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Top 5 pre-flight mistakes
According to author Jeb Burnside: The pre-flight inspection is something we learn about during our first flight lesson. We poke, prod, uncowl, measure and eyeball various fluids and components while the airplane is still safely on the ramp, all to help decide if it's safe to fly. Yet, once we take off, we often find we missed something. Hopefully, what we missed is relatively insignificant and merely embarrassing, rather than a safety-of-flight issue.
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Local airports facing financial crunch
By numbers alone, recent small plane crashes could have been enough to spook casual observers.
But they didn't rattle Philadelphia-area airport officials.
"That's like saying two Nissan Sentras crashed yesterday," said Jeff Suveg, assistant manager of Brandywine Airport in West Chester, from which Deal and Poch departed.
Instead, local pilots say, crashes contribute to a larger issue. Many community airports are struggling. And the stigma surrounding crashes, they worry, is exacerbating problems that include dwindling airport profits and a shrinking number of pilots.
For one day in DC, Honor Flight veterans see all they can see
The Washington Post
According to author John Kelly: As our bus hurtled down Constitution Avenue, pulled into the oncoming lane and then ran a red light, a fellow sitting behind me said, "This is the way to travel in D.C. This is the only way."
I think I have to agree with him.
When you see the sights in Washington with an Honor Flight, you get the full motorcade experience. Wherever we went, our three-bus caravan had a Park Police motorcycle up front, siren blaring, and another cop at the back. I'm sure passersby were wondering, "Who is that?"
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Tips on buying an airplane
By Charlie Spence, aviation writer and IFA member
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.
IFA pilot quiz — Biennial flight review
I Fly America
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"
2. Cal Rogers was the first person to fly an airplane coast to coast. For what other first is he known?
b. Deduced reckoning
c. From term "Direction Estimates And Distance"
a. First to use parachute
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. First to fly a float plane
c. First to die from bird strike
Accident report — Strong winds weak directional control — Cessna R172K
I Fly America
At 1115 eastern daylight time, a Cessna R172K was substantially damaged while landing at the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport (W66), Warrenton, Virginia. The certificated private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.
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Wilmington Air Park named Ohio Airport of the Year
General Aviation News
The Wilmington Air Park was recognized by the Ohio Aviation Association at its annual conference as the 2015 Airport of the Year.
Each year the OAA selects an airport that puts into practice the association's mission of promoting aviation by providing a medium for the exchange of ideas, methods, information, and experiences.
"This award is an acknowledgment of an airport who has made extraordinary accomplishments in moving their airport program forward and helping move Ohio aviation forward," stated Paul Strack, OAA past president.
Solar powered aircraft: Still hobbled by batteries
With Solar Impulse plying its way around the globe, solar-powered flight is getting plenty of press, but there are dozens of other quieter projects already in service or in development. A California company called Alta Devices is building super-efficient solar panels for these, but the company recently told us that as with pure electric aircraft, battery technology remains a barrier.
"The challenge is, every day the batteries get discharged and recharged and you go through the night and the day cycle again," says Alta's Rich Kapusta, whom AVweb interviewed at the recent AUVSI convention in Atlanta.
Unusual attitudes: Buying airplanes
According to author Martha Lunken: I was introduced to the art of buying and selling flying machines on a spring afternoon in 1965, standing next to an airplane salesman who'd just closed a deal on an AT-6 at Lunken Airport. The sound from that round engine as the buyer departed Runway 21R was glorious, but when it passed almost directly overhead the throaty roar abruptly changed to a sputter and then a cough. And I distinctly remember the distressed expression on the dealer's face as he muttered, "Damn, I knew I should have gotten a cashier's check."
Vintage aircraft area enhanced at Wisconsin
General Aviation News
The Vintage Aircraft Association has commenced a major expansion of its Red Barn headquarters and Vintage Plaza complex for this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin.
The 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention will be held July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The Vintage Aircraft Association, one of EAA's special interest communities, each year coordinates one of AirVenture's most popular areas, featuring aircraft from aviation's colorful history.
Pilots, aviation experts speak out over safety of plane cabin air
A respected aviation safety expert has told ITV News that the government has misled the public regarding the risk of contaminated cabin air on planes.
Flying is an act of faith and record numbers of us do, but few of us realize that the air we breathe on-board comes from the engine — and that potentially dangerous chemicals can, and do, get inside cabin.
ITV News has spoken to a cabin crew member who says he was diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning after a flight he was on three years ago.
Massachusetts kids fly for free
It's a dream of many young people to fly in a plane, and perhaps one day become professional pilots. Recently, a number of South Coast kids got a chance to take a free flight at Massachusetts' New Bedford Regional Airport — some even handling the controls for a few minutes. Event organizers say that the objective is simple: give kids a taste of being up in the sky, and it just might spark a lifelong interest in aviation.
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