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FAA proposes checks for thousands of GA engines
AVweb
Up to 6,000 Continental engines with aftermarket PMA cylinders from Engine Components International could be affected by a new Airworthiness Directive proposed by the FAA. The FAA wants to require initial and repetitive inspections, with the replacement of any cracked cylinders. The entire cylinder assemblies would have to be replaced at reduced times-in-service, at a cost of about $1,700.
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The future of the aircraft industry is quiet and electric
Industry Market Trends
While the idea of electric airplane systems isn't new, it's only lately that the aviation industry has been showing some strides that may soon leap out of concept aircraft and into passenger planes. The Paris Air Show showcased several electric technologies that are nearly ready for primetime. Most of the new innovations involve electric taxiing systems that allow grounded aircraft to taxi without using their engines, saving fuel and emissions and reducing airport noise.
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Laser pointing reports surge at Washington DC airport
WRC-TV
Striking planes with laser pointers temporarily blinding pilots is nothing new, but News4's I-Team uncovered the crime has been rampant during the past few years, especially at a D.C. metro area airport. According to Federal Aviation Administration records, 2,292 laser strikes have been reported in 2013 nationwide through Aug. 1. Officials said that number is on pace to surpass last year's 3,482 reported incidents by 10 percent.
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Sky's the limit at Marlboro Airport's open house
Metrowest Daily News
Looking down from 3,500 feet at a crowd of people lined along the runway at Marlboro Airport, the first word that came to veteran skydiver Butch Crook's mind was "enjoyable." While butterflies often fill most people as they jump out of a plane, only excitement filled Crook as he sailed down toward a grassy section of the airport's runway as several onlookers followed his every move in the sky.
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Fill up on fluids
by Paul Engstrom, Aviation Writer and IFA Member
It was a hot summer day as the private pilot, drenched in sweat, flew toward home after numerous stressful landings at several airports. Suddenly, he felt disoriented and spacey, and became alarmed when he couldn't recall the number of the runway he had used hundreds of times at his home port. Only after this pilot was safely on the ground did he pinpoint the culprit: dehydration.
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IFA pilot quiz — Airport call letters
I Fly America
Airport call letters are often odd and have no relationship to the airport's name. Let's have some fun with them and see if the place can be identified by airport call letters alone. Warning: these are difficult and if you get many correct you either fly to many places or spend a great deal of time studying your charts.

1. You are hungry. Where will you stop to EAT?
    a. EAT Elmira, NY
    b. EAT Wenatche, WA
    c. EAT Erie, PA
2. You want a special dinner, so you land at what airport?
    a. CKV Chicken, AK
    b. DPC Deer Park, VT
    c. LTK Turkey Run, TN
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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General aviation on the upswing in Tennessee
Kingsport Times-News
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 will be shuttled.

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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 rebuilt a Pitts Special S-2B stunt flying plane from the nose to the rudder.

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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.

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Opinion: General aviation vital to a strong New Jersey
Times of Trenton
According to Don Baldwin: My career in supply chain logistics now spans more than three decades; although much of my focus has been the wooden pallet, I am still surprised to meet people who know little about this very useful and ubiquitous device. A pallet is a wooden platform that is used to store and transport unit-loads of just about anything and everything, from food products to consumer goods to raw materials and even work in progress.
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Vintage air travel photos a reminder of just how far we've come
The Huffington Post
There is something to be said for the way things used to be. The size of the lotion in your carry on bag didn't really matter and you weren't charged a fee for checking your luggage. Those certainly were the days. Air travel had a much more glamorous side to it back in the day, with everything feeling a little bit like first-class. In fact, the sleeping berths and cuisine could put some first-class sections nowadays to shame.
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Air show attendance dips, but fans still pleased
Chicago Tribune
The roar of active military fighter jets was notably absent from this year's Chicago Air & Water Show, but a reinforced lineup of civilian acts still drew hundreds of thousands of people to the lakefront each day. "It's just a great way to come down to the city and enjoy a Sunday," said Noelle Hoeh, a saleswoman from Fox Lake. "It's nice to be out on the lake and the show has been great."
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Historic and unique airplanes part of Michigan air show
AnnArbor.com
The sight of a small plane diving and twirling to the ground is unnerving to the uninformed but an exciting stunt for visitors to Thunder Over Michigan, the two-day air show at Willow Run Airport. Watching the WWII aircraft rumble by overhead felt like a visit to the past. "I love the WWII part of the air show," said Bob Galysh, who came from Cleveland. "There's nothing like the music of a round engine."
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Wheels Up brings cost of private air travel down
Forbes
As the commercial air travel experience continues to deteriorate, new attractive alternatives are springing up that are increasingly affordable, easily accessible, amazingly efficient and best of all, make travel a pleasure again instead of a debilitating, humiliating, time-wasting endeavor. Jeff Miller offers his perspective on new private air travel upstart, Wheels Up.
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