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Rekindling the romance of aviation
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Jay Hopkins writes: The most important human factor in aviation is the pilot, and there has been considerable discussion in the aviation media about the decrease in the number of student pilots and the general lack of interest in aviation, especially among young people. Various factors have been discussed, including the increase in the cost of flying, the lack of new general aviation airplane designs and the added complexity of the airspace. While these may have some impact, I don't think they address the real problem. More

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Climbing into thin air — Dangers of density altitude
By: Tom Hoffmann
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
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There is a thief among us! Without warning, it can sneak into your airplane and rob you of precious lift, thrust and power. And, if you're not careful, it can quickly put you in a deadly spot during your next flight.

The culprit here is not something particularly obvious, nor is it something pilots who routinely fly at or near sea level are used to dealing with. But ask any high-altitude mountain flyer, and that pilot will be sure to offer firsthand accounts of the invisible danger that lurks in the long, hot days of summer — density altitude.

Pilot quiz
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As pilots, we focus on flight time for everything from flight planning and fuel requirements to currency of experience and engine overhauls. Have some fun and see how well you can judge the flight times of these historic events.

1. The Wright Brothers made five flights, alternating as pilots, on December 14, 1903. What was the longest?
a. 120 feet in 12 seconds
b. 317 feet in 29 seconds
c. 852 feet in 59 seconds

2. The first round-trip flight between two large cities was made in 1910. Which cities and how long was flying time?
a. New York/Philadelphia/New York; 3 hours 34 minutes
b. Cincinnati/Columbus/Cincinnati; 4 hours 19 minutes
c. Chicago/St Louis/Chicago; 6 hours 12 minutes

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

House passes Pilot's Bill of Rights
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The Pilot's Bill of Rights has been approved by the House of Representatives and is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and a CFI with more than 10,000 flight hours, introduced the bill, which is designed to remedy some of the "serious deficiencies" between general aviation and the FAA. "This is the biggest news for general aviation pilots in recent years," said Inhofe. "I am grateful that the House has seen the merits of the Pilot's Bill of Rights ..." More

Report: Federal air safety program falling short
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VideoBriefA safety program that encourages air traffic controllers to voluntarily disclose their mistakes in exchange for amnesty from punishment needs significant improvement before it can work effectively, according to a report released. The program has been FAA's primary answer to the problem of controller errors that bring planes dangerously close together. More

US flight schools still unknowingly training terrorists?
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More than a decade after the Sept. 11, terror attacks claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans, some foreign flight students are still not subject to terror database screening until after they've completed pilot training, according to a new report from the government's watchdog. "Thus, foreign nationals obtaining flight training with the intent to do harm, such as three of the pilots and leaders of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, could have already obtained the training needed to operate an aircraft before they received any type of vetting," says report, published by the Government Accountability Office. More

Plane carrying 4 lands safely on California freeway; aircraft moved to off-ramp to relieve traffic
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When his single-engine plane ran out of gas, 48-year-old Ken Gheysar did the first thing that popped into his head: He landed on a Southern California freeway. Luckily, it was almost midnight on a Sunday and traffic was light on the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 in Escondido, north of San Diego. The seasoned pilot said he guided his 1968 Piper down as soon as he spotted an opening. His wife and two cousins did not breathe a word while he focused on what needed to be done. More

Amelia Earhart mystery: Expedition comes home with more questions
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The fate of famed aviator Amelia Earhart remains a mystery. The latest expedition failed to find the wreckage of the plane she was flying when she went missing 75 years ago. Earhart, born 115 years ago, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were lost on their July 2, 1937, flight from New Guinea to Howland Island in the central Pacific Ocean. Earhart was trying to become the first woman to fly around the planet. More

Student pilots share a common dream
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They are five people, four men and a woman, from different places, with different backgrounds and life experiences, but all share a common dream — to earn their wings as the next generation of America's military pilots. All five have one thing in common — none said they were superstitious about being a member of Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 13-13. More

Does your airline pilot know how to escape from a stall?
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These days, there's a good reason fear of flying is classified as a phobia: Fatal airline accidents are exceedingly rare. They could be made rarer. When planes do crash, the No. 1 cause is pilot loss of control. From 2001 to 2010, 1,756 people died in 20 such disasters. About half of these accidents involved aerodynamic stall, which is when the wings become so sharply angled into the wind that they no longer generate lift and the plane becomes dead weight. More

GOP Rep. Mica: FAA air traffic control error reporting system needs improvement
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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said that the Federal Aviation Administration's error reporting system for air traffic controllers was too lenient. Citing a audit conducted by the Department of Transportation's inspector general, Mica said the FAA's program to allow air traffic controllers to report mistakes without recuperations was not effective in reducing errors. More

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