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AVweb joins Think Global Flight education initiatives
Flightsim.com
Think Global Flight has received a sponsorship package of fundraising advertising from AVweb.com that will appear frequently in AVwebFlash and AVwebBiz e-newsletters over the next year, reaching some 200,000 owner-pilots and business leaders multiple times each month.
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Small aircraft lands safely after landing gear failure
NJ.com
A small aircraft landed safely after landing gear problems caused a call for a medevac helicopter. The small aircraft landed safely at Central Jersey Airport after declaring a flight emergency. Emergency services were on hand, but were not needed.
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FAA warns pilots of obstructions at Hilton Head airport
The Island Packet
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a warning to pilots about trees and another object that could interfere with planes approaching for landings at Hilton Head Island Airport in Hilton Head Island, S.C. County Administrator Gary Kubic said he received word from the agency about the notice, which said the agency may cancel some instrument flight procedures used by planes that fly into the airport at night.
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The upside and downside of caffeine
I Fly America
by Paul Engstrom, Aviation Writer and IFA Member
Most pilots know what a great pick-me-up coffee can be on days when they're a bit more tired or less alert than usual. But how many know that the caffeine in coffee might let them down after the third cup? Research confirms that the first two, 6-ounce cups of joe, each containing an average of 100 milligrams of caffeine, do indeed enhance performance. In the cockpit, we feel less drowsy and more able to focus, reaction time is improved, our muscles are energized and we can hear and think better. It's a different story beyond 300 mg, however. Learn more.

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IFA pilot quiz — Communication acronyms
I Fly America
Communications of all types today use acronyms, but nowhere is this more prevalent than in aviation. The list of abbreviations and acronyms in the Aeronautical Information Manual takes up several pages. How is your knowledge of FAA language?
1. TLS
    a. Transponder Landing System
    b. Terminal Lighting System
    c Technical Localizer System
2. SOIA
    a. Standard Operation Instrument Approach
    b. Sequenced Omni Instrument Approaches
    c. Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approaches
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Chopper pilot, passenger talk about downtown landing
KITV-TV
Pilot Julia Link and photographer Karl Hedberg have flown together before to capture aerial photography of the Hawaiian islands. But this flight ended with the cameras on them. "Everything seemed fine. We did a photo flight. We were at 3,000 feet over Punchbowl. Everything seemed normal with the aircraft," said Link. "All of a sudden, it got real quiet. Engine quit. The low RPM horn came on."

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Report: Pilot ignored warnings before fatal crash
Longview News-Journal
A preliminary report on the crash of a small plane in New Mexico that killed three says the pilot was warned against taking off in windy conditions. In its report on the March 3 crash, the National Transportation Safety Board says winds at Angel Fire, N.M., were gusting to 54 mph with a sustained speed of 38 mph at the time of the crash.

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Congress introduces bill to streamline approval of aviation technologies
Duluth News Tribune
Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., is one of nine bipartisan sponsors who introduced a bill that could streamline the approval process for new aviation technologies. Bill King, vice president of business administration for Cirrus Aircraft, headquartered in Duluth, Minn., said Cirrus enjoys an unusually harmonious relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration and has found its staff to be very responsive. But he noted many other companies — including airplane makers and manufacturers of aircraft components — don’t enjoy such well-established lines of communication with the administration.

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In an effort to enhance the overall content of The IFA American Flyer, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of IFA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Avoid the airport by traveling in your own personal airplane
Dvice
No one likes to hang around in airports. Long lines, security hassles and flight delays could be a thing of the past, though, if John McGinnis, a composite manufacturer, has his way. With the help of his family and a few dozen volunteers, he has invented a personal airplane, called Synergy. The vehicle could be more inexpensive, quiet and fuel-efficient than traditional commercial aircraft.
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Dynetics unveils new surveillance radar to reduce airport breaches
The Huntsville Times
Preventing flyers, vehicles and wildlife from breaching airport perimeters was Dynetics' goal when developing a new surveillance radar that allows airports to quickly discover intruders who pose a security threat. The new software-defined, Web-based technology allows officials to immediately detect when there is a security breach on airport grounds.
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100 years ago, aviation pioneer makes history
The Miami Herald
The fuel was running perilously low, and the lubricating oil was nearly exhausted, but pioneering pilot Domingo Rosillo del Toro could see land ahead. While three guns were fired from the Havana fortress to announce his arrival, Rosillo coaxed his one-seat, bright yellow plane with an overheating engine past a flotilla of boats, over the heads of 50,000 cheering countrymen, onto the grounds of Camp Columbia — and into history.
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Helicopter ministry offers unique perspective for faith
Catholic News Agency
Hovering 500 feet above the ground, a ride in the Prayer One helicopter offers community leaders the opportunity to join in fellowship — and prayer — above their beloved Mile-High City. What was born from a conversation during a "boys' boondoggle in the Bahamas" some nine years ago has now turned into a unique way for Denver's faith leaders to join in prayer and camaraderie in the skies.
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A flight of remembrance
Canton Daily Ledger
More than 800 friends, family members, pilots, veterans and airplane enthusiasts gathered May 19 at Ingersoll Airport for the Fulton County Flying Club’s annual Fly-in Drive-in Pancake Breakfast in Canton, Ill. This year was a special one for the Fly-in Drive-in as a B25 Mitchell Bomber performed its first show of Canton.
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