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Austrian to circumnavigate world in small plane
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In a daredevil effort with a single-engine small aircraft, a 44-year-old Austrian recreational pilot has set off on a 48,000-km-long trip to circumnavigate the world. Helmuth Lehner, a father of three from Voecklabruck in northern Austria, left on May 11 from the Blue Danube Airport in Linz in an Aerospoolin WT-9 Dynamic plane. The plane was originally an ultralight aircraft, but has been modified with extra instruments and an extra fuel tank that allows up to 19 hours of flight time. More

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Safety from the ground up — A look at ramp risk management
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Preparing for a flight takes a good deal of planning and coordination. It involves everything from factoring in fuel requirements and weight and balance information to researching weather and any NOTAMs or TFRs that may affect your flight. With so much to do — often under the duress of multiple time constraints — it is easy to overlook another important component of a safe flight: ground safety. Learn about how to avoid ramp accidents and ensure that your next flight is a safe one.

Fun things to know — Pilot quiz
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Some things about flying are just fun to know. Others are necessary when taking biennial flight reviews or other tests. On your next biennial, throw some of these questions at your instructor.

1. What is the origin of the term "dead reckoning?"
a. Straight navigation, so the compass is "dead"
b. Deduced reckoning
c. From term "Direction Estimates And Distance"

2. Cal Rogers was the first person to fly an airplane coast to coast. For what other first is he known?
a. First to use a parachute
b. First to fly a float plane
c. First to die from bird strike

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

'Mama Bird' Evelyn Johnson dies at 102; logged 7 years of flight time
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VideoBriefEvelyn Bryan Johnson, a record-setting pilot who was born just six years after the Wright brothers made their historic flight, has died at the age of 102. Johnson, who began flying in 1944, holds the Guinness world record for the most hours logged by a female pilot — more than 57,000. In addition to her accomplished flying record, Johnson also helped many other pilots earn their wings. After one student called her Mama Bird, the nickname stuck, as she gave lessons and FAA flight exams to thousands of pilots. More

Ease into the base-to-final turn
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The accident statistics prove it: The base-to-final turn continues to be one of the big killers in general aviation. Most often, troubles arise when a pilot realizes too late that he is overshooting the runway and so tightens the turn while simultaneously hauling back on the yoke. That's a recipe for a rarely survivable stall-spin accident. The key to avoiding putting the airplane in a dangerous position when you're already low and slow is to heed a few simple tips. More

Expanding Avfuel aims to simplify fuel supply lines
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With increasing visibility outside North America, operating more than 3,500 locations worldwide, Avfuel claims that growing availability of its contract fuel service ensures that corporate flight departments are able to buy fuel at competitive prices no matter where they fly. In addition to boasting a growing network of its outlets, the U.S.-based group provides automated billing to streamline transactions. More

Pilot: Passengers should know flight basics
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VideoBriefTwo back-to-back eastern Idaho plane crashes occurred recently. Is there anything a passenger could do to prevent disaster? "I make sure that they know at least a little bit of basics, how to use the radios," said pilot Kevin Keegan. There are a million different scenarios that can cause a plane to go down. Keegan said passengers should be prepared before boarding. Quick courses on basic flight technique and radio use can be the difference between a passenger who can react in case of emergency, and one who can't. More

Air-safety response faulted
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The Federal Aviation Administration was slow to respond to serious safety risks highlighted by employees, including air-traffic-control violations and lax airline maintenance, according to a government watchdog. In 2009, an air-traffic controller at an FAA radar facility responsible for a big chunk of the airspace over the New York metropolitan area alleged that small aircraft taking off from Teterboro, N.J., routinely were routed dangerously close to large airliners landing at nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. More

For ultralight aircraft pilots, it's like floating on air
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Near a grassy airstrip on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Ray Gefken is checking the wings and wheels of his plane. The ultralight — a single seat airplane with a tiny cockpit and small engine — shares many similarities with the plane aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright flew over the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, N.C., in 1903. Nothing like the massive jumbo jets that criss-cross the skies today, their lightweight, hand-built flyer was more like a powered glider and, more than a century later, the simple design is still airworthy and airborne. More

New Virginia law prohibits pointing lasers at aircraft
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When a police helicopter was flying overhead searching for a criminal suspect in Virginia Beach, Va., Christopher Willingham did something he now acknowledges was "stupid": He pointed a green laser at the helicopter — temporarily blinding the pilot and halting the search. That stunt was not only stupid, it was illegal. Willingham was prosecuted under federal law because there was no applicable state law. That will change on July 1, when a new Virginia law kicks in. More

Puppy love: Pilots to the rescue
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VideoBriefThe single-engine Columbia 350, which normally seats four humans, is now flying 22 strayed, orphaned and unwanted animals to Chicago on a flight path towards a brighter future. Pete Tobin and his wife, Karen Johnson, are part of a growing corps of aviators who volunteer their weekends and their personal planes to support rescue flights posted on an Internet forum called Pilots N Paws. More

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