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Farewell Neil Armstrong, the ultimate test pilot
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Neil Armstrong — who has died at the age of 82 — was best known as the commander of Apollo 11, but his career at NASA began nearly a decade earlier as a research test pilot. A trained aerospace engineer, Armstrong was a self-described "white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer" who worked at the cutting edge of flight test throughout the 1960s, flying everything from a hang-glider type aircraft towed behind a biplane, to a hypersonic rocket-powered airplane that flew to the edge of space. More



ARPort app tags nearby airports
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Symbolic Flight has introduced an app called ARPort, which uses GPS and the view through the iPhone's or iPad's camera to combine the outside view with the locations of the closest 20 airports within 25 nm through what the company calls "augmented reality." The app displays a tag for each airport in the viewing area and overlaps the airports that are closest. More

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The trouble with or without sequestration
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Focus in Washington has remained on possible $1 trillion across-the-board budget cuts that may be looming under a penalty known as sequestration. But equally concerning to business aviation are the negotiations that will be ongoing later this fall to avert such drastic cuts. Lawmakers are expected to look for revenue raisers to help meet debt caps, and this opens the door to user fees, extended depreciation or other proposals, business aviation advocates fear. More

Thunderstorms, pilots, AFSS and ATC
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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? Learn more.

Co-pilot talks about landing plane on Wisconsin highway
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A small plane made an emergency landing on Highway 70 W in Minocqua, Wis., the night of Aug. 24. The plane's pilot and co-pilot say the plane's engine failed, forcing them to land there. They were able to land the plane, despite numerous hazards, including power lines, trees and oncoming traffic. More

Division of Aviation reminder for pilots about the Democratic National Convention
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The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation sent a reminder for all general aviation pilots reminding them to do thorough flight planning prior to flying in and around the Charlotte area during the Democratic National Convention. The Federal Aviation Administration announced various airspace security rings that will be set up out to 35 miles around the convention site at Time Warner Cable Arena. Use of the airspace will be limited or prohibited to most aircraft operators during the DNC from September 4-6. More

Cessna: Citation Ten fastest civil aircraft in the world
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Cessna Aircraft's Citation Ten reached a maximum speed of Mach .935, or 711 mph, during a recent test flight, the company said, giving it prominence as the "fastest civil aircraft in the world." More

Pilot quiz: Aviation firsts
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We always remember our first flight, our first solo, our first passenger. What other firsts do you remember in aviation? Caution: this one is not easy.

1. The Wright Brothers made four flights that first day in 1903. How far did the longest flight travel in the air?
  1. 70 feet
  2. Just more than a half mile
  3. Just less than a quarter mile
2. In what year did the first hydroplane take off from the water, fly, and successfully land on its pontoons?
  1. 1910
  2. 1912
  3. 1914
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.


Pilot survives crash in Gulf of Mexico, calls Coast Guard for rescue
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A distressed plane went down shortly after 11 a.m. on Aug. 22, landing in the Gulf of Mexico in three feet of water about one mile west of Hernando Beach, Fla. The pilot, who was traveling alone, survived and was able to swim to a marsh and call for help, according to the Coast Guard. The Federal Aviation Administration reported that the Piper fixed-wing single-engine plane lost power before crashing. More

FAA to OK airport homes
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For those of us who have long dreamed of retiring to an airport home, there is finally some definitive action in the pipeline. Thanks to Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., a co-chairman of the House GA caucus, the FAA reauthorization bill that was passed earlier this year includes a provision requiring the FAA to honor residential-through-the-fence agreements that provide pilots with access to general aviation airport runways and taxiways from their private residential property. More

Controller received 'collision alert alarm' before crash over Warrenton, Va.
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The Transportation Safety Board of Canada released an update on their investigation into a midair collision between a Beechcraft V35B Bonanza and a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee that occurred on May 28 near Warrenton, Va. The TSB was delegated the authority to investigate the accident by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board after it was discovered employees from the NTSB and Federal Aviation Administration were involved in the accident. More

A hover bike?
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A southern California company has gained new attention after posting video clips that show manned flight testing of its proof-of-concept VTOL vehicle, which it says could lead to "personal flight as intuitive as riding a bike." The Aerofex model features a motorcycle-rider type flying position and is intended for first-responder, border patrol or field drying duties, according to the company. More

   
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