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Pilots' deadly private-plane crashes prompt US call for basics
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The last fatal airline crash killed 50 people when a Colgan Air flight slammed into a neighborhood near Buffalo, N.Y., in February 2009. Private-plane wrecks since then have killed 30 times as many. The crash rate on private-pilot flights — up 20 percent since 2000 — contrasts with a roughly 85 percent drop in accidents on commercial jetliners. Many accidents have resulted from pilots' inattention to basics, according to research by a group created by industry and the federal government last year. More

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Pilot's Bill of Rights blocked in Senate
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U.S. Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla., took to the Senate floor June 14 to ask for passage of his Pilots Bill of Rights legislation. The effort, however was blocked by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and ranking member Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. More

The mystery of the missing plane
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Where is Michael Bratlie and the plane he was flying to Duluth, Minn.? The mystery is intensifying as another day of searching for the missing Lakeville pilot is underway. Air and water searches since he disappeared have turned up nothing. Civil Air Patrol pilots have been unable to spot any sign of the twin engine Piper PA-31 Navajo. Authorities have no choice but to assume the worst, that the plane has crashed somewhere. How can planes disappear like this? Easy. There's no real requirement that their movement be tracked. More

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Headaches can be a pain in the neck
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The International Civil Aviation Organization, in its medical publications, warns that some headaches can materially affect decision-making. Sometimes they reduce the ability to properly read instruments; sometimes a headache can produce scotoma (a dimming of vision or blind spot), making it difficult to determine height above the ground resulting in landing problems; sometimes double vision can be present. These major problems usually relate to migraine or cluster headaches. However, even a mild headache can detract a pilot's attention from flight duties. Learn more.

Pilot quiz
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1. How long may a pilot operate at cabin pressure altitudes between 12,500 and 14,000 ft. (MSL) without supplemental oxygen?
a. Never
b. 15 minutes
c. 30 minutes

2. What happened on Nov. 1, 1973, affecting holders of free balloon certificates or holders of rotorcraft, lighter-than-air, helicopter and autogiro ratings without associated class ratings?
a. They had to get new photo IDs.
b. Their certificates became obsolete and no longer valid.
c. They had to take written exams on new regulations.

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

New technology for ice-repellent wings
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A research team from Harvard University has developed a treatment for metal surfaces that will keep them free of ice and frost, the Harvard Gazette reported. The researchers' new technology, called Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surfaces, uses nanostructures to create an ultra-smooth, slippery surface. The results indicate SLIPS is promising for use in aviation. Aircraft icing was a factor in 388 general aviation accidents between 1990 and 2000. Airframe icing has been on the NTSB's "most wanted" list of safety improvements since 1997. More

The new avionics revolution
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The idea behind avionics is that they should do what we want them to do without causing undo hassle or requiring too much attention on our part, attention we should be giving to flying the airplane. When it comes to technology, "complicated" is bad. We're finally getting that lesson in aviation. More

June is 'General Aviation Appreciation Month' in Washington state
Washington State Dept. of Transportation via Avionics Intelligence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
General aviation — from recreational to business to emergency medical flying — recently got a boost, when Gov. Chris Gregoire declared June "General Aviation Appreciation Month" in the state of Washington. The proclamation highlights how general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing and other aviation activities contribute to Washington's economic health and vitality. More

Small plane crashes on Cessna Drive in Erie, Colo., after clipping house
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VideoBriefA small plane clipped the roof of a house and crashed onto Cessna Drive immediately after taking off from Erie, Colo., Municipal Airport, leaving the flight-instructor pilot unharmed and his student passenger with minor injuries. The plane, a 2007 Evektor-Aerotechnik Sportstar Plus model with a four-cycle engine, suffered major damage to its wings, nose and engine. The tail was broken in half. The cockpit was not damaged, but the plane itself was totaled. More

E-Volo presses ahead with 16-prop multicopter
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E-Volo, the company that performed the first flight of an all-electric, 16-propeller multicopter last October, is pressing forward with the development of commercial versions of the craft and giving the public a glimpse into just what those variants might look like. Over the next two years, the company says it hopes to develop a regulation complying two-seat "volocopter" that weighs less than 100 pounds, can go faster than 54 knots, fly for at least an hour and reach an altitude of at least 6,500 feet. More

Introducing Audio Environment: General aviation edition
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Flight1 and Turbine Sound Studio have released Audio Environment: General Aviation Edition for FSX. This product enables simmers to add custom-made stereo sound replacements for the default GA aircraft. The product offers better ground vehicle and general environment audio. More

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