closures, but other areas may see cuts. The president's signature allows the FAA to shift $253 million from other accounts to fund controllers and 149 federal contract towers. The furloughs have already stopped, but the tower closures are still a possibility.
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Looking for air shows to attend?
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IFA pilot quiz: People in aviation
I Fly America
Let's talk about people in aviation. There have been many interesting persons who performed special activities in aviation history. See how many you can identify. Caution: it will not be easy.

1. What two men formed one company, then couldn't agree on design and split to form two companies?
  1. W.T. Piper and G. Bellanca
  2. Clyde Cessna and Walter Beech
  3. Walter Beech and William Boeing
2. The first aircraft built in the United States was a glider. Who built it?
  1. Samuel Langley in 1901
  2. Wilbur Wright in 1899
  3. Otto Lilienthal in 1894
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Air traffic controllers may be required to replace trained meteorologists in monitoring the weather at airports
Travelers Today
A new proposal from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would shift the responsibility of monitoring the skies at airports from meteorological professionals to air traffic controllers. Both parties have expressed concern about the ability for air traffic controllers to handle the job.

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System failures lead to hard landing
General Aviation News
While in cruise flight at 8,000 feet above Ocala, Fla., a Beech Bonanza lost electrical power. The pilot had the airport in sight, so he did not declare an emergency. He selected the landing gear handle to the down-and-locked position, but he could not recall if the gear position light was illuminated, nor could he remember hearing the landing gear motor.

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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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Higher landing fees imposed at California airport
Aviation International News
The general aviation industry in the U.S. lost a key battle when the Santa Monica city council voted to impose higher landing fees, not just on transient aircraft but on all aircraft that use the airport. Starting Aug. 1, even a Cessna 172 based at Santa Monica, Calif., airport (SMO) flown by a local student or rental pilot will be assessed $10.96 for each landing. For training operations, that means a student pilot will end up paying $10.96 for every landing or touch-and-go. A typical business jet flying into SMO, say a Hawker 850XP, will pay $120.56, up from $45.54.
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30,000 drones by 2020
General Aviation News
"Integrating drones with existing aviation," tops the list of concerns and analysis in a National Center for Policy Analysis report released in March. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 calls for "full integration" of civilian drones by September 2015. Additionally, the act anticipates "30,000 drones operating by 2020."
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2 guys and an airplane engine: EPS ramping up
New Richmond News
What started as a vision for two local engineers is slowly becoming a job-creating plan for the region and state of Wisconsin. On May 3, in front of investors, aviation experts and elected officials, Steven Weinzierl and Michael Fuchs of Engineered Propulsion Systems, Inc. provided an update on the progress the company has made toward the development of a new diesel engine for general aviation aircraft.
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Pontoon plane nosedives into Hudson River
Times Union
It's uncertain whether anyone survived a plane crash in the Hudson River in the southern Columbia County, N.Y., area, authorities said. The crash happened when a pontoon plane apparently nosedived, according to State Police Capt. Robert Patnaude. The small two-engine passenger plane exploded and sank quickly into the water, authorities and witnesses said.
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NASA developing tablet-based app for Alaska pilots
KBTX-TV
It takes a bit of nerve to fly in Alaska, where pilots deal with the continent's tallest peaks, coldest weather and many sheer unknowns. Take, for example, the radio silence. Small planes lose contact minutes after leaving cities or villages, and pilots usually don't have accurate maps when they take off because Alaska is the only state that hasn't digitally collected elevation data. A partnership linking Juneau with Silicon Valley, however, seeks to change that.
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Flying-car maker Terrafugia reveals new, faster design
The Wall Street Journal
Terrafugia Inc., the Woburn, Mass., company developing the Transition flying car, said it plans to begin delivering the vehicle to customers in 2015 or 2016. In the meantime it is working on a successor model called the TF-X, which will take off and land vertically, fly at more than 200 mph and seat four people.
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Solar Impulse, California for Phoenix
AVweb
The Solar Impulse team sent their solar aircraft out from Moffett Airfield near San Jose, Calif., Mady 3, at 6:12 a.m. Pacific time, for Phoenix, Ariz., on the first leg of a transcontinental U.S. flight. It landed in Phoenix at 12:30 a.m. May 4. The aircraft is powered by four 10-horsepower electric motors that draw energy from 12,000 photovoltaic cells on its wings and lithium-polymer battery packs that store excess solar energy for use in darkness.
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