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NTSB: Cockpit weather displays could mislead private pilots
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Weather imagery that private pilots see on cockpit displays — advertised as "real time" data by some firms — could be up to 20 minutes old, giving pilots a dangerously false sense of existing conditions, federal safety officials warned. While pilots generally know that weather information is five minutes old, the actual age can be much older. More

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What to do for a flight review
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You have probably seen it, or perhaps even experienced it yourself: pilot and certificated flight instructor check the clock, spend exactly one hour reviewing Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 91 operating rules, and then head out for a quick pass through the basic maneuvers generally known as "air work." The pilot departs with a fresh flight review endorsement and, on the basis of the minimum two hours required in 14 CFR section 61.56, can legally operate for the next two years. This kind of flight review may be adequate for some pilots, but for others — especially those who do not fly on a regular basis — it is not. Learn more.

NTSB announces forum to improve general aviation search and rescue
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The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it will hold a forum focused on general aviation search and rescue operations July 17-18. The forum will concentrate on examining the regulations, policies, and procedures at a Federal level and serve as a platform to facilitate dialogue between search organizations, technology manufacturers, and industry groups on the issues currently impacting the general aviation community. More

Skin cancer rates among pilots double rates in non-pilot counterparts
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VideoBriefDr. Glen Bowen with the Huntsman Cancer Institute explained that "in a Nordic study of over 10,000 pilots, their risk of skin skin cancer compared to a control population — namely, people who are not pilots — is double, more than double." We already know altitude plays a major role in skin cancer. So if pilots fly hundreds of hours at a higher altitude where UV rays from the sun are even higher in concentration, are they more vulnerable? More

Florida hopes to fill its skies with unmanned aircraft
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From large to small, the number of such unmanned aircraft systems — popularly called "drones" — is expected to surge as the federal government works to open civilian airspace to them by 2015. Florida officials hope to position the state as a hub for this fast-growing industry by becoming a test site. The agency's board is trying to win designation as one of six test ranges across the country. The test sites hope to show that unmanned drones can fly safely alongside piloted aircraft in different terrain and weather conditions. More

Pentastar develops iPad EFB yoke-mount bracket
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Pentastar Aviation has developed an articulating yoke mount for business jets and other general aviation cockpits that accommodates the Apple iPad electronic flight bag. The first production units should be available for installations in July, pending Supplemental Type Certificate approval by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. More

NTSB report: Delayed pre-landing check leads to forced landing
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In June 2010, a Cessna 401 was returning from a three-hour aerial mapping mission and was lined up for a straight-in, five-mile final approach for landing. About three miles out on final approach, and prior to performing the before-landing check, both engines stopped producing power, one almost immediately after the other. More

USDA posts video guide to reporting bird strikes
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the release of a new video to help aviators identify the cause of bird strikes. "Strikes, Snarge and Safety" has been posted on YouTube by the USDA's Wildlife Services Airport Wildlife Hazard Program in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History. The 12-minute video presents step-by-step instructions about how to collect and submit samples, along with a strike report, following a bird-aircraft collision. More

Human powered helicopter vies for new world record
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VideoBriefGamera II, a giant human-powered helicopter developed by students at the University of Maryland's Clark School, has been vying this week for both new world records and the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize. On June 21, the team made an unofficial 40-second human powered flight, shattering the group's previous 11.4-second record set with a flight of the Gamera I last July. Editor's note: the video includes a link to a 50-second flight, though it is not mentioned in the article. More

Nanotube paint reveals plane wing strain
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A new type of paint made with carbon nanotubes can help detect strain in buildings, bridges and airplanes. The Rice University scientists call their mixture "strain paint" and are hopeful it can help detect deformations in structures like airplane wings. Their study details a composite coating they invented that could be read by a handheld infrared spectrometer. More

Fuel-saving throttle control for Cirrus introduced
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Tamarack Aerospace has received FAA STC approval for its new throttle quadrant upgrade for the Cirrus SR-20 and SR-22. The installation separates the single Cirrus "power lever" into two levers: One for throttle and the other to control propeller pitch. A third lever, for mixture control is included. Flight testing with the improved system revealed a significant decrease in operational costs. More

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