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American firm debuts 1st airplane to run on natural gas
Grist
Aviat Aircraft has introduced the first airplane able to run on both standard aviation fuel and compressed natural gas. The airplane is the first to fly on CNG, opening the door to use a cheaper and cleaner alternative to gasoline. Alternative fuels have been a pressing issue in general aviation, with many small airplanes still burning low-lead fuel, something the car industry phased out decades ago.
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Veteran pilot consults and adds authenticity to Disney's 'Planes'
CNN
Although aviation enthusiasts tend to appreciate authenticity, attention to detail and accuracy, let's remind ourselves that Disney's "Planes" is a fantasy movie about planes that talk. With that in mind, when it comes to the aircraft, does the movie bear any resemblance to reality? Well, yes, according to Sean Bautista, a veteran pilot who consulted on the film.
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Changing the game: Groups work to encourage more women in aviation
Sheboygan Press
When Samara Hull wrote a paper for school about her goal of becoming a pilot, the two guys in her class who also want to be pilots were not expecting to hear that she already had experience in the air. The fresh faced 18-year-old from Colby, Wis., is working on her recreational pilot license, and the guys were jealous. Young women like Hull are increasingly looking to aviation as a career, although their numbers remain only a small part of the aviation community.
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Experienced New Jersey pilot lands plane with no landing gear
Newark Star-Ledger
A small plane touched down safely without landing gear at the Essex County Airport in New Jersey, police said. The Fairfield, N.J., police received a notification from the airport that a twin Cessna 402 had landed safely without the gear deployed, said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. Both passengers, who had been working for an engineering firm in New York, were unharmed, Manna said. The pilot was an experienced pilot from Georgia who had flown in the military.
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H2-Oh! — How water and heat create haze, humidity and hurricanes
I Fly America
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
What comes to mind when you think of water? Chances are good that it conjures up images of something like a placid lake, or memories of how good a glass of fresh water can taste when you are really tired and thirsty. Now think about heat — an especially appealing idea as we collectively emerge from the dark and dreary cold of winter. As with placid water, the notion of heat's soothing warmth conveys calm and cozy comfort. Now put them together. Oops. Different story.

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IFA pilot quiz — Aviation firsts
I Fly America
Many firsts stand out in the memories of pilots — the first solo, first cross-country flight and first passenger. How many of these firsts can you identify?

1. Even without a pilot's license, who was able to fly, carry passengers and give flight instruction because he did it before a license was required in the U.S.?
    a. Eddie Rickenbacker
    b. Charles Lindberg
    c. Wiley Post
2. In 1931, who made the fourth around-the-world flight by aircraft?
    a. Wiley Post and Harold Getty
    b. Charles and Anne Lindbergh
    c. Jimmy Doolittle and Roger Williams
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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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 at Central Texas Flight Training.

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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.


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1st open source airplane could cost just $15,000
WIRED
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 and easy to fly.

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In the market for a small plane? Enthusiasts weigh in on hobby's price tag
WPR-FM
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) annual fly-in is underway in Oshkosh, Wis. Thousands of small planes are parked on the grounds, proof that flying has remained somewhat affordable over the years. But it all depends on how much pilots want to spend. One of the first slick pavilions inside the EAA gates belongs to Piper Aircraft. "I'd say the top-of-the-line aircraft is $2.2 million, approximately," says Jacqueline Carlon, Piper's director of marketing and communication. "Then probably the entry-level aircraft is about $329,000."
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Flying is a family affair for the Andersons
Culpeper Star Exponent
Ever since childhood, Darien Anderson wanted to learn how to fly — a dream he didn't truly believe was attainable — until a few years ago. After he and his wife, Melissa, opened the Mt. Run Bowling Center in downtown Culpeper, Va., with the help of their two sons, Zac and Brad, Anderson decided during a visit to the Culpeper County AirFest in October of 2009 that it was finally time to go for it.
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20 GTCC Aviation Program graduates hired at TIMCO
WFMY-TV
Twenty students graduating from Guilford Technical Community College's (GTCC) Aviation Systems Technology Program have started work at TIMCO Aviation Services. Andy Halsey, vice president of Human Resources at TIMCO, said in a statement, "This is one of the largest groups of graduates we have hired from GTCC at one time. We always prefer to hire from our local community, and GTCC continues to be a great partner to help us fill the need we have for highly skilled employees."
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Aircraft with water-cooled diesel engine unveiled
TMJ-TV
Engineered Propulsion System Inc., is creating a lightweight, water-cooled, diesel engine for general aviation that it hopes will have a big impact in the world of aviation. The engine uses jet fuel that is available internationally, as opposed to the more traditional heavily-leaded fuel, making it ideal for the environmentally-minded or those located outside of the U.S.
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Gorgeous photos of flying cars and vintage warbirds from Wisconsin air show
Business Insider
Each year aviators, enthusiasts, and spectators from more than 60 countries flock to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., to attend the "world's greatest aviation celebration." The week-long 2013 EAA AirVenture is in full swing, and the displays have been eye-popping.
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General aviation key for South Dakota
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Daniel W. Noteboom said: My family's business, Noteboom Implement, sells John Deere equipment to farmers, which means I am continuously traveling between our four locations in Corsica, Chamberlain, Parkston and Platte, along with Sioux Falls, S.D., where many of the business services that I rely on are located. Fortunately, all four locations are close to community airports, allowing me to reach all of them in a single day with my own airplane — something that would be impossible by car.
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