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Using your thoughts to fly an airplane?
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According to author Shayla Silva: With aviation technology advancing all the time, we're always asking, "What will they think of next?" Well, how about using only your brain to control an aircraft? Scientists at Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin have put the futuristic idea to the test and successfully demonstrated that brain-controlled flight is feasible — and can be done with surprising accuracy. And, they say, it doesn't take superpowers.
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Roland Garros: France's forgotten WWI hero
CNN
You'll find his name and initials everywhere you go at the French Open — the famous green and brick red logo stamped on everything from parasols and caps to towels and tennis balls. But ask most people who Roland Garros was and they'll tend to double fault. "For a lot of people in France and abroad, Garros is a tennis man, or a sometime president of the French Tennis Federation," says Michael Guittard, head of collections and cultural mediation at the FFT.
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Sounds in the night: Flying in the middle of nowhere
By Mark Huber
I live in the area of the United States that can be charitably called the middle of nowhere. Step outside in the winter, and the only thing you are likely to hear is your own breathing. Yep, sound carries here. In the dead of night, I can hear a jet at 30,000 feet some 30 or even 40 miles away. This, combined with the recent and perpetual 24/7 "breaking news" coverage of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, put me to asking, what would happen if one of my midnight visitors came down into the trees or a lake around here?
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Choosing the right sunglasses
By Paul Engstrom, aviation writer and IFA member
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.
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IFA pilot quiz — Busted FAA regulations
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It has been said many times that no flight ever takes off without unknowingly violating several FAA regulations. This is understandable considering there are 1,603 flight rules and sub-rules about pilots. Then there are rules for mechanics, aircraft certification, air carrier operations, etc. So, how is your flying? Have you ever unknowingly busted a regulation? Here are just a few questions relating to piloting. Test yourself.

1. What category of aircraft always has the right-of-way?
    a. Gliders
    b. Balloons
    c. Any type aircraft on the right
2. Except for takeoff and landing, what is the minimum altitude that may be flown over congested areas and open-air assemblies?
    a. 1,000 feet above highest obstacle within radius of 2,000 feet
    b. 500 feet if open areas exist on terrain to permit emergency landing
    c. Powered parachutes, balloons, and weight-shift aircraft have no restrictions
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Roland Garros: France's forgotten WWI hero
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1st flight for Solar Impulse 2
AVweb
Solar Impulse 2 — the solar-electric aircraft designed to fly around the world — flew more than two hours recently, for a successful maiden flight. The single-seat aircraft launched from the Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland, with test pilot Marcus Scherdel in command. "Si2 incorporates a vast amount of new technology to render it more efficient, reliable and in particular better adapted to long-haul flights," said André Borschberg, Solar Impulse CEO.
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Lost, alone and flying in a blackout, how a young pilot desperately hunted for his home airfield
Derby Telegraph
Peter Kirk and Peter Felix, of Derbyshire Historical Aviation Society in U.K., share a tragic story from World War I. In April 1918, when the RAF was not yet a month old, Second Lieutenant Henry Graham Achurch was undergoing training as a night bomber pilot with 199 (Night) Training Squadron based at the aerodrome at East Retford.
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NORAD: General aviation pilots busting too many TFRs
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Military jets are scrambling on average more than once a week to intercept general aviation pilots who stray into restricted airspace, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Besides the potential danger involved in such intercepts, the incursions — 75 on average per year — cost tax payers millions of dollars. The number of incidents of pilots busting Temporary Flight Restrictions has decreased in recent years with better outreach to the pilot community, but NORAD anticipates that the frequency of intercepts will remain at current levels.
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