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Big blows
Aviation Safety Magazine via AVweb
Flying safely in high wind conditions is a matter of adopting the proper technique for your aircraft's weight and configuration. One complication with which pilots must always contend is wind. It can complicate a takeoff or landing, force heading changes while en route, mandate a fuel stop when stronger than forecast and make an otherwise smooth ride uncomfortable when blowing over uneven terrain.
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Foley airport sees high success in flight school
WALA-TV
The Foley Municipal Airport in Alabama has had an increasing amount of interest since its facility opened in 2011, and this is largely because of its flight training school. The airport offers an accredited Federal Aviation Administration 141 school that has instructed many students from the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.
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Tips on buying an airplane
I Fly America
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. Learn more.

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IFA pilot quiz — flight times
I Fly America
Pilots focus on flight time for everything from flight planning and fuel requirements to currency of experience and engine overhauls. Have some fun and see how well you can judge the flight times of these historic events.

1. The Wright Brothers made five flights, alternating as pilots, on December 14, 1903. What was the longest?
    a. 120 feet in 12 seconds
    b. 317 feet in 29 seconds
    c. 852 feet in 59 seconds

2. The first round-trip flight between two large cities was made in 1910. Which cities and how long was flying time?
    a. New York/Philadelphia/New York; 3 hours 34 minutes
    b. Cincinnati/Columbus/Cincinnati; 4 hours 19 minutes
    c. Chicago/St Louis/Chicago; 6 hours 12 minutes

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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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, that could be more inexpensive, quiet and fuel-efficient than traditional commercial aircraft.

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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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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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Experts: Kansas engineers' virtual aerospace testing miles ahead of others
The Wichita Eagle
Gerardo Olivares likes to crash-test dummies on a crash-test sled at the National Institute for Aviation Research in Wichita, Kan. Olivares cranks them back, shoots them forward. Heads, arms and legs snap forward, and their waistlines collapse, crushed in painful-looking imitations of what happens when a body folds around a seat belt at high velocity.
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Come ride the Ford Tri-Motor airplane
WJW-TV
Historical airplane and aviation enthusiasts have the opportunity to take flight in a restored Ford Tri-Motor airplane. Rides on the restored 1929 plane will be offered by the International Women's Air & Space Museum at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport until June 2.
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Decrease in flights at a California airport
Santa Barbara View
In the wake of a Los Angeles Times report, which noted that the Santa Barbara, Calif., airport had lost 18.2 percent of their flights from 2007-2012, the Santa Barbara View caught up with Karen Ramsdell, airport director, who had this to say about the article, "From 2007-2012 airports nationwide saw reductions in departures and small airports were impacted the most."
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Iowa Airport open house set for June 1
Times-Republican
The public is invited to attend the June 1 open house at Marshalltown's Municipal Airport in Marshalltown, Iowa. This event will begin at 7 a.m. and run until 11 a.m. and will feature Kiwanis Club members serving up a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee.
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10th annual Memorial Day airshow at Jones Beach thrills
Examiner.com
The 10th Annual Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach in New York was sentimental, not just for the milestone of a decade, and not even because Memorial Day is the kick off to summer, but because it also marked the reopening of Jones Beach State Park after the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. The event, as always, paid respect for veterans and their families and especially for fallen soldiers and their families.
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Bethel celebrates 100 years of Alaska aviation
KTUU-TV
Bethel, Alaska, celebrated 100 years of Alaska aviation with the Alaska Air Show Association. Three World War II planes were featured in Bethel for the first time. The group has provided barnstorming and fly-in activities to communities all over Alaska, along with bringing aviation history to communities throughout the state.
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87-year-old great-grandpa skydives from airplane
NBC News
An 87-year-old man jumped out of an airplane thousands of feet over Ohio to help his sick 11-month-old great-grandson. Clarence Turner of Warren County, Ohio, took the tandem skydive with an instructor near Waynesville, Ohio, to help raise money for medical bills for Julian Couch, who has been in the hospital since he was born.
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