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NTSB explains upcoming cockpit monitoring guide
AINonline
"Humans are not naturally good at monitoring highly reliable automated cockpit systems for extended periods of time," said NTSB member Robert Sumwalt. "And what do we have in our airplanes today ... highly reliable, highly automated systems." Sumwalt believes better procedures and additional training will improve the odds when it comes to preventing accidents related to monitoring and crosschecking automated cockpit systems.
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Remembering legendary X-15 rocket plane pilot dies
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Bill Dana — a famed research test pilot who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft during the birth of the space age — has died at age 83. According to an announcement by NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, Dana died at an assisted living facility in suburban Phoenix.
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Birth of aviation takes flight in Goldstone's 'Birdmen'
USA TODAY
According to author Ray Locker: We take it for granted that Wilbur and Orville Wright, two bicycle-making brothers from Dayton, Ohio, flew the first airplane and pioneered the development of aviation. Their names adorn an Air Force base in their hometown; North Carolina's license plates brag about the brothers' feat on the sands of the state's Outer Banks.
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Beyond the checklist: Little things that make a big difference in your safety
By Mike Schwartz
Reprinted with Permission by FAA Aviation News
Because so many accidents involve some form of human error, there is an understandable emphasis on strategies to eliminate or mitigate hazards that can lead to such mistakes. Even the most casual reader of publications such as FAA Safety Briefing will be familiar with tools like the IMSAFE checklist: Am I free from Illness, Medication, Stress, Alcohol, Fatigue, or Eating deficiencies that could affect my physical or mental capacity to operate safely as pilot-in-command? You probably know about the PAVE checklist that encourages a structured review of Pilot, Aircraft, enVironment and External pressures.

Thankfully, mechanical problems are a far less common cause of accidents than they were in the early days of aviation. Safety and reliability are built into the design of today's certificated production aircraft, and we all benefit from these improvements. In addition, proper and consistent use of a checklist for all phases of flight is now an integral part of aviation safety culture.

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FAA rulemaking might ease medical certification requirements
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The FAA will begin formal rulemaking to consider whether to allow private pilots to use a driver's license in lieu of an FAA medical certificate in some circumstances, the agency...

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If you are looking for a new place to fly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you may want to take a look at a list of fly-in spots called the "Best of the Best" created by John Purner, the founder of "The $100 Hamburger." Purner used...

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Software lets pilots open up about safety
AINonline
Audiences at aviation conferences possess important industry insights, but pilots are often reluctant to share some of that information publicly. Recognizing that fact and attempting to overcome audience resistance, François Lassale, CEO of Morrison, Colorado-based Vortex FSM and master of ceremonies at the Flight Safety Foundation's business aviation safety summit in San Diego, used the "Poll Everywhere" online software to anonymously gather useful safety information from the BASS audience and instantly project the results for the group to view.
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Trip to aviation training center ends students' Flying Challenge program
The Wichita Eagle
Students from Brooks Technology and Arts Magnet Middle School in Wichita, Kansas, spent some time at the National Center for Aviation Training as part of the Flying Challenge program. The mentoring program, coordinated by United Way of the Plains and sponsored by the Airbus Corporate Foundation, is meant to challenge students academically and to interest them in possibly pursuing aviation-related degrees or careers.
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Where hybrid aircraft fit
AVweb
According to author Paul Bertorelli: I was looking through the archives the other day to see when we did our first serious coverage of electric aircraft. It was 2009 — five years ago this summer. We imagined then that production versions would be trickling to market in a few years. They aren't. But that's not to say there's not interesting progress being made in electrics and especially hybrid drive for aircraft.
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Flying LPV approaches outside the US can be complex
AINonline
The FAA does not require a letter of authorization to fly a localizer performance with vertical guidance approach within the U.S. However, guidance for flying in other parts of the world–such as in Europe where the number of LPV approaches is growing — is not nearly as clear and straightforward. Despite the overall authority of the European Aviation Safety Agency, each European state has its own aviation regulatory agency that deals with approach approval.
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