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FAA considering modernization of pilot training standards
Aviation Today
FAA is preparing to consider a series of major changes to the practical test standards for private pilots. The agency is considering proposed changes to the rules from the Airman Testing Standards and Training Workgroup. The group, formed in 2011 and chaired by Jens C. Hennig, vice president of operations at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, seeks to bring together the standards for flight training into a single location for each certificate or rating for aspiring pilots.
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Aviation program to take flight at Ivy Tech
Indiana Daily Student
Ivy Tech Community College is partaking in a national effort designed to address the dwindling number of skilled workers in the aviation industry, which is supposed to decline by 40 percent by 2014. Ivy Tech specifically its campuses in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Ind., is one of five colleges to receive the U.S. Department of Labor grant and will create a 12-16 week program to train workers in the aviation field.
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Aviation database reveals frequent safety problems at airports
A commercial airline pilot en route to San Diego International Airport looks out a window at 10,800 feet and sees a Lockheed S-3 Viking Navy jet coming right at him. "The captain quickly pulled up on the control column to avoid hitting the S3," the co-pilot wrote in a report filed with federal officials. "He turned his head to the right, which made me look out of my window on the right. And the window was full of the S3." The two planes passed within about 100 feet of each other.
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IFA Aviation Education Resources
I Fly America
Learning about aviation is exciting and intriguing for people of all ages. IFA has compiled a number of resources to assist you with your aviation education needs, whether they be finding the right school to attend, choosing the right flight instructor, career opportunities, curriculum guides for your next aviation lesson and so much more.
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IFA pilot quiz — aircraft of U.S. presidents
I Fly America
Air Force One is a well-known call sign, but what do you know about the President's airplane and the travels of U.S. presidents? Try this quiz to find out.

1. In the mid-1950s, Air Force One became the call sign for any airplane carrying the U.S. President. Why was this chosen?
    a. The U.S. Air Force always used its newest transport airplane to carry the President.
    b. An airplane carrying the President had a call sign ending in the same numbers as an Eastern Airlines flight when on a similar route and this caused the pilot to be concerned about possible confusion by air traffic control.
    c. The Air Force was separated from the Army to become an independent arm of military and punsters thought the call sign would seem to many "Air Force WON."
2. What is the call sign of the helicopter when carrying the President from the White House to Andrews Air Force base?
    a. Marine One.
    b. Helicopter One.
    c. Air Force One.
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Avoid the airport by traveling in your own personal airplane
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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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.

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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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Photos: Fly-in, open house attract aviation enthusiasts
The Bakersfield Californian
Chapter 71 of the Experimental Aircraft Association held an open house and fly-in at Bakersfield Municipal Airport in California. "This is all for kids. We want them to see airplanes," Don Walls, vice president of the local association, said on "First Look with Scott Cox." In the past, Walls said, the day was simply a fly-in. But the chapter, in existence since 1959, decided to expand it to generate more interest.
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Airlines agree common plan for tackling emissions
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Global airlines have agreed on a proposal for tackling aircraft emissions in a bid to break international deadlock over an issue that has stoked fears of a carbon trade war. Airlines representing 85 percent of global traffic urged governments to adopt a single market-based system designed to offset growth in their post-2020 emissions against the funding of projects to cut emissions deemed harmful to the environment.
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Firefighters gather for survival flight training
Southgate News Herald
Firefighters from both Allen Park and Melvindale, Mich., gathered in the parking lot of the Southfield Lease Properties for training with the Survival Flight crew from the University of Michigan Medical Center.
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IATA asks governments not to single out aviation for heavy taxation
The Economic Times
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) asked governments across the world not to single out the aviation industry for taxes and regulations and to treat it as "any other business." "One of our key messages to governments will be that aviation should be treated like any other business. We don't want a handout, but we also don't want to be singled out for special fees and taxes, and commercial regulations that chill market creativity and initiative," IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said.
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Flying Circus important part of Kansas aviation history
The Wichita Eagle
What were they thinking, those early barnstormers who took to the skies in planes barely strung together with fabric and wood? At the turn of the 20th century, aviation was a new industry. Its leaders taught themselves to fly through trial and error. The successful ones were the survivors, aviation giants such as Clyde Cessna and Walter Beech.
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