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5 innovators in experimental aircraft sector
Aviation Week & Space Technology
Largely free from Federal Aviation Administration certification rules, the experimental and light-sport aircraft markets are home to big ideas at low prices. Builders and owners equipping with noncertified avionics can have all the features of the most modern business jet or airliner — at a fraction of the cost. While many of the technologies ultimately fail or stay experimental, others are picked up by established avionics companies to be incorporated into new or upgraded products for the certified market.
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FAA investigating small plane crash in middle Georgia
The Associated Press via Miami Herald
According to Federal Aviation Administration officials, the FAA is investigating a small plane crash in middle Georgia.
A single-engine plane registered to an owner in Franklin County, Fla. crashed near Thomaston, Ga., said FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. The incident happened about 45 miles west of Macon.
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Prepared for anything
FAA Aviation News via IFA
According to author Roger A. Storey: As the popularity of aviation as a career and as a hobby increases, so does the concern for safety. One such concern is survival after a crash. As a survival Instructor with the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute's Airman Education Division, I am often asked, "What is the most important piece of equipment to have in a survival situation?" The answer is simple: Me, the survivor. In any survival situation, there will be specific priorities.
Bonus depreciation — at a glance
By Airfleet Capital Inc.
Bonus Depreciation and Section 179 expensing have been hot topics for aircraft buyers in recent history. In particular, the past two years, as we have held our breath to see if Congress will extend the benefits for the new tax year. As determined earlier this year, increased Bonus Depreciation and Section 179 expensing are available through 2013 and even into 2014 in some cases. That means aircraft buyers can still take advantage of the benefits these tax incentives afford us.
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Small plane makes emergency landing on California city street
Los Angeles Times
No injuries were reported after a small plane made an emergency landing on a city street near a San Jose, Calif., airport.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the pilot to land the single-prop plane about two blocks before the runway at Reid-Hillview airport, according to local media reports.
There did not appear to be any physical damage to the aircraft, which ended up in the right-turn lane of the intersection.
The collapsible seaplane James Bond would kill for
According to Dan Turtel: Following the FAA's creation of a "Light Sport Aircraft" category — which basically hacks away months and even years from licensing and certification — former F-16 pilot Kirk Hawkins set out to free all us flightless masses. The result is the amphibious ICON A5. Its space-age exterior shouldn't be surprising, ICON partnered with the same guys who built Virgin Galactic's spaceships.
Canadian Hornet thrills crowds at Salute America Air Show
As the 2013 air show season draws to a close, it was set to go out with a bang at the Salute America Air Show near Atlanta. The show at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta airport in Dallas, Ga., featured a variety of aviation acts, including rare twilight aerobatic acts. Many 2013 air shows were canceled due to the sequester budget cuts.
14-year-old pilot flies Cormorant
Brianna Ricketts of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, took command of a CH-149 Cormorant Helicopter, which sounds pretty impressive for any individual. However because Ricketts is only 14 years old, it's even more of an accomplishment. She is a member of the local 537 Gander Royal Air Cadets. She also got her student private pilot's licence at Gander Flight Training and became the youngest female in the province to fly solo.
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90-year-old pilot who flew in World War II returns to the skies
For most remaining World War II pilots, taking to the skies in a 1940s plane is a distant memory — one that is unlikely to ever be repeated.
But, having not sat at the controls for more than 70 years, one 90-year-old pilot is now regularly flying a Tiger Moth biplane — and is even doing aerobatic moves in the skies.
Flight Lieutenant Fred Lamprey of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve has been flying in planes almost identical to the one he learnt to fly in when he was called up in 1942.
How small companies in the experimental sector are spawning big ideas
Aviation Week & Space Technology
Aviation Week & Space Technology looks at the innovative products being developed for the experimental and light-sport aircraft markets at low prices. These cutting-edge ideas could be adopted more broadly someday.
CAF wing: Changes necessary to survive
The Brownsville Herald
Air Fiesta in Brownsville, Texas, is going to have to make a fairly significant course correction if it wants to keep flying.
That's according to Air Fiesta chairman David Hughston, who said this year's event, which took place in March, had little left over after the bills were paid. Hughston blames it on a smaller than normal crowd combined with a relatively expensive roster of performers.
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