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House passes Small Aircraft Revitalization Act 411-0
A bill that would speed the adoption of new certification standards for light aircraft is on a fast track itself after the House passed the measure by a vote of 411-0. The bill now heads to the Senate, where quick passage is also expected.
Authored by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., the bill would give the FAA until the end of 2015 to rework the certification process for light airplanes.
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Cirrus Aircraft reacts to passing of small aircraft bill aimed to boost jobs
According to Cirrus Aircraft President and Chief Operations Officer Patrick Waddick, the bill opens the door for companies to invest into new, state of the art products, and would be a win–win for both customers and the region.
"What that means is more employment, better economics for the regions and locales where companies are located. It's good for growth, and it's good for everybody," said Waddick.
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Column: We need more female pilots
History is full of bold and charismatic aviatrixes: Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic; Bessie Coleman, the first African-American to earn a pilot's license; Elinor Smith, the "Flying Flapper of Freeport," who in 1928, at the age of 17, became the first and only pilot to fly under New York City's four East River bridges, a stunt she did on a dare. To name just a few.
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'As the Hangar Door Shuts' — by Brooks Margolien
I Fly America
In a Cessna single engine boardroom a long, long time ago...
"Well, gentleman, we have great airplanes, people love our planes, the 205 can haul its own weight in cargo, but we just don't build anything like the Bonanza or the Comanche, and it bothers me. Our sales team wants something new, our dealers want something new, our pilots want something new — what can we do!"
Someone blurts out from the rear, "Let's build a low wing." "Blasphemy!" says the director.
"Let's throw retracts on the 205; we'll pick up 20 knots!" Eyes open wide. And, since you can see the landing gear out the window, no pilot will ever land with the wheels up!
"Done!" says the director, "Build me one in 90 days."
Some days later, the first 210 must have bellied in.
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The Terrible T's: Turbulence, Thunderstorms & Tornadoes
by: James Williams
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
Whether or not you are a parent, you have no doubt witnessed some toddler's force-of-nature temper tantrum. It's actually quite amazing to see how quickly a sweet little person can spin into a stomping, shrieking, swirling mass of destructive energy.
Mother Nature is capable of a similar metamorphosis, shifting from serene to stormy in surprisingly short order. Though her fury mimics the "Terrible Twos," Mother Nature's version takes the form of the Terrible Ts: turbulence, thunderstorms and tornadoes. All three can unleash enormous amounts of destructive energy that is perilous for pilots and their planes.
IFA pilot quiz — First, biggest, best
I Fly America
Aviation has many firsts, biggest, and bests. How many of these can you answer?
1. What is the altitude record for gas balloons?
a. 28,412 meters
2. What is the record for distance flown by a helicopter without landing?
b. 31,682 meters
c. 34,668 meters
a. 854.82 kilometers
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. 1,412.4 kilometers
c. 3,561.55 kilometers
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The past and future of northland aviation meet at festival
This helicopter is part of a celebration of a century of Twin Ports, Minn., aviation.
The chopper is helping recreate the Lark of Duluth festival that took place here a hundred years ago.
"It's a remake of the original one in 1913. That festival lasted six weeks." said Tom Betts. The original Lark of Duluth was a 1913 Benoist flying boat.
FAA to increase US pilot training in wake of Asiana
Los Angeles Times
Under political pressure to act in the wake of the San Francisco jet crash, federal authorities announced they will enact new aviation safety rules, including a requirement for increased training of U.S. pilots. While the new rules would apply only to pilots on U.S. passenger and cargo airlines, a group of lawmakers sought to call attention to aviation safety.
House panel sends bill on small airplane certification requirements to full House
The Wichita Eagle
The Small Airplane Revitalization Act reached a major milestone when it was unanimously passed out of the House Transportation Infrastructure Committee.
It now goes to the full House for consideration. The bill calls for the FAA to reorganize certification requirements to streamline the approval of safety advancements.
Despite profits, air show pays the price
U-T San Diego
The Marine Corps released figures showing that the Miramar Air Show makes an annual profit of about $1.5 million, giving fuel to critics who question whether the Pentagon should have grounded military flights for the show.
The political dogfight in Washington about sequestration budget cuts flew into San Diego when the Pentagon denied a waiver for the Miramar show, citing costs and fairness in enforcing its current policy against military aerial demonstrations.
Delta Air Lines to hire 300 pilots
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Delta Air Lines plans to hire 300 pilots, according to the company's officials.
This will make it the first pilot hiring since 2010 for the Atlanta-based airline, noted the Atlantic Journal-Constitution. Company officials believe they can add 50 pilots per month until early 2014; following that, the airline will continue to hire at about 20 per month.
'Experimental' aircraft owners focused on safety following scrutiny
While looking for ways to cut down the cost of building his Van's RV-12 airplane, Lyle Forsegren picked up an old Lycoming engine from a junked Cessna 152 at a salvage yard.
But putting a dated and heavier engine into a plane designed for a modern engine requires some experimental retrofits.
Forsegren, 76, who lives in the town of Fisk, Wis., said he knows the risks involved with deviating from an airplane kit's instructions and parts, and he considers himself a test pilot the moment he gets in a home-built plane for the first time.
FAA pilot, aircraft information at risk, watchdog warns
Lax security controls could allow hackers to access personal information in the records of hundreds of thousands of pilots in the FAA's aircraft and airmen registry databases, says a new audit report by the U.S. Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG).
The audit also reveals incomplete information in thousands of pilot and aircraft registration records.
Along with putting pilots' personal information at risk, the OIG says the deficiencies could hinder accident investigations and pilot security screenings required under the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.
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Every second counts for the AirCare crew
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Ten-year-old Luke Smith lay motionless with a crushed pelvis, his head pinned between the wheel and fender of the ATV he was riding only moments before.
That was how his grandfather found him that day in 2011, at his home in Sontag, Miss.
Luke was initially taken to King's Daughters Hospital in Brookhaven, Miss., but with the severity of his injuries it was deemed necessary for him to be medically evacuated to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for a higher level of care.
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