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1st open source airplane could cost just $15,000
There's an open source airplane being developed in Canada, and now its designers are looking to double down on the digital trends, turning to crowd-sourced funding to finish the project. The goal of Maker Plane is to develop a small, two-seat airplane that qualifies as a light sport aircraft and is affordable, safe and easy to fly. But unlike other home-built aircraft, where companies or individuals charge for their plans or kits, Maker Plane will give its design away for free.
Fight against federal fees lead by Wisconsin air show
The Associated Press via The Fresno Bee
For the first time, the federal government is charging one of the nation's largest air shows in Wisconsin with an air traffic control fee. The fee amounts to about $45 for each of the 10,000 planes flying in.
The federal action has angered pilots and aviation enthusiasts who say air shows have been disproportionately hurt by the automatic federal budget cuts that went into effect earlier. The pilots argue they already pay air traffic control fees through a fuel tax.
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Can I (legally) use my iPad?
I Fly America
by: Susan Parson
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
Since acquiring my Apple iPad last summer and stocking it with an ever-evolving suite of aviation apps, this amazing and, yes, magical device has become my favorite tool for 21st century flight planning, flight management and flight monitoring. Every pilot who sees its capabilities seems to want one, but the first question I usually get — even before the obligatory exchange of best app tips — concerns the legalities of using an iPad during flight.
IFA pilot quiz — Biggest and best
I Fly America
Biggest, best, fastest, first — all adjectives that are used by pilots all the time. Test yourself to see how many of these you can answer correctly.
1. What was the most widely used twin-engine transport in the Pacific Theater during WWII?
2. What was the most produced U.S. light bomber during WWII?
- a. Cessna Bamboo Bomber
- b. Martin 404
- c. C-46
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
- a. Douglas A-20
- b. Martin A-26
- c. Boeing B-1
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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 fight in Washington over budget cuts flew into San Diego.
'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."
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 heads to the Senate, where passage is expected. The bill gives FAA until 2015 to rework the certification process.
An uplifting experience for Minnesota youth
Everyone dreams of flying, but four Canby High School students and their instructor, from Canby, Minn., found a way to make it a reality.
"I happened to get a phone call from Build-a-Plane in March," said Canby High School aviation teacher Dan Lutgen. "We were one of 27 high schools in 20 states invited to participate in the contest."
The contest was sponsored by Glasair, a firm that manufactures and sells owner-built airplane kits.
School helps dreams take flight
Killeen Daily Herald
Michael McQuiston is learning to fly through clouds.
"With a private pilot's license, I cannot fly through clouds. I have to stay 500 feet below clouds, 1,000 above and 2,000 feet horizontally," said McQuiston, 33, of Temple, Texas.
He received his private pilot's license after five months of instruction at Central Texas Flight Training. Now, he's learning all the instruments on the airplane's dashboard to make sure he can rely on them while flying in blurred conditions.
OSHA to require flight department hazmat training
Flight departments will have a new federal regulation to contend with regarding hazardous materials. New regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandate the training of thousands of flight department employees by Dec. 1 to educate them on how to identify and protect themselves from hazardous chemicals used in the workplace. The Hazard Communication Standard will be fully implemented in 2016.
Medical flight crews training at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical crews who typically fly over the South Carolina skies have been grounded at a Spartanburg College, taking turns facing a grisly scenario. Two-person crews from Spartanburg, Greenville, Anderson, Charleston, Florence and Augusta, Ga., have been training at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine's Carolinas Campus.
The three-day event is meant to prepare them for rare but potentially deadly accidents, officials said.
Pilot's book looks at air safety improvements
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As details emerge from the investigation into what went wrong aboard Asiana Flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport, killing three passengers and injuring scores more, some travelers may find themselves thinking twice about boarding their next flight.
But Patrick Smith, a commercial pilot who writes a blog called Ask the Pilot, says not to worry.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there are 30,000 flights a day in the United States.
"And at the end of every year," Smith said, "the number of mishaps can be counted on one hand."
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Plane lands safely after bird strike
A 757 airplane landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after a bird strike.
Delta said flight 2206 destined for Norfolk, Va., returned to the airport after it encountered birds shortly after taking off in Atlanta.
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