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NTSB slates general aviation safety forum
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The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a two-day free forum focused on safety issues related to general aviation June 19-20. The event, "General Aviation Safety: Climbing to the Next Level," will be chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman and all five board members will participate. Among the key safety issues the forum will address are pilot training and performance, pilot access to and use of weather-related information and aircraft design and certification. More

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Aviation safety: Pilot quiz
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Every FAA Administrator proudly declares that safety is the primary concern of the administration. But, safety is a serious subject. Let's test some safety questions.

1. The aviation safety and reporting system (ASRS) was developed and is operated by the:
a. Federal Aviation Administration
b. National Transportation Board
c. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

2. If an emergency landing must be made in trees, it is best to:
a. Land gear up
b. Land gear down
c. Depends on circumstances and aircraft type

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Tips on buying an airplane
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There is an itch that almost every pilot gets during the first flight, and regardless of how many physical exams are taken to keep the medical certificates current, the itch rarely leaves. It is the itch to buy and own an airplane.

There might not be a cure for this malady but certain actions can be taken to make it less painful if you succumb to the urge. First and foremost, don't try to make the purchase by yourself unless you are a pilot, mechanic, accident investigator, federal regulation expert, type certificate authority, lawyer and a few other occupational specialists rolled into one person. Get help. The pitfalls are too many. Learn more.

Airworthiness directive issued for some Cessna planes
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The Federal Aviation Administration is adopting a new airworthiness directive for certain Cessna Aircraft Company Model 560XL airplanes. This was prompted by reports of wheel inserts becoming loose and damaging brake assemblies. The AD requires an inspection of the torque lug and surrounding components for damage, and of the bearing cup for corrosion, turned cup or clearance that exceeds limits, and repair as applicable. More

Terrorists eye small planes
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Al-Qaida's most recent edition of Inspire magazine urges sympathizers to take advantage of opportunities to attack Americans in the U.S. homeland, using whatever means necessary. Small airplanes may be among their most sought-after weapons. U.S. intelligence officials have publicly stated al-Qaida no longer has the capability or the operational cover to dispatch 19 people to hijack jumbo passenger jets as they did during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. But smaller airplanes are within their reach. More

Senator wants law that would kill geese to protect public safety
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A New York senator wants the federal government to pass a law that would force the killing of Canada Geese that now use a wildlife preserve near JFK Airport and sometimes get in the way of the airport's aluminum and composite occupants. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., says her bill will end the turf wars between the Department of Agriculture, which would do the killing, and the National Parks Service, which has jurisdiction over the preserve. The law would require the killing to be done by Aug. 1. More

Solar plane: Around the world without a drop of fuel
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The first circumnavigation of the globe by solar-powered plane, in a five-stage flight, is planned for 2014. Bertrand Piccard hopes that his Solar Impulse project will make a statement against mankind's fuel consumption, but without wagging fingers. "No one wants to give up their comfortable lifestyle. But why would we have to? Clean technologies already exist and have huge potential. If we can fly around the world without using a single drop of kerosene, we can also do without fossil fuels on our roads." More

Filming the future of aviation
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When Scott Hardie was around 10 years old, his dad gave him a news article about a man who was inventing a flying car, and he thought that it was amazing and magical. This man, Paul Moller, became a kind of a fairytale character for him, but it wasn't until Hardie, a Sonoma State University communication studies graduate of 2006, took a documentary class at USC's School of Cinematic Arts graduate program when he thought about doing a film about him. More

MRO profile: Flightstar
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In the mid- to late 1970s, general aviation was experiencing its peak, a period in which aircraft were selling as fast as the manufacturers could produce them and ex-GIs were cashing in on veteran's benefits to learn to fly. It was clear to Bill Giannetti, president of Flightstar, and partner Chip Hussey that general aviation was growing at a fast pace. The two met when Giannetti was flight instructing and flying charters at the local small airport. In their early 20s, the two quickly concluded that the operation wasn't being run well by its 60-something owner, who was focused on retiring, so they made him an offer to buy the entire airport and FBO. More

Seaplanes boost small town Florida economy
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A small town in Florida has found that investing in aviation infrastructure can pay off for taxpayers. In 2010, the city of Tavares, with a population of only 14,000, spent $8.3 million to build a seaplane base. Since then, traffic at the base has attracted 26 new businesses, including eight restaurants, and now two boutique hotels are under construction. More

Maine governor proclaims General Aviation Appreciation Month
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage recently declared April "General Aviation Appreciation Month." Maine becomes the 38th state to officially recognize the importance of general aviation and its economic impact, both locally and nationally. Across the state, general aviation airports have an annual economic output of $521 million. More

Georgia airport officials invite public to open house
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Dalton, Ga., Municipal Airport Manager Frank Hubbs admits that many local residents have never used the airport. But he says that its economic impact affects everyone in the area, whether they use it or not. According to a 2011 Georgia Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study, the Dalton Municipal Airport creates some $3 million a year in economic benefits for the area. The study found that Georgia's 104 government-owned airports create $62.6 billion in economic benefits for the state. More

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