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NORAD goes on GA charm offensive
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Three pilots from North American Aerospace Defense Command, the binational U.S. and Canadian military organization charged with intercepting aircraft that violate temporary flight restrictions, attended this year's AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wis., to talk face-to-face with general aviation pilots on how to avoid TFRs and what to do if they're intercepted. General aviation aircraft make up the majority of over fifteen hundred intercepts NORAD has made since the 9/11, terrorist attacks, and the command is attempting to cut down that number through outreach and education programs. More

Respecting the laws of gravity
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The Next Generation Air Transportation System may be changing the face of aviation technology, but the human body's reaction to the ever-present, accelerative force of gravity is a constant. Described in units of "G," this force causes a constant acceleration of 32 feet-per-second squared. A pilot in a steep turn may experience forces of acceleration equivalent to many times the force of gravity. This is especially true in military fighter jets and high-performance aerobatic aircraft where the acceleration forces may be as high as nine Gs. Air race pilots in a tight pylon turn also experience high G-forces, but the important thing to remember is that any aircraft operated in a maximum-performance profile will subject the pilot to acceleration that is greater than the one G acceleration encountered on the ground. Pilots need to understand this to successfully master flying. Learn more.

IT expert: Barr gives only an illusion of privacy
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"The Block Aircraft Registration Request program doesn't really provide privacy; it's just a barrier," Dustin Hoffman, president of Los Angeles-based IT engineering firm Exigent Systems, told AIN. Hoffman, who has a private pilot certificate and flies a piston single for his business, set out to prove his point at the Defcon 20 computer security conference in Las Vegas. More

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Pilot's cellphone use may have been partial cause of fatal 2011 crash
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The pilot in the fatal crash of a small plane may have set the stage for his own death by paying too much attention to his cellular phone and not enough to his flight. A Transportation Safety Board report released Monday said the crash near the airport in Fort St. John, B.C., last November could have been partly caused because the pilot wasn't concentrating on his flying. More

Be prepared for the missed approach
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The execution of a missed approach is one of the most demanding situations a pilot may encounter, short of an emergency. Appropriately, pilots practice them numerous times during initial instrument and recurrent training. But when was the last time you executed a missed approach outside of the training environment? More

Why we honor pilots each Aug. 19
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VideoBriefEvery Aug. 19, we celebrate National Aviation Day to honor the history and development of aviation. That just happens to be the birthday of one Orville Wright, who is credited as the first man to fly in a powered airplane. Orville and Wilbur Wright are considered by some to be the most influential inventors of the modern era. That first flight in 1903 led to a revolution: society as we know it wouldn't exist without aircraft. From shipping to travel to warfare, aviation changed everything. More

Pilot quiz: Aircraft names
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Many pilots like to give their craft names. Here are 10 names given to aircraft. Try your hand at identifying the aircraft to which these names were attached. Caution: many of the possible answers are fiction and the event or person associated with them never existed.

1. Lucky Lady II
    a. Stinson bought by Lindbergh after Spirit of St. Louis was given to the Smithsonian
    b. Lockheed Electra flown by Amelia Earhart on last flight
    c. B-50 that flew around the world non stop
2. Sunkist Lady
    a. Aeronca Chief flown by two pilots who stayed aloft for 1,008 hours and one minute
    b. DC-2, first commercial airliner on flights Miami/Havana
    c. Sikorsky Flying Boat, first plane of Pan American Airlines
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Potential FAA cuts would create big hassles for fliers
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A congressional slugfest over the U.S. deficit is threatening to trigger higher airfares and widespread slowdowns at the nation's airports. The Federal Aviation Administration is in the cross hairs for sequestration — with a possible $1 billion in mandatory cuts scheduled to occur as soon as January. A new study says the cuts would result in fewer air traffic controllers, customs officers and security officers. Not only would airline passengers feel the cuts, but pilots of small aircraft will see ramifications, both in safety and efficiency More

Pilot's skill credited with saving passengers in Kansas plane crash
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A plane crash north of Topeka, Kan., still has everyone involved just shaking their heads in amazement after somehow everyone on board survived. The plane is badly damaged but all three men in the plane survived following an engine failure at night. The front seat passenger was the most seriously injured with what appeared to be a broken pelvic bone. But the other two men literally walked away from the plane's wreckage. More

Earhart researchers found 'debris field'
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Researchers who combed the sea bottom off a remote Pacific island for Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra say raw video shows "manmade objects," but they are stopping short of saying the mystery of her disappearance has been solved. "It's still very early days but we have man-made objects in a debris field in the place we'd expect to find it if our theory about the airplane is correct," said Ric Gillespie, director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, in a statement. More

ASTM to hold virtual organizational meeting for GA airworthiness design standards
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ASTM International, in support of efforts stemming from the Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee, will host an organizational meeting for the establishment of a new ASTM standards activity on general aviation airworthiness design standards. The standards roadmap being proposed to ASTM International is set to address airworthiness and design requirements to accommodate GA aircraft under 19,000 pounds. The goal is to determine aspects of aircraft design that are in need of standardization, which will increase safety and simultaneously reduce the cost of certified aircraft. More

Lower costs via aircraft certification reform?
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The FAA submitted a report to Congress this week titled Aircraft Certification Process Review Reform, which could ultimately affect the cost of new aircraft, and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association has now issued a cautious but positive response. According to GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce, the report is "an important first step" toward improving the efficiency of the certification process. More

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