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Adventurer plans to be 1st to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an electric plane
Daily Mail
The Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Chip Yates. The first three are aviation pioneers and American heroes, the other is a 42-year-old Californian engineer who only got his pilot's license one year ago. Regardless, Yates believes his revolutionary design will allow him to soar into their illustrious company as he attempts to become the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in an electric plane.
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Fighter pilot taking off for astronaut training
SoMdNews
Nicole Mann was about eight when she changed her first tire and started bleeding brakes in her father's garage. "He would always tell me to put some elbow grease into it," Mann said. "We call him the wizard because he just knows everything." Mann, now 35, took the advice to heart. And while she's spent her life in awe of her dad, others are now in awe of her accomplishments.
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Air-Mods Flight and Service Center in New Jersey services airplanes
The Times of Trenton
Dave Mathiesen and Lisa Campbell first met because their daughters had become best friends. They soon found they shared another passion: Aviation. From those shared interests have grown a business that has become a one-stop shop for pilots, Air-Mods Flight and Service Center at the Trenton-Robbinsville Airport on Sharon Road in Robbinsville, N.J. It has led to a shared life as well: Mathiesen and Campbell, who are engaged, co-own the company, which offers a broad range of aircraft services, from airplane repairs to flight instruction to all ages.
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Eye in the sky: Alabama deputies getting tactical flight training
The Birmingham News
A group of seven Etowah County, Ala., deputies are taking to the air, as part of a new training program. The Tactical Flight Officer program is getting deputies familiar with the interior of the department's helicopter, as well as giving them the ability to help pilots with aerial operations.
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Group hopes to help aviation biofuels move beyond pilot stage
Chicago Tribune
The aviation industry has proved in tests that it can fly airplanes safely and efficiently on fuels made from cornhusks or algae or many sources other than crude oil. But adoption of so-called biofuels to fly jets will ultimately come down to economics.
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Maintenance for dummies
by: Paul Engstrom, Aviation Writer and IFA Member
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. This is understandable, given mechanics' enviable knowledge and skills set — truly, they are the unsung heroes of aviation — and the fact that "winging it" has no place in safe flying. However, letting grease monkeys have all the fun on the ground is, quite frankly, a short-sighted view of the bigger picture.
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IFA Pilot Quiz — Aircraft Names
I Fly America
Many pilots like to give their aircraft names. Try your hand at identifying the aircraft to which these names were attached. Caution: Many of the possible answers are fiction and the event or person associated with them never existed.

1. Lucky Lady II
     a. Stinson bought by Lindbergh after Spirit of St. Louis was given to the Smithsonian
     b. Lockheed Electra flown by Amelia Earhart on last flight
     c. B-50 that flew around the world nonstop

2. Sunkist Lady
     a. Aeronca Chief flown by two pilots who stayed aloft for 1,008 hours and 1 minute
     b. DC-2, first commercial airliner on flights Miami/Havana
     c. Sikorsky Flying Boat, first plane of Pan American Airlines

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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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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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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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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Nebraska pilot uses wreckage to 'reverse engineer' unique plane
Grant Tribune Sentinel
The old saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" certainly applies in this case — just ask local pilot Bob Bounds. Bounds, who is a lifelong plane fanatic, acquired a wreck and turned it into something beautiful that can be flown and treasured. The quest to "reverse engineer" the plane he calls a "Bearcoupe" began seven years ago and used pretty much all of his spare time.
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Military aircraft will soar and twirl at Missouri fair
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fair St. Louis organizers say this show will be exciting, even without the Blue Angels, which have been grounded by federal budget cuts. Here are some of the military aircraft that will fly over the St. Louis, Mo., fairgrounds.
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North Dakota aircraft mechanics school to receive $25,000 donation
Los Angeles Times via The Burbank Leader
Recently spared from closure, the popular aircraft mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport will receive a $25,000 donation to establish a scholarship fund for low-income students. The University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation will present the donation during ceremonies at Clay Lacy Aviation, which is near the North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation Center in Los Angeles.
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