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Veteran pilot avoids beach crowd, lands small plane in Hawaii ocean
The Associated Press via Ottawa Citizen
A former Alaska bush pilot safely avoided beachgoers when he crash-landed his small airplane in the ocean just off a beach on Oahu's North Shore in Hawaii after running out of fuel. Greg Harding, 59, considered landing the plane on either a road or the beach, but then he saw about a dozen people on shore. Harding said the engine "just quit" about 10 minutes after he released a glider, which had an instructor and student onboard, from the plane.
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Did they hear you?
General Aviation News
According to the author Ben Sclair: As Dad and I flew over top of Memphis International Airport we realized, too late, it had gotten very quiet on the radio. Turns out we — Dad actually — had keyed the mic in the Baron and hadn't realized. It turns out the mic had slipped from the holder and was wedged between the fuel selector panel and Dad's leg. I don't recall our conversation, but I can only imagine what the controllers were thinking.
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Bird strikes small airplane 15 miles from New York state airport
WHEC-TV
Scary moments for three people on board a small plane in New York. A bird went through the windshield while they were in the air. This happened about 15 miles from the Greater Rochester International Airport. The plane landed safely.
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Top 10 signs you (or your airplane) may be in trouble
By Tom Hoffmann
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
Top 10 lists are featured in late-night television jokes, rank the year's best movies, and even suggest the most influential minds among us. Just about everyone can appreciate a good top 10 list, even if only for entertainment value. But in the world of aviation, top 10 lists play a much more vital role. They help save lives. They help us all understand why accidents happen, and more importantly, help us develop ways to prevent them.

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IFA pilot quiz — Facets of flight
I Fly America
1. Based on the official data from 2005, what percentage of general aviation flight hours are flown for pleasure?
    a. 14 percent
    b. 34 percent
    c. 67 percent
2. How many aircraft do the US airlines operate?
    a. 14,512
    b. 7,226
    c. 11,104
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Accident Report — Unexplained loss of power forces crash landing — Socata TB-20
I Fly America
At 1053 Eastern Standard Time a Socata TB-20 was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power, after departing from the Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) in Frederick, Maryland. The certificated private pilot and passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.
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Top 10 signs you (or your airplane) may be in trouble
By Tom Hoffmann
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
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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...

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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...

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FAA, controllers coping with Chicago outage
AVweb
Capacity is steadily increasing at airports affected by the sabotage of critical communications equipment at Chicago Center recently. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association said 72 flights per hour were getting into O'Hare International Airport and departure delays of 15 minutes in the afternoon were expected to increase to about 30 minutes later in the day.
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1st A-29 rolls off Florida assembly line for USAF program
United Press International
The first of 20 U.S.-built A-29 Super Tucano light attack and trainer aircraft has rolled off the assembly line in Florida for the U.S. Air Force. The plane, built by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and its U.S. partner Sierra Nevada Corp., was selected by the Air Force for its Light Air Support program for Afghanistan.
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Possible terrorist threats keep GA vigilant
General Aviation News
When conditions in the Middle East erupted and President Barack Obama unleashed air power on the Islamic State, officials at many general aviation organizations here became jittery over ISIL threats to retaliate on American soil. If there is retaliation, would aircraft be used? Would the escalation of tensions raise the level of concern to a point that would mean an increase in security at airports? Would it mean limitations on flying?
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From ballooners to bombers: A history of the backpack parachute
The Atlantic
At the beginning, pilots didn't want parachutes. Even in an emergency, one aviator sniffed, "It's much safer for an operator to remain in his seat." Parachutes weren't safety devices — they were the provenance of inventors and circus performers. They had nothing to do with planes.
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