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A visit with Trade-A-Plane: Selling airplanes in the digital age
AVweb
Before there was eBay, Craigslist and Controller.com, not to mention websites for every imaginable aircraft marque, the one and only place you looked for a used airplane or obscure parts to fix one was Trade-A-Plane, the iconic yellow shopper that, for many of us, was and is a dreamsheet. Despite the onslaught of competition from the digital world, three-quarters of a century after it was founded, Trade-A-Plane is still there.
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Business aims to make it easier for pilots to rent small planes
The Wichita Eagle
A Chicago-based startup with Kansas ties aims to make renting airplanes easier for pilots and more profitable for their owners. OpenAirplane opened for business, announcing it had partnerships with six fixed-base operators and flight training schools in six cities: New York; Los Angeles; San Jose, Calif.; Detroit; Chicago; and Kissimmee, Fla.
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Pioneer pilot retires from cockpit
Tracy Press
As a girl growing up in Tracy, Calif., Jean Haley Harper always wanted to fly. Hanging out at Tracy Municipal Airport with her father intensified that desire. Through determination and a willingness to undergo aviation training, she realized her dream as one of the first women to pilot a United Airlines plane. And now Jean has retired as a United captain, ending a 35-year career with the airline.
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Choosing the right sunglasses
by Paul Engstrom, Aviation Writer and IFA Member
Few other personal items advertise "the right stuff" (be it real or imagined) as loudly as aviator sunglasses do. In the practical world of flying, however, cool-looking but inappropriate shades can definitely mean the wrong stuff from a safety standpoint. The price you pay for fashionable design could be a loss of visual acuity, distorted color and images, even blind spots — those places in your field of vision where other aircraft may be lurking, undetected.
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IFA pilot quiz — The experts speak
I Fly America
What is aviation going to be like in 10 years? Before you make a prediction, take this quiz. Some prominent people have spoken out in the past and were absolutely wrong. These quotes are from a fascinating book of errors called “The Experts Speak”. See if you can guess who made these totally inaccurate predictions.

1. “Man will not fly for 50 years.” Said in 1901 by:
     a. Henry Ford
     b. Wilbur Wright
     c. Theodore Roosevelt

2. “Airplanes will be used in sport. But they are not to be thought of as commercial carriers.” Said in 1904 by:
     a. Octave Chanute
     b. Thomas Edison
     c. Glenn Curtiss

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Like IFA on Facebook!
I Fly America
Be sure to visit I Fly America on Facebook. You will be able to read the latest news from IFA, network with other IFA members, and connect with fellow aviators by sharing your favorite aviation photos and flying destinations. Make sure to "Share" our information with your friends and remember to "Like" us.
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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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As the hangar door shuts — Pre-purchase inspection
I Fly America
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..."

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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.

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Pilot lands plane with ipad app, help of TSA agent
The Huffington Post
Moments after Raymond Cody took flight, the instrument panel in his cockpit malfunctioned and his navigation system gave out. The pilot, who was flying a single-engine plane across western Colorado to Grand Junction Regional Airport, continued to head toward his original destination, but realized he had no way of notifying airport officials.
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Boeing studying airline pilot fatigue and alertness
KING-TV
An airline cockpit can be a busy place, especially on a short flight. It can also be a boring place with long flights over oceans and hours long stretches without a lot to do. Both scenarios can make pilots tired. A ground breaking study is under way to learn how to keep pilots alert.
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Program helps people with disabilities become pilots
USA Today
Hours before takeoff, in Lafayette, Ind., Deirdre Dacey approached a small white plane parked outside a Purdue University Airport hangar to complete a preflight inspection. Dacey's hands brushed over the red-striped, two-seat Sky Arrow 600 Sport aircraft, checking components from the tightness of bolts to levels of gas and coolant fluids.
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A bigger, better electric plane is under development
Gizmag
Gizmag caught up with William Mannarn and Scott Andrew from EADCO GmbH at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, and learned that the company recently joined forces with PC Aero to start development of the latter's new twin prop, six-passenger electric airplane concept called the Elektro E6. EADCO is now busying itself designing the frame for the potentially groundbreaking craft, while PC Aero takes care of the electrical systems.
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Florida rescuers take flight in tactical operations training over intracoastal
FlaglerLive
Dana Morris pilots Fire Flight — Flagler County, Fla.'s, emergency helicopter — to what looked like an ideal landing pad next to the boat launch at Bing's Landing. A rescue swimmer runs out to the chopper and gets strapped in on its deck. The chopper takes off, making a large arc about a half mile north over the Intracoastal, with boat traffic stopped at either end of the training area as Fire Flight hovers back down above the water, 30, 40 or 50 feet high.
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