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FAA clarifies GA seatbelt rules
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Pilots of general aviation aircraft should be careful about allowing passengers to share a seat and a seat belt, the FAA says in a clarification to its seat-belt requirements, released last week. "Prior [FAA] interpretations state that the shared use of a single restraint may be permissible," the FAA said. But the new clarification says it is permissible only if it conforms to the limits defined in the Airplane Flight Manual. More

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Fighting fatigue
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Taking care of your aircraft is a key focus, but it is also important to take care of the pilot. A vital part of caring for the pilot is dealing with fatigue, which is an inescapable aspect of life. For the average individual, it is a minor inconvenience. For a pilot, its consequences can be disastrous. Learn more.

Pilot quiz
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Whether flying regularly or getting back in the air after an extended period, it is smart to bone up on essential legal and safety measures. These questions will test your memory and perhaps suggest some refresher study.

1. Hypoxia usually does not occur in a normally healthy person below what altitude?
a. 15,000 feet
b. 12,000 feet
c. 9,000 feet

2. The FAA defines a near mid-air collision as when two or more aircraft come closer than what distance?
a. One-half mile
b. 500 feet
c. One mile

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

The causes of runway excursions
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While the high-speed runway excursions that result in crumpled aircraft may make the evening news, they are only the most visible examples of what is becoming a growing trend, said Paul Ratté, aviation safety programs director at USAIG. According to statistics from the Flight Safety Foundation, in the 15-year span from 1995 to 2010, operators of jets and turboprops with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds amassed more than 650 runway excursion accidents worldwide. More

House GA Caucus: National Parks Airspace amendment bad idea
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Eighteen members of the General Aviation Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives on May 25 sent a letter to congressional conferees trying to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the highway authorization bill, urging the conference committee members to reject an amendment that would take control of airspace over national parks away from the FAA and give it to the National Park Service. More

Controlled airspace communication
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Despite having an endorsement to fly in Class D airspace, Connie Sue White had spent most of her flying time as a sport pilot in uncontrolled airspace, with only a few flights into sleepy Class D airports and never near an active military airport. So, as they approached the airspace for Key West Naval Air Station, she flew the airplane and listened closely while her co-pilot made the radio call. Though the added task of squawking was a little intimidating, what struck her the most during the transmission was how little information needed to be exchanged. More

GA groups challenge report on industry security
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The heads of six general aviation groups last month strongly rebuked a report by a Washington, D.C.-area radio station that alleged GA is the "Achilles Heel" of aviation security. "We are concerned because the report treats issues that were raised and addressed 10 years ago as if they are new, and because it fails to make any mention of the myriad, multi-layered changes to general aviation security that have taken place since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks," they said. More

Credible Amelia Earhart radio signals were ignored as bogus
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Dozens of previously dismissed radio signals were actually credible transmissions from Amelia Earhart, according to a new study of the alleged post-loss signals from Earhart's plane. The transmissions started riding the air waves just hours after Earhart sent her last in-flight message. The study sheds new light on what may have happened to the legendary aviator 75 years ago. The researchers plan to start a high-tech underwater search for pieces of her aircraft next July. More

Free engine analysis coming
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A web-based platform will be rolled out this July to help diagnose and troubleshoot engine problems, and it will be available free of charge at The system has been developed by Mike Busch, A&P/IA and CEO of Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management Inc. It works to graph and analyze piston engine data collected from "virtually all" existing engine monitors, according to Busch. The system is currently in beta testing by a select group of end users, and Busch says the final product aims to be intuitive to navigate, easy for novices to use and capable of serious analysis work. More

Florida Tech adds master's degree in aviation safety
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A growing government and private sector need for professionals trained in aviation safety has prompted a new degree at Florida Institute of Technology: the Master of Science in Aviation Safety, which is taught 100 percent through online learning. The degree, offered by the Florida Tech College of Aeronautics, is a companion degree to its Master of Science in Human Factors in Aeronautics. Participants will learn about safety management systems; aviation safety analysis, complex aviation systems, accident prevention, human factors and decision-making. More

Online funding campaign boosts unique aircraft firm
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Kalispell, Mont., resident John McGinnis has a bold vision of what the personal aircraft could and should be. And he and his team of family, friends, volunteers and partners continue to build a working prototype of his experimental Synergy aircraft, which promises to be a lightweight composite aircraft with room for five, all of the modern amenities and unprecedented fuel economy. The goal is fast, fun, quiet, comfortable and affordable air transportation with greater range and the ability to land at safer, slower speeds on local airfields. More

Texas engineer seeks prizes for human-powered aviation
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At age 16, Larry McNay helped make history as part of the team that built and flew the Gossamer Albatross, the pedal-powered aircraft a cyclist-pilot flew across the English Channel in June 1979. Three decades later, McNay is leading an effort to write aviation history again. More

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