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FAA imposes user fees on airshows
AINonline
Airshows in the U.S., already reeling from widespread cancellations and significantly diminished attendance following the withdrawal of U.S. military demonstration teams, are now facing a new financial hurdle: User fees from the FAA. The Pentagon blamed the withdrawal of its popular jet demonstration teams, the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds, on cutbacks attributable to automatic federal budget sequestration. The Army also has withdrawn its Golden Knights parachute team.
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4 to 19 seater hybrid aircraft to enter commercial market by 2020
NextBigFuture.com
"Within this decade, we will certainly see hybrid electric aircraft entering the market," says Frank Anton, who heads the hybrid aircraft efforts at Siemens. Four-seat hybrid aircraft are likely within that time frame, Anton says, but even 19 seaters are possible before the decade is out. Anton predicts that eventually we will see 100-passenger hybrid aircraft that use half as much fuel as today's airplanes.
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Aviation tax changes making Indiana skies friendlier
Indianapolis Business Journal
A change in Indiana state law could make the state a friendlier stop for corporate pilots who've long avoided stopping for fuel because of high taxes. Indiana began exempting aviation fuel and maintenance and service work on planes from its 7 percent state sales tax. It has substituted a flat 10 cents-per-gallon excise tax for fuel purchases.
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Gateway Tech launching aviation manufacturing program
Milwaukee Business Journal
Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wis., will launch a new program to meet industry demand for aviation manufacturing workers. The program was developed in partnership with DeltaHawk Engines Inc. of Racine, Wis., which wants to create a pipeline of workers to fill projected openings. It's a two-semester diesel aviation manufacturing certificate program funded through a Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant that covers development of curriculum, equipment purchases and training assemblers and technicians.
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Defeating dehydration
By Frederick E. Tilton, M.D.; FAA Federal Air Surgeon
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing

Summer is prime time for flying. It is also a prime time for dehydration, given the combination of higher ambient temperatures, higher humidity and warm winds. Certain beverages (e.g., coffee, tea and soft drinks) can further increase the risk of dehydration. Since dehydration can produce headache, fatigue, cramps, sleepiness and dizziness, it can put pilots at increased risk for incidents and accidents.

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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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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.

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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.

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Vintage aircraft maker adds new product to bolster lineup
MiBiz
A Battle Creek, Mich.,niche manufacturer of vintage aircraft is proving that what is old can be new again. In a move to broaden the company's product portfolio, WACO Classic Aircraft Corp. plans to update and reintroduce a model of aircraft last produced in the 1980s.
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Solar-powered aircraft completes cross-US journey
TechHive
A one-of-a-kind solar-powered aircraft completed a two-month journey across the United States when it landed at New York's JFK Airport. The landing came several hours earlier than planned because of a tear that developed in the delicate wing of the aircraft.
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Connecticut law acknowledges new pilot 1st in flight
The Associated Press via Las Vegas Sun
A Connecticut man, not the Wright brothers, has been officially recognized as the first man in flight following the signing of a new state law. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a measure stating that Gustave Whitehead, a German-born aviator and Bridgeport, Conn., resident, flew in 1901, two years before Wilbur and Orville Wright. Whitehead's supporters say they're correcting a historical mistake.
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Florida aviator finishes 8th in cross-country air race
Ocala Star Banner
Ocala, Fla., aviator Helen Helpling and her co-pilot Sarah Morris placed eighth overall in the 2013 Air Race Classic that began in Pasco, Wash., and spanned more than 2,000 miles in four days, culminating in Fayetteville, Ark. The race was only open to female pilots.
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Aviation school owner says New York state audits driving him out of business
The Batavian
The way Bob Miller sees it, before long, if you want to learn to fly, you will need to go to Pennsylvania or Ohio because there will be no flight schools left in New York. "The state is holding all the cards on this," Miller told members of the Ways and Means Committee. Within the past year, NYS Taxation and Finance has started auditing the owners of airplanes that are used as rentals for flight school students.
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Experts: Plane design key to surviving crashes
USA Today
Aviation safety experts say passengers were able to survive the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco because of how planes have been strengthened in response to previous crashes. While wheels are designed to break away beneath a plane, the fuselage and seating have been strengthened to protect passengers, experts say.
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