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Changes to flight training in the works
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Pilots and future pilots might find new and different approaches to studying and testing for certificates and ratings if recommendations from a panel are adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration. Over the past several years, the aviation training community has raised concerns that the FAA has not kept up with training methods and technology. The training community has faulted the FAA for what they called piecemeal changes and often unilateral efforts to revise standards, training materials and testing methodologies. More

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Defeating dehydration
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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. Learn more.

Pilot quiz
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1. When may a pilot place "DVRSN" in the remarks section of a flight plan?
a. When route will be Direct VOR System Navigation.
b. Only if requesting priority handling as result of diversion for reason beyond control of pilot.
c. When pilot wants ATC to divert route in event of weather problems.

2. When flying from low pressure to high pressure area, the altimeter will read:
a. Lower than actual altitude.
b. Actual altitude.
c. Higher than actual altitude.

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

GA depreciation legislation introduced in US House
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Tucked into a bill to extend the research and development tax credit is a provision introduced by Rep. Sander Levin, D-N.Y., that would extend depreciation of general aviation aircraft to seven years, as opposed to the current five-year period. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Democrats said, "The proposal would change the recovery period for business jets to that of commercial jets. There is no reason that jets used for different purposes ... should have different class lives." More

Low altitude cited in plane crash
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Flying at a higher altitude might have prevented a northern Saskatchewan plane crash that killed five people last summer, says the Transportation Safety Board. The airplane was flying too low for the pilot to recover from a midair "aerodynamic stall" that is typically caused by a plane flying too slow to maintain its lift, which is the force that holds the craft in the air, said the safety board in the investigation report. More

Pilot posts self-induced off-airport landing video
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VideoBrief"Complacency has no place in soaring" are the words Larry Hockensmith uses to open a brief description of a video that ends with him crashing a Schweizer 1-26 into a row of mailboxes and a few trash cans. They are also to the point. Hockensmith, a student glider pilot and 40-year licensed power pilot, posted the video to YouTube with a simple message. "I was trained better than to have lingered on the lee-side of a ridge over rough terrain," he writes. He says he has shared the video with his instructor, the FAA and the NTSB and those interactions have helped grow his skills. More

Investigators: Plane banked, slowed before crash
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Investigators say a vintage biplane that crashed and killed the pilot in south-central Colorado last year began to slow down and bank before striking some trees and crashing. The report summarizes the investigator's factual findings but does not establish the cause of the crash. More

8 great aviation apps
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You've torn open the packaging and pulled out your shiny new Apple iPad (or maybe it is an Android tablet). Powering the unit on for the first time, the image on the screen is just as stunningly rendered as you imagined. You stare into the glow of the capacitive LCD touchscreen and eagerly navigate to the App Store, where you type in the word aviation. At your fingertips, quite literally, results for more than 1,500 apps materialize. Now what? You haven't a clue of where to begin. More

Homebuilts take to the sky en masse
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Twelve homebuilt aircraft flying in formation. Team RV was started in 2002 as a team of pilots of six of RV kit aircraft from Van's Aircraft. Over the last decade, the team has expanded to 12 members, making it the largest formation flying team in the world. More

Teen pilot aiming for record on cross-Canada solo flight
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VideoBriefAn Ontario teenager has conquered about 3,500 kilometers of what he hopes will be a record-setting solo flight across Canada. Matthew Gougeon, 16, hopes to become the youngest person to fly an amphibious aircraft solo from coast to coast. More

Garmin's new ADS-B products and a fresh take on digital radar
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Heading into the AirVenture product intro season, Garmin appears bullish on GA sales prospects and will show a pair of new ADS-B products along with a new digital radar. In addition, Garmin is also introducing upgrades for its GTN line of panel navigators. Although the requirement for ADS-B is eight years off, Garmin is introducing the GDL88, what it calls a dual-link ADS-B that delivers both FIS-B weather and advanced traffic capabilities that will fit into the emerging ADS-B rules. More

Flying Car moves into Phase 2 of flight tests
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Terrafugia's prototype street-legal aircraft, the Transition, has moved into Phase 2 of its six planned phases of flight-testing, said company officials. Phase 2 flight tests are a precursor to the start of documented ASTM compliance flights and focus on aircraft performance envelope expansion, airspeed system calibration, control surface effectiveness and power-on and power-off stalls, company officials noted. Drive testing of the Transition prototype is proceeding concurrent with flight-testing, officials add. More

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