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Pilot's rights
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The ability for pilots to defend themselves during enforcement actions just got a little stronger after President Barack Obama signed Sen. Jim Inhofe's, R-Okla., Pilot's Bill of Rights (S.1335) into law on Aug. 3. The House passed the bill, which had been co-sponsored by nearly two-thirds of the Senate, in late July. Senate passage came in June. Inhofe, a pilot with more than 10,000 hours of flight time, said after the signing: "This is a great day for general aviation." More

Why pilots are fighting the NTSB over the use of emergency beacons
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The Federal Aviation Administration has required private planes to carry a 121.5 MHz beacon for 40 years. The 121.5 emergency locator transmitter used to be connected to a satellite that alerted search-and-rescue crews about a possible crash. But the federal government shut the satellite down in 2009. The National Transportation Safety Board now wants the FAA to mandate general aviation planes to carry a better beacon called the 406 MHz. Within seconds, it can send GPS coordinates to the Rescue Coordination Center. But only 17 percent of the nation's private planes use the 406 ELT. More

Competitive and affordable aircraft financing available
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The IFA Aircraft Finance Program is offered through a leading aircraft financing company that specializes in financing for general aviation and business aircraft nationwide. The program provides fast, easy and competitive financing and refinancing for new and used aircraft, from single engine pistons to twins and light jets, including Light Sport Aircraft, from $50,000 up to over $5 million in value. Learn more and receive a no-obligation quote!

Aircraft loan considerations
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Aircraft financing typically draws comparison to voodoo magic at a committee level — some group of bankers in the back of an office sitting around a table diving through the credit report and financials amidst discussions about their golf game. This couldn't be further from the truth. An aircraft loan is typically a hybrid of the underwriting used for an auto loan and a home loan. Aircraft loan underwriting has the speed of an auto loan (typically 1-2 business days), but requires income verification such as with a home mortgage. Beyond the underwriting, there are a number of elements that impact the rates and terms available for a particular aircraft loan. Learn more.

Pilot quiz: Historic aviation events
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1. What was the first city to call a field facility for flight an "airport?"
a. Atlantic City, N.J.
b. Dayton, Ohio
c. Mineola, N.Y.

2. The first coast-to-coast air passenger service in the U.S. began in 1929, with just two passengers completing the entire trip and involving three companies. Name the three companies.
a. American, Transcontinental, and Eastern Airlines
b. Transcontinental, Western, and Eastern Airlines
c. Transcontinental Airlines and Pennsylvania and Santa Fe Railroads

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

The future of avgas: GA associations call on FAA to fund avgas replacement efforts
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A coalition of leading U.S. general aviation associations recently called on the Federal Aviation Administration to support additional funding for research into a feasible drop-in replacement for leaded aviation fuel. The letter, signed by the leaders of five general aviation advocacy groups, followed an earlier meeting between industry representatives and FAA officials to discuss the results of a UAT ARC final report on possible replacements for 100LL avgas. That report included recommendations on how to expedite development and deployment of an alternative fuel for the existing piston-engine aircraft fleet by 2018. More

SAFE's mobile proficient pilot training?
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The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators arranged and presented a pilot proficiency project that created a new approach to training that may ultimately be coming to a forum near you. The project offers forums and simulator training sessions that specifically target key areas of flight safety. Examples include sessions on controlled flight into terrain, glass panels, angle of attack awareness and more. More

Why taildraggers?
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There is no denying that tricycle-gear airplanes are the way to go if you're looking for an easy airplane to take off and land. The center of gravity of tailwheel airplanes is located aft of the main landing gear, so tailwheel-equipped airplanes have a tendency to want to trade ends if the pilot isn't skilled enough to maintain a straight path during the takeoff and landing phases of flight. And to add to the challenge, tailwheels are more difficult to steer. More

Piper Aircraft celebrates 75 years
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As Piper Aircraft of Vero Beach, Fla., celebrates its 75th anniversary, the company is flying high. Famous the world over and considered one of the "Big Three" of general aviation airplane manufacturers, the company has entered a growth phase that will ensure a bright future. More

NY senator wants tighter laser laws
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New York Sen. Chuck Schumer wants tougher regulations to prevent pilots from seeing red and particularly green lasers in the cockpit. The Democrat says he's written government regulators asking them to tighten up regulations on the sale of laser devices, which are sold primarily as pointers for people making presentations, usually indoors. There have been thousands of cases in which pilots have been intentionally targeted from the ground. More

Veterans take to the sky once again
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VideoBrief They start in wheelchairs but are soon in the clouds, soaring through the sky above Eugene, Ore., Airport. The Ageless Aviation Dream Foundation takes veterans into the air on honor rides. More

Deficit fight could force tower closures
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"Sequestration" is a jargony description for the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that are scheduled to take effect next year unless politicians work out a deal to slash the federal deficit. The FAA will be caught up in this fiscal belt-tightening, to the tune of more than $1 billion that would immediately be slashed from its budget. If that happens, analysts warn, work on NextGen would grind to a standstill and scores of control towers around the country would be forced to shut down. More

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