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NTSB hosting general aviation search and rescue forum
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The National Transportation Safety Board will host a public forum July 17-18 about general aviation search and rescue operations, examining federal regulations and procedures used in them, as well as emerging technologies that apply. The event will be webcast. Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman and all five board members, along with government and industry panelists, will participate, according to the board's announcement. More

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A blinding flash
FAA Safety Briefing via IFA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You are enjoying the beauty and peace of a night flight. Suddenly, something catches your eye — literally. You are briefly aware of a blinding green light. Then, it seems as if you were punched in the eye. You instinctively close your eyes and try to avoid moving the flight controls in any way. The light subsides and, shaken, you land at the closest airport.

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FAA regulations a bottleneck to planemakers
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One of the biggest issues facing aircraft manufacturers is the need to streamline the government's certification process, industry leaders say. The volume of aviation products in development and the types and complexity of products are on the rise, and everyone feels the pressure to keep up — to stay competitive — said Walter Desrosier, vice president of engineering and maintenance for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. More

Next-gen engine data analysis platform available free
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SavvyAnalysis.com, the new free-of-charge, Web-based, next-generation platform for analyzing piston aircraft engine monitor data, is now open for use by the general aviation community. The platform accepts data files from all popular makes and models of digital engine monitors and provides numerous advanced charting capabilities never before available. More

Piper Cubs' return draws pilots, spectators to Lompoc, Calif.
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No one brags about how fast or fancy their chrome yellow plane is because everyone's ride is the same. Piper Cub pilots from coast to coast have been flying into California's Lompoc Airport for 28 years for the camaraderie, the stories and to reunite with their new and old friends. The annual West Coast Cub Fly-In is the nation's longest-standing Piper Cub gathering. More

Agency: 1 plane was climbing before midair crash in Colorado
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The 72-year-old pilot involved in a fatal mid-air collision over Longmont, Colo., on March 23 was slowly climbing her plane toward the other plane's elevation before the two aircraft collided, according to a report the National Transportation Safety Board released June 29. The report does not list the cause of the aviation accident. It only provides factual findings from the investigation. More

Shallow approach, poor landing
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This July 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. The pilot of a Piper Lance plane, who was attempting to land in Sedona, Ariz., said he flew the approach at a shallow angle, which caused him to lose sight of the runway lights during the landing flare. More

Solar Impulse lands in Spain, completes 1st over-water flight
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After a flight that was particularly challenging from a tactical standpoint, the Solar Impulse aircraft landed at Spain's Madrid-Barajas International airport in the early-morning hours Saturday. The flight completed the airplanes' first over-water flight, which was considered something of a dress-rehearsal for an around-the-world attempt planned for 2014. More

Does flight simulation prepare pilots for flying a real plane?
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Now that you've flown your Cessna from Cape Cod, Mass., all the way down to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 150 times on Microsoft FSX, will those long hours help prepare you to fly a real aircraft? It depends on who you ask. More

Cessna's new Corvalis TTx
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When Cessna put production of its Corvalis single-engine speedster on hiatus two years ago following a delamination event of a wing structure, the company clearly had its work cut out for it. It not only had to fix its production processes, something the company says it has successfully done, but the other big job was to update the Corvalis, including adding the latest and greatest avionics, which it has accomplished with the addition of the Garmin G2000 touch-controlled avionics suite. In addition, Cessna gave the TTx a new interior, planned FIKI ice protection and a number of custom paint options. More

A tale of 2 flight schools
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Flight schools — like many private buyers — are hyperfocused on, "What does an aircraft cost to operate?" Busy flight schools operating at high volume simply must track how all the pennies add up. General Aviation News asked U.S. Aviation's Scott Severen for additional info. While much of aviation has been down in the dumps, this Texas operation has been growing rapidly. Everybody is else down. They're up. How to explain? Could it be the company's willingness to embrace change? More

   
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