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NTSB releases preliminary aviation statistics for 2013
National Transportation Safety Board
The National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary aviation accident statistics, which show an overall decline in the number of U.S. registered civil aviation accidents. The number of civil aviation accidents fell from 1,539 in 2012 to 1,297 in 2013.
Although there has been a decrease in accidents involving scheduled Part 121 operations — commercial air transport — the first fatal accident in three years occurred. On August 14, 2013, UPS Airlines flight 1354, an Airbus A300-600, crashed on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, resulting in two fatalities of the flight crew.
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When drones attack: FAA must act soon on unmanned aircraft
By Mark Huber
This was inevitable. Recently, a drone conflicted with the operation of an EMS helicopter in Dayton, Ohio. As these unmanned aircraft proliferate, the FAA continues to struggle with how to regulate them. Localities such as New York are not waiting. When a drone crossed paths with an NYPD helicopter, the operators were promptly hunted down and arrested. The specter of every state and locality enacting its own separate drone policy is among us — many already have. We are on the precipice of complete airspace chaos unless the FAA enacts some common-sense rules — and fast.
Floatplane safety requires special attention in Alaska
Alaska Dispatch News
Floatplane safety requires special attention in Alaska. Water landings offer a danger unlike any other, especially if a landing turns into a crash. But groups that train people to escape in the event of a botched water landing are frustrated that the general aviation community isn't especially proactive about training that could save lives.
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Beware of birds and wildlife during this fall migration
By Victoria A. Brown
Reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News
A bird strike can be very dangerous and damaging to an aircraft — not to mention the bird. Wildlife or bird strikes aren't a new phenomenon. They have occurred since the beginning of flight. The first ever bird strike was recorded by Orville Wright on Sept. 7, 1905. His plane struck a bird — believed to be a red-winged blackbird — over a cornfield near Dayton, Ohio. Although bird strikes are the most common, they are not the only wildlife threat posed to aircraft. Pilots must always be cautious of ground animals like deer, rabbits, bears and even reptiles, such as alligators or turtles.
IFA pilot quiz
I Fly America
1. When may a pilot place "DVRSN" in the remarks section of a flight plan?
a. When route will be Direct VOR System Navigation.
2. When flying from low pressure to high pressure area, the altimeter will read:
b. Only if requesting priority handling as result of diversion for reason beyond control of pilot.
c. When pilot wants ATC to divert route in event of weather problems.
a. Lower than actual altitude.
b. Actual altitude.
c. Higher than actual altitude
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
Accident report — Incomplete restoration-incomplete flight — Aeronca CH-7A
I Fly America
At 1610 Eastern Standard Time, an Aeronca CH-7A was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain shortly after taking off from Mexico Farms Airport (1W3), Cumberland, Maryland. The certificated private pilot/mechanic was seriously injured, and the passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local test flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.
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16-year-old pilot celebrates birthday with 11 solo flights
Winston-Salem Journal via WGHP-TV
Many teenagers spend their 16th birthdays preparing to get their driver's license, but Wyatt Angel spent his birthday in the sky. Wyatt, of Mount Airy, North Carolina, turned 16 recently, and it was the first day he could legally do a solo flight in a powered airplane. He celebrated by flying not one, but 11 airplanes solo at the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport and three gliders at the Piedmont Soaring Society field in Farmington, a feat he hopes can get him into the record books.
Triple tree: The fly-in upgraded
General Aviation News
Aside from the 7,000-foot long, 400-foot wide pristine grass runway, the manned control tower, the granite countertops in the restrooms, and the hospitality of more than 80 volunteers, this year's Triple Tree Fly-In in Woodruff, South Carolina, offered even more upgrades.
Opinion: The pilot shortage myth
Aviation Week & Space Technology via Aviation Week
Increasingly desperate attempts by those who promote this fallacy are inevitably losing ground to the facts. The traveling public, lawmakers and government leaders know the reality: Rock-bottom pay and benefits offered by regional airlines are failing to attract pilots and pushing potential new ones to other professions.
Maryland pilot volunteers to help search for missing children
The Associated Press via WJLA-TV
A Montgomery County, Maryland, pilot has taken a search for two missing children to the skies. Commercial pilot Dennis Stiles has volunteered his time to fly over Montgomery County in the search for 2-year-old Jacob and 3-year-old Sarah Hoggle.
NASA pilot talks dream job, foundation allows WWII veterans to fly again
The Oregon International Air Show closed after three days of both reality-defying stunts in the air and moments of fascination on the ground. It's a visceral thing witnessing the breathtaking plummets and split second maneuvers being performed in the sky above your head and an entirely cerebral thing talking with pilots about their passion for flying. That passion comes out in a variety of ways.
A 1929 Ford Tri-Motor transport aircraft flies over Bartlesville, Oklahoma, during the Tulsa Regional Fly-in. The event was the final year for the popular fly-in at the Frank Phillips Field near downtown Bartlesville.
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