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F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on Sept. 11
The Vancouver Sun
Late in the morning that changed everything, Lt. Heather "Lucky" Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93.
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Pilot: Panicking didn't cross my mind
WFOR-TV
Brian Haggerty, the pilot of a plane that lost power off Miami Beach, Florida, said he had just 20 seconds to prepare to land in the water. Haggerty said he was nearly done with his two hour flight towing a banner over the ocean when suddenly the plane had engine trouble.
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Ohio 8th grader was 'Pilot for a Day' for the 910th Airlift Wing
The Vindicator
Thirteen-year-old Javionte Allen of Warren, Ohio, took off from classes to be sworn in as an honorary Air Force Reserve second lieutenant and become pilot for a day for the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station.The purpose of the "Pilot for a Day" program is to reach out to the community by providing a fun-filled day of activities to children who live with a chronic or life-threatening disease or illness.
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Herbal remedies: Solution or problem?
By Paul Engstrom, aviation writer and IFA member
At least once in the course of flight training, pilots are cautioned to "expect the unexpected" and "keep an alternative in mind." If an engine conks out, an alternate airport could save lives. So could an alternate route if bad weather develops. But there's one alternative that may be bad medicine for aviators: herbal remedies, sold as treatments for everything from gastrointestinal distress to sexual dysfunction and memory loss. These nonprescription, natural substances can cause side effects or interact with mainstream drugs to produce other side effects that just don't mix with flying.
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IFA pilot quiz — Fun things to know
I Fly America
Some things about flying are just fun to know, others are necessary when taking biennial flight reviews or other tests. On your next biennial, throw some of these questions at your instructor.

1. What is the origin of the term "dead reckoning?"
    a. Straight navigation, so the compass is "dead"
    b. Deduced reckoning
    c. From term "Direction Estimates And Distance"

2. Cal Rogers was the first person to fly an airplane coast to coast. For what other first is he known?
    a. First to use a parachute
    b. First to fly a float plane
    c. First to die from bird strike

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Accident report — Bad weather, bad decision, bad flight, bad results — Beech BE-36A
I Fly America
At 1930 Eastern Standard Time, a Beech BE-36A registered to and operated by the commercial pilot, collided with terrain shortly after takeoff from the Mount Airy/Surry County Airport in Mount Airy, North Carolina. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 and instrument flight rules. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight plan was filed. The pilot and four passengers received fatal injuries, and the airplane was destroyed.
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F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on Sept. 11
The Vancouver Sun
Late in the morning that changed everything, Lt. Heather "Lucky" Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down...

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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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How important is a pilot's 1st airplane?
Air & Space Magazine
The first flight in my first logbook is dated Dec. 5, 1970, and says I had .8 hour of dual instruction at the Teterboro School of Aeronautics in New Jersey with an instructor whose name I can't remember and whose...

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Listen to a pilot with hypoxia, guided by ATC, safely land a learjet
Gizmodo
According to author Logan Booker: Commercial airliners — and other high-altitude craft — are pressurised for a reason; along with it being a fair bit colder up there, there's less oxygen for us to breathe. Above 10,000 feet, it doesn't take long for a condition known as hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, to set in, causing a range of symptoms that replicate intoxication.
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Pilot pulls off successful emergency landing
KDKA-TV
It was a rough landing for one pilot at Pennsylvania's Zelienople Municipal Airport. The plane was several minutes away from the airport when the pilot, Ross Edmondson, tried to deploy the landing gear. The instrument panel notified Edmondson and his passenger that one of the landing gears wouldn't go down.
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WWII pilot reunited with historic plane
CNN
Peter J. Goutiere was just shy of 30 years old when he piloted a Douglas C-47, the military designation of the venerable commercial DC-3, from Miami to Kolkata, India. The C-47 was the 100th to be delivered to the China National Aviation Corporation, or CNAC. It was 1944. The United States had been at war since Dec. 7, 1941.
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