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Proficiency on a budget
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With the economic downturn and unemployment and underemployment that ensued, many Americans are enjoying less disposable income. As a result, your flying budget may not be what it was a few years ago. And meanwhile, the cost of flying has risen. We all know that staying proficient is equivalent to reducing the risks associated with flying. And nobody wants to compromise safety. So with a trimmed flying budget and higher costs, how do you stay proficient? More

No new aviation taxes — there's a better way to go
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Any conversation related to taxes is likely to be heated, and the discussion over aviation user fees is no exception. The House Committee on Small Business recently conducted a hearing titled "User Fees in the Aviation Industry: Turbulence Ahead." It was focused on the financial and regulatory impact of user fees on the aviation industry. More

Are you prepared for a travel emergency?
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Many travelers think their health insurance, homeowners insurance or even credit card will provide adequate travel insurance protection. Not so! The IFA Travel Insurance Program makes it easy for you to compare quotes and purchase travel insurance, for any type of journey, from the top U.S. insurance providers.

Before you leave on any upcoming travels, make sure that you are covered by the IFA Travel Insurance Program because there are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling.

In an emergency, you'd go to the ends of the earth for insurance services and protection — so why not already have them in place? Learn more and get an online quote.

GA Avgas Coalition applauds FAA's new fuels program
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In response to a letter from the industry members of the General Aviation Avgas Coalition urging funding for an unleaded avgas program, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the formation of a new Fuels Program Office. The office will be responsible for "providing technical expertise and strategic direction in the planning, management, and coordination of activities related to aviation fuels." More

Pilot clips bush during landing
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A Cessna 172G was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during an aborted landing at a private airstrip near Eustis, Maine. The certificated private pilot and passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight. More

NextGen requires user consensus, says NBAA's Bolen
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The FAA's NextGen air traffic control modernization program will require a consensus among all aviation segments to succeed, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said at a House aviation subcommittee hearing on the progress of NextGen initiatives. While the general aviation community is beginning "to see clear benefits from the transition to a satellite-based system with the establishment of performance based navigation," some concerns need to be addressed, Bolen said. More

Flying high: Do you have what it takes?
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No, we're not talking about Top Gun or the Right Stuff-type flying skills. We're talking about air to breathe and, more specifically, oxygen.

You know the rules: a pilot must use supplemental oxygen when flying at 12,500 feet MSL for more than 30 minutes and continuously above 14,000 feet MSL. The point is to prevent hypoxia, which can incapacitate the pilot first by impairing judgment and perception of danger and eventually by rendering the individual unconscious (or worse). Knowing these rules is sufficient to pass a knowledge test, but the real-life test requires a solid understanding of how to use supplemental oxygen equipment correctly, effectively and safely. Learn more.

LogTen Pro tapped by Flying Like the Pros
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Editor's note: This article is for informational purposes only. IFA does not endorse this product.

LogTen Pro for iPad has been chosen as the recommended electronic logbook by Flying Like The Pros for its new online GA pilot flight training program. The Flying Like the Pros training program has more than 50 individual instruction videos that focus on scenario-based training. Instruction is given by airline pilots and instructor pilots.

Ultra-lights remain attractive despite risks
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During the past 30 years, federal authorities have investigated 264 ultra-light aircraft crashes. A total of 134 people died in those crashes, records show, or slightly more than four a year. Yet more and more people are taking up the sport. More

Landing Piper Cherokee hits several planes on ground
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A pilot coming in for a landing on Sept. 14 at French Valley Airport in California lost control of his plane, which smashed into two aircraft and clipped several others on the ground. One passenger in a taxiing plane that took the initial hit suffered minor injuries. Preliminary investigation indicates the pilot of the Piper Cherokee 180 that was landing lost control after it was struck by a strong gust of wind. More

Pilot quiz: First, biggest, best
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Aviation has many firsts, biggest, and bests. How many of these can you answer?

1. What is the altitude record for gas balloons?
  1. 28,412 meters
  2. 31,682 meters
  3. 34,668 meters
2. What is the record for distance flown by a helicopter without landing?
  1. 854.82 kilometers
  2. 1,412.4 kilometers
  3. 3,561.55 kilometers
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Montana airport issue to go to voters
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Montana's Kalispell City Council had its say. Now, Kalispell voters will decide whether or not Kalispell City Airport is upgraded through the federal Airport Improvement Program. Without the upgrade, a backlog of repairs falls entirely on the city and the small general aviation airport. So would future maintenance and operational costs. More

Families enjoy thrill of Aviation Festival at Oklahoma's Max Westheimer Airport
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Sept. 15 marked the 6th Annual Aviation Festival at the University of Oklahoma's Max Westheimer Airport. The event featured a variety of airplanes and helicopters as well as youth activities, radio controlled airplanes, tours of the control tower and several participating agencies. "I come every year to help support the airport and to support general aviation," pilot Craig Parker said. More

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