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Solar-powered plane lands in Washington, DC after 'pit stop' in Ohio
NBC News
The Swiss-made Solar Impulse plane made a smooth landing in Washington, D.C., leaving just one more solar-powered hop to go in its cross-continent odyssey. The 208-foot-wide aircraft set down at Dulles International Airport with Solar Impulse chairman Bertrand Piccard at the controls.
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FAA pushes tighter review of aircraft designs
Bloomberg via Chicago Daily Herald
U.S. regulators want to tighten oversight of aircraft-industry suppliers, such as the subcontractors that helped Boeing design and build the 787's batteries, to reflect lessons learned from the plane's grounding. The Federal Aviation Administration also plans to seek the guidance of specialists outside the aviation industry to help with certification of new aircraft designs, Associate Administrator Margaret Gilligan said at a hearing before a House transportation panel.
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New aircraft rental service launched
AVweb
There's a new way to rent an airplane at six airports across the U.S. and the founders of OpenAirplane hope it will modernize and rationalize the way people rent aircraft. The online service puts renters and aircraft owners together with an eBay twist. "Both pilots and operators contribute to a reputation system, creating first of its kind transparency for the community," said OpenAirplane spokesman Rod Rakic.
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As the hangar door shuts — Pre-purchase inspection
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According to author Brooks Margolien, "I always thought the enemy of fixing an airplane was interruption, which is why a cell phone is so dangerous around a maintenance shop. However, last fall I learned the granddaddy of interruption is the giant vibratory steam roller used to roll out the new ramp, in this case it was the original dirt, then the crushed stone and finally the asphalt. Day after day the shakes ran through the shop until I couldn't take it anymore. I came in late and left early."
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Registration maintenance — Keeping your registration address up to date
FAA Aviation News via I Fly America
Just what is it that keeps your aircraft flying, providing the pleasure of flight or earning its keep? Someone new to aviation might explain the speed of the air over the wings creating lift. Someone that's been around a bit longer may respond, "money and more money." The old timers around the field might chalk it up to dedicated maintenance of both the aircraft and piloting skills.

All three are correct, but could there be something other than maintenance of piloting skills, and money? Think about it. Need some help? Here's a clue. We're with the government. Yeah! You've got it. It's the paperwork. You cannot legally operate an aircraft, unless it is properly registered, airworthy and carrying the required certificates.

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IFA pilot quiz — Historic aviation events
I Fly America
Test your knowledge of these historic aviation events and also see if you can determine what connects all these questions.
    1. What was the first city to call a field facility for flight an "airport?"
    • a. Atlantic City, N.J.
    • b. Dayton, Ohio
    • c. Mineola, N.Y.

    2. The first coast-to-coast air passenger service in the U.S. began in 1929, with just two passengers completing the entire trip and involving three companies. Name the three companies.
    • a. American, Transcontinental and Eastern Airlines
    • b. Transcontinental, Western and Eastern Airlines
    • c. Transcontinental Airlines and Pennsylvania and Santa Fe Railroads

    Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Company touts new lightweight silicone rubber
RubberNews.com
A new lightweight silicone can save weight in seals and other aircraft parts. Icon Polymer Group claims its ICONlite silicone rubber offers weight reductions of about 20 percent compared with standard silicone rubbers. Despite its low specific gravity, it maintains the useful mechanical and chemical properties of silicones, according to the company.

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Squadron honors pilots with flyover at Deer Valley Airport
The Arizona Republic
Four planes flew over Deer Valley Airport in north Phoenix to honor four pilots who died after two small planes collided mid-air. The missing-man formation flyover was in memory of Paul Brownwell and Basil Onuferko of TransPac Aviation Academy and Margie Long and Carl Prince of Hot Air Expeditions, who died when a Cessna and Piper collided east of Lake Pleasant.

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Connecticut Senate passes bill saying Wright brothers no longer 1st to fly
New York Daily News
The Wright brothers may be history. Textbooks across the country could soon be stripping the famed aviation duo from their pages to put in a new name for the honor of first in flight: Gustave Whitehead. The Connecticut Senate passed a bill after determining Orville and Wilbur Wright were not first in flight.

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West Desert Airpark Fly-in flies high with fun
Daily Herald
Light sport pilots drew cheers from the crowd in Fairfield, Utah, as they flew their acrobatic planes into barrel-rolls, loops and hammerheads at the West Desert Airpark Fly-in. Propeller-popping helium balloons that had been released from the ground, slicing through toilet paper streamers and flour-bombing ground targets showcased the pilots' skills and planes' maneuverability.
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North Central Institute teaching perfection for flight
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
When you are seated on an airplane of any size and staring out the window as the plane taxis to the runway to depart, do you ever wonder when the last time the oil was changed, or whether the electronics and hydraulics were inspected, or is the landing gear fully operational? About the checklist above, North Central Institute in Clarksville, Tenn., educates and trains the maintenance technicians who do all that work.
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Operation Migration aircraft adusts to FAA regulations
Wisconsin State Journal
To continue its mission guiding whooping cranes from Wisconsin to Florida, Operation Migration is working to replace its three ultralight aircraft in order to comply with Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Following an investigation, the FAA discovered that the Canada-based conservation nonprofit, which every fall uses the small planes to lead the endangered birds from marshes in Wisconsin to wintering grounds in Florida, had been compensating their pilots for their migration trips, in violation of federal regulations for ultralights.
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Wisconsin's plane repair tax may send work flying away
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The sales tax on parts and labor for maintenance of privately owned aircraft in Wisconsin is sending potential customers flying off to other states where such work is tax exempt, hindering job growth here, aviation and business interests say. Efforts to exempt the aircraft work from sales taxes date back at least six years, but the issue surfaced again when the Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee again considered a sales tax exemption for the work.
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Stalemate in quest to save Point of the Mountain
KSL-TV
People who use the Point of the Mountain in Draper, Utah, as a recreational haven for paragliding and hang gliding have reached a stalemate with state and local officials. It's a fight to use some of the best wind in the world. Geneva Rock owns and mines the land and they have the rights and the permits. What the paragliders and hang gliders want is for the land to remain untouched.
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