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Aviation trade associations back biofuel development
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Thirteen aviation trade associations representing all facets of the industry have sent a letter to Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., urging them to support U.S. Department of Defense efforts to "research, test and deploy biofuels in the aviation sector." The letter states, "Ultimately, we are convinced that this is an investment that will pay off by saving taxpayers millions through achieving energy security and independence." More

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NTSB: Homemade aircraft deadlier than most planes
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Pilots of small, homemade aircraft have twice as many accidents and three times the fatalities as the rest of the general-aviation community, the National Transportation Safety Board found. Based on those findings, the five-member board unanimously approved recommendations for the Federal Aviation Administration and the Experimental Aircraft Association to develop better flight-test plans, encourage more training for pilots and conduct fuel tests on the aircraft. Engine failures are a leading cause of the accidents. More

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Choosing the right sunglasses
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Few other personal items advertise "the right stuff" (be it real or imagined) as loudly as aviator sunglasses do. In the practical world of flying, however, cool-looking but inappropriate shades can definitely mean the wrong stuff from a safety standpoint. The price you pay for fashionable design could be a loss of visual acuity, distorted color and images, even blind spots — those places in your field of vision where other aircraft may be lurking, undetected. Learn more.

Cessna mandating inspections for Skyhawks, Skylanes, many more
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In the wake of its announcement of an airworthiness directive on its Cessna 210, 210T and 210P models, Cessna has announced that it is expanding its mandatory inspections to its 100-series airplanes (from the Cessna 120 to the Cessna 195) that were manufactured between 1946 and 1986. The program of mandatory inspections, which debuted last year, is designed, the company said, "to identify any serious corrosion or fatigue damage present, and if there is, get the airplane out of service and repaired." More

Pilot's rare 3-D images of Vietnam War also tell story of love, loss
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Judy Glenn was a young bride with a 4-month-old baby when her husband first left to be a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. It was 1965. There was no Skype, no email, no cellphones. But half a world from his family's Gainesville, Fla., farm, Joel Glenn wanted the love of his life to understand his strange new surroundings and his vantage point from the clouds. "He thought flying was beautiful," says Judy, now 69. "He wanted me to know what it was like to fly." More

Personal space torpedo
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Donations from more than 2,000 people, plus other sponsorships, have funded Copenhagen Suborbitals' Tycho Brahe program, which aims to see individuals launched to at least 100 miles above the earth in personal capsules. The team's proposed capsule is made from rolled steel plate wrapped in a cork heat shield. Inside, the capsule's sole passenger would ride in a near-standing position, wearing a G-suit to help force blood to the head during acceleration. The passenger's head would sit in a transparent hemispheric dome topped with an aerospike for better supersonic performance. More

2 small planes collide; 1 pilot and a passenger killed
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A pilot and passenger were killed as two small planes collided in the air above Fauquier County, Va., on May 28, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and Virginia State Police. The midair collision happened about five miles south of the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport. "One plane has been destroyed by fire," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told CNN. Two bodies have been recovered. More

Solar plane midway through first intercontinental flight
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Solar Impulse, a Swiss sun-powered aircraft, on May 25 finished the first leg of its attempt at an intercontinental flight without using a single drop of fuel. The solar plane took off from Payerne, Switzerland, bound for Morocco. It landed safely on a planned three-day technical stopover in Madrid, where it will get a new pilot. If successful, the 1,550-mile journey will be the longest to date for the craft, which last year completed its first international flight from its home in Switzerland to Brussels. More

Adventures in aviation
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"Since the dawn of time, man has been fascinated by flight," begins a famous quote by aviation enthusiast Kermit Weeks. "That fascination is a physical reflection of what we all long to return to. We all fly in our dreams, and when we wake, we long for that inner freedom. Flight, more than anything else on this planet, symbolizes man's desire to go beyond himself. Let's use it to inspire mankind to take the next step on its journey." More

Airworthiness directive: Piper Aircraft, Inc. airplanes
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The Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation are superseding an existing airworthiness directive for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA-31T and PA-31T1 airplanes. That AD currently requires correcting a model identification error on the aircraft data plate. Since that AD was issued, some owner/operators of the affected airplanes modified the aircraft data plate in error because of confusion in the serial number applicability. Because of the confusion, the manufacturer has issued new service information to clarify affected airplane serial numbers. More

The conundrum of community
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We who write about general aviation have a tendency to use a particular term to describe the lot of us. It is fairly common for us to describe the collective bunch as "the aviation community." The intent is to bond us together, at least in the reader's mind. And in many cases the term is literal — there is an actual community of aviators, or aviation enthusiasts, who live and work and recreate in close proximity to each other. That's often a good thing. More

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