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Veteran pilots: Stricter FAA rules for pilot training won't improve safety
Chicago Tribune via AviationPros
Tougher commercial pilot training rules that took effect will make America's skies safer, federal officials say, but aviation experts and veteran pilots argue that the costly changes are overreaching, off-target and creating crew shortages, all while doing little to improve safety.
The changes, which affect regional carriers and increase the minimum flight time required to be a copilot from 250 to 1,500 hours, came in response to a 2009 plane crash in Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people.
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MAG receives FAA certification to do advance maintenance, customization
An aviation maintenance and customization company that opened near Hagerstown Regional Airport in Maryland just over a year ago has received FAA certification that will allow it to pursue more work and hire more employees, according to the firm's president.
The certification is MAG's "ticket on the bus," and "gets us legitimately moving forward," said Ed Pears, president of MAG Inc.'s U.S. operations in Philadelphia and north of Hagerstown, Md.
New air vehicle on the horizon
PRNewswire via Aviation Pros
Ever wish you could travel in a flying car? Things are looking up! Popular Science Magazine has chosen a project which could actually build one.
The Vaero Dynamics Inc. vertical electric vehicle is a Popular Science #CrowdGrant Challenge finalist. Vaero Dynamics is now receiving donations to help fund this patented VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft.
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All-you-can-fly airline plies the California coast
The New York Times
Meticulous, well-thought-out plans may be for some people, but not Wade Eyerly. At 16, he walked into the registrar's office at the University of Central Missouri, not knowing he was supposed to have applied for admission. He walked out with a schedule of classes.
This all helps to explain why Eyerly, while projecting a Ferris Bueller-like certainty that everything will always work out in the end, eschewed graduate school at Stanford to start an airline.
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Thunderstorms, pilots, AFSS and ATC
by: Michael Lenz, reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News
An airborne encounter with a thunderstorm can result in a badly shaken pilot at best or a damaged aircraft or fatal accident at worst. Most of us know better than to fly blindly into convective weather, and we successfully avoid such encounters, but enough accidents bear witness to the fact that some pilots do manage to get themselves into trouble. In the majority of those causes, the facts show that the pilot inadvertently penetrated an area of severe convective weather. We might ask ourselves, why a pilot would fly into a thunderstorm? Why didn't the pilot know there was a thunderstorm there? Why indeed?
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Thunder over Michigan at Willow Run Airport
The world-renowned Thunder Over Michigan is back at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich., with airborne thrills for the whole family.
Michigan's premier air show event has presented many high-flying and exciting acts, and this is no different as fans will be able to see the world's top civilian aerobatic pilot Sean Tucker.
Brothers rebuild aerobatics biplane to enjoy 'real flying'
Grand Forks Herald
Jarrod and Paul Lindemann have sewn, painted and tuned up a tie to their family's past that they hope will take them into an extreme flying future.
The brothers, owners of North Valley Aircraft, rebuilt a Pitts Special S-2B stunt flying plane from the nose of the propeller cap to the back of the rudder.
Mason Aviation Day a chance for aircraft ride
Lansing State Journal
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 55 will host Michigan's Mason Aviation Day.
Helicopter rides, airplane rides and open cockpit biplane rides will be available at various costs. The opportunity to take to the sky will depend on weather conditions.
Many home-built, antique, war-bird and general aviation aircraft are expected throughout the day, along with a variety of displays and exhibits.
Upgrades to increase airport's importance to Ohio
Improvements in the past 10 years have elevated the economic importance of the Richard Downing Airport in Coshocton county, Ohio.
A new terminal building in 2003 and expansion of the runway to 5,001 feet from 4,100 feet completed in 2010 have increased traffic from about 12,500 aircraft per year to about 18,000 aircraft in 2012.
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General aviation on the upswing in Tennessee
One of the region's biggest economic drivers will take center stage with all of its business flying in.
Up to 150 private planes are expected to be parked on the airfield at Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Tennessee where NASCAR drivers and crew members, in addition to race fans, will be shuttled to Bristol Motor Speedway for the heralded night race.
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