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GA safety seminar news goes online
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As of June 1, the only way for general aviation pilots, flight instructors and mechanics to learn about and register for FAA safety seminars will be online at FAASafety.gov. The FAA will no longer send postcards. If you have not already done so, the FAA Safety Team encourages you to register online using your airman certificate number. This will permit you to take online courses, access safety articles, participate in the WINGS Program or the Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards Program and receive emails notifying you of seminars in your area. More

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Where planes go to die
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Aviation museums and other sites let us mere mortals approach the impossible. We get to see, and sometimes touch, historic artifacts that were designed to move at blazing fast speeds. For most of us, it's the closest we can come to catching a lightning bolt. Some of the most complicated and formerly top secret machines ever imagined have become monuments to motion in communities across America. CNN's Thom Patterson was recently asked which five aviation destinations he’d like to check off his bucket list.

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Maintenance for dummies
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Call it the Two Left Thumbs Syndrome. Most aircraft owners, averse to getting in over their head or screwing up big time, leave all maintenance to certified mechanics — even simple tasks that the FAA allows non-mechanics to perform.

Experts agree: aircraft owners who studiously and routinely do some basic maintenance themselves, rather than waiting for the 100-hour or annual inspection, not only might save money in the long run by averting major repairs, but also reduce the aircraft's down time, fly more safely and learn valuable information about their airplane, which makes them better able to detect and troubleshoot problems that arise during the preflight. Learn more.


PC-12 wreckage suggests in-flight breakup
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Six people were killed in the crash of a 2006 Pilatus PC-12/47 that appears to have broken up in flight June 7 some 50 miles southwest of Orlando, Fla. Early reports state that parts of the aircraft have been recovered more than two miles from the main wreckage. The aircraft was carrying four children, along with their two parents, flying at 25,000 feet en route from the Bahamas to Junction City, Kan. Five family members were found within the aircraft. The body of one of the children was found nearly half a mile away. Witnesses say they saw the airplane tumbling out of the sky. More

Door-off flight kills 2
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The day before the June 2010 accident, the pilot, who had logged about 380 hours, removed the doors of his two-seat, 65-hp Rans Coyote II S6 plane and flew it successfully. The aircraft documentation noted that with the doors removed, climb and cruise performance would be reduced. On the day of the accident, the pilot took off with a passenger. The doors were still off the airplane. More

Miami pilot dubbed 'Emerging Explorer' by National Geographic
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Before turning 29 years old, Barrington Irving became the youngest person and the first black pilot to fly around the world. Recently, he was named one of 15 National Geographic Emerging Explorers in 2012. The award recognizes pioneers in emerging fields, and sponsors them on their newest adventures. Irving, who has dedicated his time to educating young people about engineering and aviation, is going to use the benefits of the title to create the world's first virtual flying classroom. More

Airworthiness directive adopted for WACO Classic Aircraft Corporation Airplanes
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The Federal Aviation Administration is a new airworthiness directive for certain WACO Classic Aircraft Corporation Models 2T-1A, 2T-1A-1 and 2T-1A-2 airplanes. This AD requires inspection of the front and rear horizontal stabilizer spar assemblies with replacement of parts as necessary. This AD was prompted by cracking of the horizontal stabilizer spars, which could lead to failure of the horizontal spars with consequent loss of control. The FAA is issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products. More

Plane glides to landing on golf course
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Golfers on a Concord, Calif., golf course avoided a hazard from the sky after the pilot of a small plane was forced to land the aircraft on the course's practice range. No one was injured. At about 9:35 a.m. June 9, a pilot flying a single-engine aircraft landed about 50 yards short of his intended target at the nearby Buchanan Field Airport, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. Bill Sherrard, a clerk in the pro shop, said the aircraft had glided in unannounced about 50 feet above the course's practice putting green, which was packed with weekend duffers waiting to tee off. More

Propeller planes at California's Van Nuys Airport getting their place in the sun
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The downward spiral for propeller-driven aircraft may soon level off at Van Nuys Airport. The long-awaited $26.5-million VNY Propeller Park is scheduled to break ground in August, with its developer now clearing the site. Pilots will gather June 13 to celebrate the pending consolidation of piston-driven planes and businesses into a full-service aviation community. Located on the old Air National Guard site, the new prop park will act like an airport within an airport — with its own terminal, maintenance services, flight schools, restaurant, fuel station and wash rack. More

Ditching Avgas: Unleaded to Oshkosh
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The Aviation Fuel Club is urging anyone who can fly to Oshkosh, Wis., next month using unleaded autogas to do as part of an event it's calling "Unleaded to Oshkosh" to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FAA's approval of the first autogas STC. According to the club, any and all pilots who fly to AirVenture 2012 using unleaded gasoline will be given special recognition, including a prize when they register on site. Additional awards will be given for the longest distance traveled to Oshkosh on lead-free autogas, as well as the oldest/newest aircraft and smallest/largest aircraft flown using autogas. More

Pilot crashes, fixes plane, crashes again
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The same plane and pilot that made an emergency landing crashed on take-off the following day, injuring the 72-year-old pilot. William Lawson of Decatur, Mich., made an emergency landing in a Van Buren County corn field the afternoon of June 5, then went home to get tools to fix the aircraft before authorities arrived on the scene. He repaired the plane and tried to fly it out of the field a day later. More

   
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