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Katama still beckons for fall flying
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Summer has ended but great fall flying beckons. One of America's best summer places also shines in autumn, so pilots in the Northeast will still make their way to Katama Airfield on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard. The air is now clear and cool, the tourist hordes are gone and the prices are now at least off-peak. More

Competitive and affordable aircraft financing available
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The IFA Aircraft Finance Program is offered through a leading aircraft financing company that specializes in financing for general aviation and business aircraft nationwide. The program provides fast, easy and competitive financing and refinancing for new and used aircraft, from single engine pistons to twins and light jets, including Light Sport Aircraft, from $50,000 up to over $5 million in value. Learn more and receive a no-obligation quote!

Aircraft and black holes don't mix
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As we transition from summer flying into fall and winter, one of the important considerations that general aviation pilots have to adjust to is the reduced number of daylight hours. Or to say it a different way, we all have to adjust to the increasing number of "dark hours" or the increasing number of hours of night flying late fall and winter poses. More

Self-service saves
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Today, nearly all of our nation's 110,000 gas stations offer self-service fueling. Among the 3,600 FBOs listed on AirNav, about one-third offer self-service, with its prevalence higher at airports that cater to sport aviators and smaller aircraft that do not require fueling from a truck. Self-service aviation fuel stations have many benefits. More

AD requires replacement, inspection of stabilator horn assembly for certain Piper models
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The Federal Aviation Administration has adopted a new airworthiness directive for Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA-24, PA-24-250, and PA-24-260 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks developing in the stabilator horn assembly. This AD requires replacement of the stabilator horn assembly and/or repetitive inspections of the stabilator horn assembly for corrosion or cracks, as applicable. Corrosion or cracks could lead to failure of the stabilator horn, which could cause a loss of pitch control in flight. More

Aircraft certification 101
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Chances are you have heard the term "FAA certified" many times. After all, one of FAA's key roles is certifying people, organizations and equipment to provide a safe National Airspace System. However, the word "certified" can have various meanings, depending on the context. For one, you likely remember some of the checks you went through to get your latest medical certificate. Or, you undoubtedly recall the exhilaration you experienced the day you completed your check ride and earned your pilot certificate. But, you may not be as familiar with FAA's certification of aircraft and how it affects you. Learn more.

Cessna 182 JT-A: The future of the iconic 182 smells distinctly like kerosene
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In Oshkosh, Wis., in late July, Cessna announced that it would replace its T182T turbo Skylane in favor of a model that burned jet-A. The new model, now referred to as the 182 JT-A, is on track for certification early next year with deliveries by the middle of the year. For the past couple of decades, there have been high hopes for the future of aviation diesel-engine technology. Today, the technology's future seems especially bright. More

FAA might miss target for drone flights in US
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Difficult-to-resolve safety and security obstacles might prevent the Federal Aviation Administration from meeting a deadline to allow civilian drones routine access to U.S. skies within three years, according to a report released by a government watchdog. The FAA has already missed one deadline in a law passed by Congress last February requiring the agency to develop a system for civilian drones to fly safely in airspace, the report by the General Accounting Office said. The law requires the FAA to fully integrate drones into airspace currently limited to manned aircraft by Sept. 30, 2015. More

NASA, UND test new sensing technology for unmanned aircraft
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VideoBriefNASA is testing technology developed at the University of North Dakota that could help unmanned aircraft share the airspace safely. The challenge is to ensure the unmanned aircraft can avoid collisions with other planes in the sky. More

Pilot quiz: Biggest, best
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Biggest, best, fastest, first — all adjectives that are used by pilots all the time. Test yourself to see how many of these you can answer correctly.

1. What was the most widely used twin-engine transport in the Pacific Theater during WWII?
  1. Cessna Bamboo Bomber
  2. Martin 404
  3. C-46
2. What was the most produced U.S. light bomber during WWII?
  1. Douglas A-20
  2. Martin A-26
  3. Boeing B-1
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Piper offers 'cloud-based' documentation through ATP
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Piper Aircraft and Aircraft Technical Publishers announced that, beginning Dec. 5, access to all Piper maintenance publications and regulatory documents will be available exclusively through the ATP Aviation Hub Online Service and ATP's NavigatorV Desktop Platform. Until then, Piper will continue to offer its manuals and technical publications through Avantext, Inc. More

WWII pilots talk about camaraderie, tough times
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Five World War II fighter pilots took turns sharing stories during a panel at the Air Force's Air and Space Conference outside Washington on Sept. 18. Kenneth Chilstrom, Clarence, "Bud" Anderson, James L. Brooks, Kirk Kirkpatrick and Charles McGee talked about how they did not entirely grasp the significance of the war they were fighting at the time. Chilstrom knew only that he wanted to fly. More

Airspace changes concern pilots
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Just about everyone involved in aviation in the adjoining cities of Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., is urging the FAA to put the brakes on a surprise airspace change that would give aircraft using Portland International priority over those using Vancouver's Pearson Field. They're also wondering about the uncharacteristic speed with which the FAA is bringing in the changes. The rule change takes effect Oct. 1. More

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