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Cessna's Independence plant sends 10,000th plane
The Associated Press via San Francisco Gate
Cessna Aircraft's Independence plant has delivered the 10,000th single-engine airplane built at the plant since the first delivery in June 1996. The company says the milestone plane, a Cessna Skyhawk, was delivered recently to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, along with two other Cessna Skyhawks. The Wichita Eagle reports that the airplane has a custom paint job noting the milestone.
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Addressing the media's unreasonable fear of flying
By Ryan Clark
USA Today recently ran a three-part series of articles that delved into the issue of general aviation safety. The author, Thomas Frank, claimed that general aviation is inherently dangerous and unsafe. Shortly thereafter, the general aviation community responded in fury, denouncing the article as sensationalism at best, and all-out fiction at worst. In the end, the incident only served to prove how the aviation community — whether pilot, manufacturer or mechanic — needs to unify and address the media's long-standing and unnecessary aviation phobia.
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Video: Armchair flying — Denali by Sonex
AVweb
Since it's a holiday here in the U.S., here's a video with no news in it at all, but just some beauty shots of flying above the mountains of Alaska, mostly above Denali National Park and the Yukon, in a Sonex. Pilot Aaron Knight posted this online a few days ago, and says it came from "14.5 hours of HD handheld and wingcam video condensed down to 5.5 minutes of Epic Insanity and a perfect film score."
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Accident report — Failure of pilot to maintain VMC, results in fatal crash — Cessna 421C
I Fly America
About 1445 Eastern Standard Time, a Cessna 421C crashed shortly after takeoff from the Space Center Executive Airport, Titusville, Florida, while on a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed and the airline transport-rated pilot, commercial pilot-rated left front seat passenger, and one rear seat passenger were fatally injured. The flight originated about 5 minutes earlier.
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IFA pilot quiz — Aviation 1sts
I Fly America
Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic but there are many others firsts that are not so well known. Test your knowledge of aviation history with these ten questions. Warning: The questions are tough.

1. The first west-to-east flight was from Los Angeles to Jacksonville and took four months to complete. In what year was it made?
    a. 1906
    b. 1912
    c. 1914
2. Wilbur Wright made the first airplane flight that lasted longer than 30 minutes. He made it in what year?
    a. 1905
    b. 1907
    c. 1908
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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A heart to heart chat about blood pressure
By Charlie Spence, aviation writer and IFA member
The heart and eyes are two of the most important elements of a flight physical. If you have problems — or think you might have problems — with either, don't become discouraged. Remember, the FAA wants you to keep flying so long as you are not a danger to yourself or to the general public. Blood pressure is one key, not only for your heart but also for your eyes because it can damage the small blood vessels in the retina.
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Addressing the media's unreasonable fear of flying
By Ryan Clark
USA Today recently ran a three-part series of articles that delved into the issue of general aviation safety. The author, Thomas Frank, claimed that general aviation is inherently dangerous and unsafe...

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Diesel engines emerging as new tech for future of GA aircraft
PR Newswire via Aviation Pros
With several major aircraft and engine manufacturers recently announcing the development of new diesel aircraft engines, the general aviation industry in the U.S. appears to be entering a...

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The murky world of avgas prices
AVweb
According to author Paul Bertorelli: If I were to break down the quest for an unleaded avgas into seasons, I think we're in the long, hot summer phase. From here until two years from now, progress may be like watching...

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Airmotive takes flight
Brainerd Dispatch
Something is happening at Minnesota's Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport that hasn't taken place in 33 years. Airmotive Enterprises, the fixed base operator at the airport, last sold a Piper plane in 1981. Then the airport's plane sales stopped. This year, Airmotive is back in the business of selling planes and is expanding its flight school as part of its business rejuvenation.
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Ride-sharing site Flytenow will take FAA to court
FLYING
In the wake of an FAA ruling prohibiting the exchange of money through airplane ride-sharing websites, startup Flytenow has tweaked its business model to make all online flight arrangements free. In the meantime, the company plans to challenge the FAA's interpretation of the regulations in a Washington, D.C., district court. The FAA issued letters to Flytenow and another ride-sharing site, AirPooler, telling both that their businesses run afoul of federal rules restricting commercial flight operations.
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Meet the woman who flies stunt planes for a living
Cambridge News
Lauren Richardson had a good commute to work. There was no traffic to contend with and the weather, puffy white clouds and a big blue sky, offered good conditions for a swift half-hour journey. Her feet hardly touched the ground. In fact her feet were a few thousand feet above the ground, tucked into the cockpit of the Pitts Special S1-S she flew to work. Yes, flew.
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Team aims to fly 300 mph on batteries
AVweb
Electroflight, a team of British glider builders, recently announced it has teamed up with Williams Advanced Engineering to build a single-seat airplane that will set a new speed record for electric aircraft of 300 mph. Team Electroflight has built a mock-up of its design, and said it will be powered by a "unique contra-rotating electric propulsion system." Williams is affiliated with the Williams Martini Formula One car-racing team, which is developing technology to compete in a new fully electric car-racing series, called Formula E, that is set to debut this month.
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This rare photo shows most sensitive part of a combat aircraft
Foxtrotalpha
It look like something Doc Brown would be working on in his garage, but it is absolutely one of the most essential and sensitive technologies found on many military and some civilian aircraft today: The Ring Laser Gyroscope. Introduced in the mid 1960s and developed rapidly from then on, the Ring Laser Gyroscope has taken the place of many larger and more complex mechanical gyroscope systems.
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