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FAA fuel committee: 11-year timeline for avgas replacement
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Although it hasn't released the final report to the public, the FAA's unleaded avgas transition rulemaking committee will recommend a fuel approvals process stretching out as long as 11 years and will be asking Congress for at least $60 million to fund the project, plus as much as $13 million from the industry. The report is now being reviewed by the Department of Transportation and sources said that it could be released "within a few weeks." More

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FAA issues general aviation airports study    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Federal Aviation Administration released a study called "General Aviation Airports: A National Asset." The FAA conducted the 18-month study to capture the many diverse functions of general aviation airports. As a result, the general public will have a better understanding of GA airports in the community and within the national air transportation system. More

Minimizing an aviation fuel emergency
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Most people don't like to admit that they have dug themselves into a hole and need help to extricate themselves from their predicament. This is evident in the common tendency people have to minimize their problems when communicating with others, and has led to many adverse outcomes because people who could have helped did not fully understand the extent of the difficulty that pilot or crew were in. This is especially true when pilots get into a low fuel situation. More

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Trust but verify — Airworthiness tips for pilots of rental and multi-owner aircraft
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Trust, but verify! While President Ronald Reagan popularized this Russian proverb in a very different context, it is also excellent advice for pilots who fly rental or jointly-owned aircraft.

When it comes to owner-flown aircraft, pilots have the advantage of knowing exactly how an aircraft has been operated and maintained. With rental and jointly-owned aircraft, on the other hand, the pilot has to place a certain amount of trust in both the fellow pilots of that aircraft and its owner or operator. After all, the regulations specifically state that the owner or operator of the aircraft has primary responsibility for maintaining it in an airworthy condition (14 CFR 91.403). Learn some tips and a few things to look for before you rent or join a partnership.

People in aviation — Pilot quiz
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Let's talk about people in aviation. There have been many interesting persons who performed special activities in aviation history. See how many you can identify. Caution: it will not be easy.

1. What two men formed one company, then couldn't agree on design and split to form two companies?
a. W.T. Piper and G. Bellanca
b. Clyde Cessna and Walter Beech
c. Walter Beech and William Boeing

2. The first aircraft built in the United States was a glider. Who built it?
a. Samuel Langley in 1901
b. Wilbur Wright in 1899
c. Otto Lilienthal in 1894

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

FAA proposes a significant rewrite of part 145
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The FAA has put forth a proposal to make wholesale changes to the avionics industry, and a major trade organization says those changes would have damaging and costly repercussions. The agency proposes to remove radio and instrument ratings and allow airframe-rated repair stations to work on radio and instrument components without qualifications or ratings. In addition, the proposal eliminates many of the currently utilized opportunities for mobile maintenance operations. More

Laser incidents involving aircraft on the rise, stiffer penalties sought
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Lasers pointed at aircraft can cause temporary blindness to pilots, forcing them to take evasive action. The laser problem is getting worse. The number of reported laser incidents in the United States has risen 26 percent from 2,836 in 2010 to 3,592 in 2011. It has more than doubled since 2009. The Federal Aviation Administration and the Justice Department are pushing for stiffer penalties against individuals responsible for targeting planes. More

NTSB to present findings on experimental aircraft
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The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a board meeting May 22, to consider the findings of a draft safety study on experimental amateur-built aircraft. Of the approximately 224,000 general aviation aircraft in the U.S., about 33,000 of them are classified as E-AB, according to NTSB officials. This includes a wide variety of aircraft, which can be built from a prefabricated kit, existing plans or a builder's unique design. Unfortunately, this group of aircraft has, for several years, experienced accident rates greater than those of other comparable segments of GA. More

Pilots bought airport to have place of their own
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Hidden behind a small forest northeast of the intersection of St. Joseph and Diamond avenues in Evansville, Ind., lies an airport of a different kind. A lush, green, 2,000-foot by 142-foot stretch of well-manicured grass forms the only runway for Skylane Airport. It is lined with 45 large white airplane hangars. "It's kind of like a car club," says Jim Schmitt, a member of the board of directors and field maintenance manager at Skylane. "I got my license out here in 1981 and been flying ever since then." More

Apps provide weather flying tips for general aviation pilots
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Sporty's has released a four-part weather flying series, now available for iPad and iPhone, featuring general aviation weather expert Richard Collins breaks down the challenges and opportunities for flying in the different seasonal weather conditions. Viewers will go on actual flights with Collins to explore the relationship between forecast weather and real conditions and how complex weather systems affect the airplane. More

FAA finds no evidence in pilot's claim of unidentified object over Denver
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The Federal Aviation Administration found no evidence of unidentified aircraft or objects in its inquiry into a corporate jet pilot's claim he saw a possible remote-controlled aircraft flying near his jet over Denver this week, the agency said. On May 14, the pilot of a corporate jet, a Cessna Citation 525 CJ1, was flying over Denver after coming in from Wichita, Kan. The pilot made a radio transmission to air traffic control about the object, stating it was like a "large remote-controlled aircraft." More

A man and his magnificent flying machines
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Ed Willard is one of hundreds of Utahns building their own airplanes from plans or kits. Sure, you could just purchase a small plane to buzz around in, but to Willard's way of thinking, that means missing out on the joy of creating something. "Building is fun — building a birdhouse is fun, building an airplane is fun," he says. The 69-year-old retired airline pilot got his first taste of flying in high school when a friend took him up for a ride. More

Yuma, Ariz., Airport Authority faces anger, lawsuits    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Yuma Airport Authority has hit some rough flying as it deals with lawsuits, simmering unrest in the general aviation community and a vigilant website that puts an online spotlight on airport activities. Joe Gamez said he founded out of concerns that the airport board and staff were giving preferential treatment to Million Air, currently the airport's sole fixed-base operator, to the detriment of another tenant. He added that he is just trying to bring transparency to the airport's activities. More

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