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FAA advises pilots to protect rights
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Under the recently passed Pilot's Bill of Rights, airmen under investigation by the FAA have the right to request air traffic data such as recordings from control towers and flight service stations, and the FAA said it has posted information and links online to facilitate that process. Since air traffic data are stored for only short periods — usually about 5 to 45 days — it's important for airmen to submit their request "expeditiously," the FAA said. The FAA website provides details and an email address that airmen can use to make the request. More

Did economics and politics cut the heart out of personal aviation?
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During the 1970s, there were instances in which single-engine airplanes were given away to flight training students lucky enough to have had their names drawn from a hat. The sponsoring organizations used the airplanes to encourage prospective pilots to begin flight training. The math was pretty simple: give away a $20,000 airplane and get several thousand student pilots to spend hundreds of dollars each to take flying lessons. If 10-20 percent of those students earned their pilots' licenses, a similar percentage of that group would, in all likelihood, become aircraft buyers. That's how it worked. More

NTSB faults pilots after fatal midair collision over Colorado
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A federal investigation into a midair collision between two Cessnas over Longmont, Colo., on March 23 concluded that the accident occurred because the pilots of both planes failed to keep adequate lookout for other planes. The NTSB report details radar data that tracked each plane until their dots converged. "Neither pilot was receiving air traffic control advisories at the time of the collision," according to the NTSB report. More

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Congress seeks to tighten rules for alien flight students
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In the wake of a Government Accountability Office report showing that foreign flight students can be cleared for flying lessons earlier than they would be cleared to fly commercially on U.S. airlines, the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee has filed a bill to close a loophole in the Alien Flight Student Program. H.R. 6159, known as the "Flight School Security Act of 2012," would require all persons seeking flight training to be checked against the terrorist watch list before they receive training. More

Survey shows costs limit flying
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An MIT student's grad school thesis confirms that cost is a major factor in the decline of general aviation activity. It has also revealed something that hasn't shown up in other studies but may be related to economics. In her research, Kamala Shetty, who wrote the thesis as part of her quest for a Masters of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT's International Center for Air Transportation, found that people feel they don't have the time to fly. More

I can see clearly now
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According to our records, about 55 percent of civilian pilots use some form of vision correction. While most of these pilots use glasses or contact lenses, a growing number are opting for laser eye surgery. In most cases these surgeries have good outcomes, but you should be aware that they can have side effects that could create a problem for your medical certification. As the technology improves, and with proper patient selection, potential side effects have decreased in severity and occurrence rate, but they still exist. Learn more.

Corvalis TTx: Cessna's flagship single-engine enjoys a new beginning
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Cessna is on the verge of delivering its first Corvalis after it took the high-end piston single out of production nearly two years ago. The airplane is not new in name only. It incorporates a host of improvements; not the least of these is a new Garmin G2000 avionics suite. When Cessna delivers the first new Corvalis, which it hopes to do later this year, it will likely be the first airplane with the next-generation Garmin avionics installed. More

Government audit proves bird strikes on the rise
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A government audit critical of the Federal Aviation Administration's efforts to monitor birds at the nation's airports cited a five-fold increase in bird strikes over the last two decades, from 1,770 reported in 1990 to 9,840 reported last year, due in part to growing bird populations. The strikes have led to at least 24 deaths and 235 injuries in the United States since 1988. The report said the FAA's oversight and enforcement efforts were insufficient. More

Pilot quiz: Aviation numbers
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Aviation is an activity of numbers — airspeed, altitude, flight legs, minutes and so on. Some of these a pilot needs to know and some are just interesting facts about flying.

1. How many different tests does the FAA give for various licenses, ratings and activities?
  1. Fewer than 15
  2. Fewer than 50
  3. More than 80
2. How many questions are there in the longest test: Military Competency Instructor?
  1. 125
  2. 85
  3. 60
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Bearhawk LSA debuts
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Bearhawk designer Bob Barrows — who designed the four-place Bearhawk and the two-place Bearhawk Patrol — has turned his attention to his next creation, the Bearhawk Light-Sport Aircraft. Even though the new Bearhawk LSA looks similar to the Bearhawk Patrol, it is really a clean sheet design, said company officials, who added the LSA sport an all-new airfoil designed, in part, by Harry Riblett. More

Air-traffic control upgrade on track, FAA says
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A $2.4 billion replacement of U.S. air-traffic control computers that's been plagued by delays and cost overruns will be completed within its revised budget and 2014 deadline, said Michael Huerta, acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration. The project called En Route Automation Modernization is supposed to almost double the number of planes air-traffic control centers can track simultaneously. It forms the heart of NextGen, the long-term, $40 billion effort to transform the U.S. air-traffic system to one based on satellite technology from one relying on radar. More

Wonderful World of Flying now available online
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Aviation Media, Inc., producer of the Wonderful World of Flying series of aviation videos, will make the entire library of Wonderful World of Flying content available via streaming over the Internet on a subscription basis. Subscribers to the new service will be able to access all the Wonderful World of Flying programs any time on computer, as well as iPhone, iPad and Android devices. More

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