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FAA finalizes policy on blocking aircraft tracking
FAA published its "final policy" regarding the procedures for aircraft owners and operators to ask the FAA to limit the dissemination of their Aircraft Situation Display to Industry data. This data can be used to show an aircraft's track in real time on websites such as FlightAware. NBAA had raised objections to the practice of releasing the data, citing concerns over security and competition.
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A stunt pilot's view on Disney's Planes
This Disney animation is strictly for kids. It's a David and Goliath story, in which a humble cropduster named Dusty goes up against the world's fastest racing planes in a round-the-world race. There's no such competition in reality: the logistics would be impossible, and racing planes aren't designed to fly long distances.
Why your helicopter seat feels like a brick
By Mark Huber
NASA is planning to drop-test a surplus Marine Corps CH-46 helicopter on Aug. 28 with the goal of gleaning new data on rotorcraft crashworthiness and seat belt design. The hulk will be rigged with 40 cameras, numerous sensors and 13 crash dummies. The test is part of NASA's Rotary Wing Project, and the study promises to shed more light on occupant survivability and one day could lead to helicopter interiors that are not only safer, but also more comfortable.
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Perhaps one of the most common forms of turbulence we experience is called thermal turbulence. This is the turbulence that we feel during the midday when we're flying near the surface during late spring, summer and early fall and is usually not protected by AIRMET Tango. For more information click here.
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IFA pilot quiz — where and when
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The first three questions about weather will be easy for pilots to answer, so to make this quiz a bit more challenging the next questions delve into your knowledge of where and when in aviation.
1. What effect does high humidity have on your takeoff roll?
a. It will be longer
2. What percentage of oxygen needed by the human body is in the atmosphere at 18,000 feet?
b. It will be shorter
c. No effect
a. 72 percent
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. 50 percent
c. 39 percent
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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.
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.
FAA proposes checks for thousands of GA engines
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 cylinder assemblies would have to be replaced.
Easton airport: 'Aviation gateway to the Eastern Shore'
Easton Star Democrat
Easton Airport has seen its glory days, and perhaps more recently, a few less than glory days, but the organization still is self-sustaining and that's more than you can say for many of the small airports in the United States.
Airport Manager Mike Henry told of the airport's history, triumphs and struggles during a luncheon sponsored by the Historical Society of Talbot County, Md.
Fill 'er up, flyboy: Sky-high refueling, from biplane to B-2
If you were to have gazed up into the skies above San Diego's Rockwell Field on a late August day in 1923, you'd have seen aviation history in the making.
On August 27 and 28 of that year, Army Air Service pilots Lowell Smith and John Richter, flying in a DeHavilland DH-4 biplane, were engaged in an endurance flight that ended up lasting 37 hours, 15 minutes, a world record at that time.
Pilot talks laser pointer incident
Steven French was arrested for shining a laser in the direction of a Lexington Police helicopter.
Sgt. Scott May was in the cockpit at the time and was shocked to hear that what he thought was just a laser pointer was actually attached to a loaded 9mm pistol.
"When you combine the two elements of laser and gun, it's quite alarming to us," said May.
Video released from the Federal Aviation Authority shows what happens when a laser is pointed into the cockpit of an aircraft.
Fast vehicles delight crowds at all altitudes
Whether it was in the air or on the ground, there was plenty of flying to see at the Coles County Memorial Airport in Mattoon, Ill.
The airport's annual air show featured not only the traditional aerobatic acts but grounded vehicles that traveled about as fast as the planes.
Viewers had their choice of enjoying the "smoke and noise" of acts such as Cliff Robison's biplane or the "more creative" jet-powered school bus and doghouse that made up Paul Stender's routine.
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Oregon pilot gives people a taste of the old days
Mike Carpentiero lives in the 21st century, but most weekends, he commutes to 1929.
The 49-year-old Jefferson, Ore., man marks himself among the last American barnstormers, traveling the country like the pilots of the 1920s, offering local residents a taste of the sky.
Unlike the old-time barnstormers, who earned their moniker by convincing local farmers to turn a field into a temporary airstrip, Carpentiero works out of airports.
Cool, greener air getting pumped into planes at airport
Take a deep breath next time you board a plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Chances are, the air will be cleaner.
For most of the jet age, passenger cabins have been cooled by the plane’s own auxiliary-power engine, which burns jet fuel while the plane is serviced at the gate. Or a portable diesel generator was wheeled alongside.
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