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FAA reviewing 9 potential 100LL replacements
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The questions over how to replace 100LL avgas and what the impact will be on the approximately 167,000 aircraft that depend on it continue. The FAA is now in the process of reviewing nine potential replacement fuels from several companies that have submitted proposals to the government agency. The companies are Afton Chemical Company, Avgas LLC, Shell, Swift Fuels and a BP, Total and Hjelmco consortium. The FAA will now determine which of the fuels will be selected for phase-one laboratory and rig testing.
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General aviation seeing sales boost
The Associated Press via KSN-TV
Private jet sales are rising again, climbing out of a deep recession when the company plane was an easy target for spending cuts. The chief executive of General Dynamics Corp., maker of Gulfstream jets, says corporate customers are back and wealth creation is bringing out shoppers for private jets. The president of jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney says deliveries for private planes are growing after hitting bottom in 2011. The improving market has not been universal. Signs of strength have been in large-cabin planes, while sales of small and mid-sized planes stall.
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Cockpit invention promises to boost pilot spatial awareness
Air Traffic Management
An Australian pilot stands to revolutionize the global aviation industry with his world-first idea for a cockpit lighting system that could solve the problem of spatial disorientation. Spatial disorientation involves pilots being unable to detect the position of their aircraft when they have no visual reference of the horizon, such as when flying in dark or cloudy conditions. It is believed to have contributed to accidents including Air France 447.
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Returning to flight after depression
I Fly America
By Paul Engstrom, Aviation Writer and IFA Member
Perhaps the only thing more depressing than depression itself is the notion — mistaken, in most cases — that this mental condition will put a permanent end to your flying days. In fact, among ailments that rate as pilots' worst enemies, depression possibly ranks close to the bottom. Why? Aside from being one of the most common mental disorders — it afflicts up to 20 million Americans — depression is highly treatable.

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IFA pilot quiz — Biennial flight review
I Fly America
Some things about flying are just fun to know, others are necessary when taking biennial flight reviews or other tests. On your next biennial, throw some of these questions at your instructor.

1. What is the origin of the term "dead reckoning?"
    a. Straight navigation, so the compass is "dead"
    b. Deduced reckoning
    c. From term "Direction Estimates And Distance"
2. Cal Rogers was the first person to fly an airplane coast to coast. For what other first is he known?
    a. First to use parachute
    b. First to fly a float plane
    c. First to die from bird strike

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Interns take wing in Cessna program
The Wichita Globe
For Daniel Tou, it's been a bit of a dream summer. As an intern with Cessna Aircraft's Discover Flying Challenge program, he travels across the country every day in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk plane, helping other people find a...

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FAA to begin evaluation of unleaded avgas
AVweb
The FAA is about to begin the next step in its search for an unleaded general aviation fuel through the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative. The FAA announced it has received nine replacement fuel proposals from producers...

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IFA pilot quiz — The 4 Ws
I Fly America
Who, what, when and where are questions a reporter answers in news items. These questions ask some of those questions for you to answer. Like good reporting, answering these are not as easy as they might seem. Some may surprise you. Try it.

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Rising stars: 5 planes that will change aviation
FLYING
It might be a Madison Avenue cliché, but the notion that "new and improved" sells is certainly in aviation, whether you're talking about big airplanes or small ones. Buyers want more of everything, speed, range, payload, safety, comfort and efficiency, and if airplane builders can deliver on those commodities, they will sell airplanes, sometimes a lot of them. In our look at some of the most ­exciting emerging models in aviation, we include a light-sport amphibian, a rugged midsize jet from a legendary turboprop maker, a slick retractable-gear, four-place carbon fiber speedster, a utilitarian people hauler with range and comfort, and a supersonic dream ship so ambitious that it might very well remain a dream forever.
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Aviation technical services recognized as minority-owned business
Aviation Pros
Aviation Technical Services was certified and recognized as a Minority Business Enterprise with the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the 24 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. ATS becomes only one of four aerospace MBEs within the Northwest Mountain region, which represents Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
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Aircraft segments boost revenues, profits at Textron
AINonline
Second-quarter revenues at Textron Aviation, which includes Cessna and Beechcraft, climbed $623 million year-over-year, to $1.18 billion, reflecting the Beechcraft acquisition in late March and higher jet deliveries. Textron Aviation delivered 70 turbine business aircraft during the quarter–36 Cessna Citations and 34 Beechcraft Kings Airs, up from 20 jets and 14 King Air turboprops in the same period last year.
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Aviation center to promote hands-on experience and industry interactions
The Auburn Plainsman
Auburn University recently welcomed the creation of an aviation center on campus. The Auburn University Aviation Center also houses the University's flight school. Bill Hutto, Auburn University airport director, will be the director of the aviation center. According to Hutto, one goal of the center is to involve aviation students and faculty in aviation-related research throughout campus.
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