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Solar Impulse ready for Pacific crossing
AVweb
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft and its crew are ready to fly from China to Hawaii, and waiting for the right weather window, which the crew now says won't happen before Sunday. The 5,000-mile leg, which will be the longest nonstop flight on the solar-powered electric airplane's round-the-world trip, is expected to take about five days. SI2 landed in Nanjing on April 21, and since then the crew has been waiting and preparing for the right time to launch. Andre Borschberg, who has been alternating the flight duties in the single-seat cockpit with Bertrand Piccard, will be the pilot.
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1929's record-setting endurance flights
General Aviation News
The 1920s saw many records set for altitude, speed, endurance and range, but they were destined to be only fleeting. The records fell quickly due to the development of better aircraft and engines. January 1929 began the year with an achievement that many thought would never be exceeded anytime in the near future — the epic six day flight of the Question Mark. The Question Mark was a modified Fokker transport aircraft that was flown to a refueled endurance record by US Army aviators.
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GA thanked for turtle recovery
AVweb
The Kemp's Ridley sea turtles that were rescued from freezing Cape Cod waters last winter with the help of volunteer general aviation pilots are now ready to return to the sea, and the airlift organizers haven't forgotten their GA supporters. "In celebration of the turtles' release, on May 16, GA pilots are invited to fly in to the Jekyll Island Airport to visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center free of charge," said airlift organizer Leslie Weinstein. The pilots and their families will be welcomed by the staff and invited to join in the Turtle Crawl celebration at 5:30 p.m., when the recovered turtles are released back into the wild.
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So, you thought you had a current medical?
By Robert Martens, reprinted with permission of FAA Aviation News
As a Safety Program Manager in a Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), I meet with the aviation public at least twice every week. And while I only reach a small segment of the aviators within our district, several years ago an inordinate number of program attendees asked why they were no longer receiving their monthly Aviation Safety Program Seminar announcement through the mail. Since only the holders of a current medical receive the announcement, which is mailed from Oklahoma City, my first question was whether or not they had a current medical. When they responded "yes" I knew we had a problem.
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Accident Report — A lot of fuel in the wrong tank — De Havilland DHC-2
I Fly America
About 1705 Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped de Havilland DHC-2 airplane received substantial damage when it collided with trees and a private residence following a loss of engine power while on approach to land at the Lake Hood Seaplane Base, Anchorage, Alaska. The solo commercial pilot was not injured. The Title 14, CFR Part 91 personal flight operated in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan. The flight departed a remote lake near Beluga, Alaska, about 1635, and the destination was the Lake Hood Seaplane Base.
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Report: Polish single-engine jet nears 1st flight
FLYING
n the "we'll believe it when we see it" department, a single-engine jet is being developed in Poland that is reminiscent of some single-engine jet programs that have been done here in the United States in recent years. Named the Flaris LAR 01, the jet has completed its initial taxi tests at the airport in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Its developer says it expects the jet to fly within the next few weeks. The small mid-wing, single-engine jet was built by a Polish company called Metal-Master. However, the airplane is of composite construction, using pre-impregnated carbon fiber material.
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Pictures of the day: Aerobatic discovery flight
General Aviation News
Kyle Mullen from CTI Professional Flight Training at Millington Regional Jetport in Tennessee sent in this photo taken April 30. He explains: "Our CEO (a former topgun instructor) giving a potential student an aerobatic discovery flight in our Waco Great Lakes." The CEO's call sign in the Navy was "Shoes" — notice the tail number when inverted spells “SHOESN,” Kyle said.
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Shape-changing wings successfully tested
AVweb
NASA says it has successfully flight-tested wings that can change shape in flight without seams or gaps and is calling it a next-generation breakthrough in aircraft design. In cooperation with the Air Force and FlexSys Inc., the developer of the system, NASA mounted the morphing wings on a Gulfstream bizjet and put it through its paces.
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Western Michigan University takes delivery of new Frasca sim
General Aviation News
The College of Aviation at Western Michigan University has taken delivery of a new Frasca SR20 Level 5 Flight Training Device and has also upgraded its two existing Frasca SR20 FTDs to match the new device. The FTDs will feature upgraded electronic control loading of the flight controls to more accurately recreate the "feel" of flying the Cirrus SR20 aircraft, university officials noted.
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