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Report: Additional FAA efforts could mitigate safety risks
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Though the number of non-fatal and fatal general aviation accidents decreased between 1999 and 2011, there were still more than 200 fatal accidents occurring in each of those years, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Ninety-two percent of fatal accidents in 2011 occurred in general aviation, according to figures provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. More

Questions abound about proposed user fee
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The House Small Business Committee recently held a hearing about President Barack Obama's proposal to charge a $100 per flight user fee for some flying. Committee Chairman Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., came out strongly against the proposal, as did many of the committee members. Some people involved in general aviation believe that since the proposed fee applies only to turbine-powered aircraft, the proposal should not be a concern for most general aviation pilots. But many argue that is not the case. More

Competitive and affordable aircraft financing available
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A feather in your cap: Earning your first pair of WINGS
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The process of flight training provides a number of exciting milestones. There's the first flight as a student, when you get to take the controls and realize that you really can fly. There's the first solo — truly an unforgettable occasion for every aviator. At some point comes the first trip outside the local practice area and the first solo cross country. Then, the day arrives for your check ride, which is also the first time you fly as pilot in command. For many pilots, the first passenger-carrying flight follows shortly thereafter. Then ... what? There are plenty more "firsts" to achieve in your life as an aviator. Learn more. More

Fuel prices — How high will they go?
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With vehicle fuel prices surging across the country, pilots are also feeling the pain at the airport pump, with the price for a gallon of avgas averaging more than $6 in every region. According to statistics reported by, average prices for Jet-A remain about 50 cents lower, while mogas is a whopping $1.50 less than avgas. It is no wonder that pilots are increasingly looking at using Jet-A and mogas instead of avgas, and airports are adding additional fuel storage systems for these lower-cost aviation fuels. More

I learned about flying from that: Stuck throttle approach
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Some events in flying aren’t covered by our instruction, the reading of popular or safety-specific magazines, or the emergency checklists. During these events, the pilot is left to his or her own devices, perhaps assisted by controllers and even passengers. But in the end, the pilot in command has the ultimate authority. More

Plane crash elevates pilot to fame
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Since Theodore "Ted" Wright's plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, the last place one might expect to see him is soaring through the sky on a jetliner. But the pilot's epic story of skill and survival captivated the media's attention, and he found himself flying once again. He has been to New York, Los Angeles and a few cities in between recounting his Sept. 20 ordeal on numerous national talk shows. He hopes to change the perception some have of small planes and general aviation as dangerous and even deadly. More

Lithium fires generate myths and misinformation
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Sometime in 2011, an airport worker hooked up an energized ground-power unit to a Cessna Citation CJ4 (525C), according to the FAA. The CJ4 was the first business jet certified with a lithium-ion main-ship battery. For whatever reason, after the ground-power unit was hooked up to the CJ4, something happened, and the result was, the FAA wrote, "a report of a battery fire." The result was an emergency AD, calling for replacement of all CJ4 lithium-ion main-ship batteries with a heavier nickel-cadmium or lead-acid battery. More

FAA certifies S-TEC System 55X autopilot for the WACO YMF-F5C and 5D aircraft
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WACO Classic Aircraft, the FAA-certified manufacturer of open cockpit sport biplanes, announced the FAA approval of the S-TEC System 55X autopilot STC for installation in the WACO YMF-F5C and 5D. WACO will now be able to offer an autopilot installation in the aircraft, which will help improve the safety of flying and lessen the workload for the pilot by offering altitude preselector, flight director and electrical trim system. More

NBAA small aircraft exemption renewed by FAA
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The FAA has extended an exemption that allows operators of certain small aircraft to be reimbursed for expenses, NBAA said. Operators must be NBAA members to qualify for the exemption, which allows for cost sharing in situations such as transporting a guest on a company aircraft or the use of an aircraft by employees of a subsidiary company. The exemption applies to Part 91 operators of piston airplanes, small airplanes, and all helicopters. The extension expires on March 31. More

Pilot quiz: Where and when
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The first three questions about weather will be easy for pilots to answer, so to make this quiz a bit more challenging the next questions delve into your knowledge of where and when in aviation.

1. What effect does high humidity have on your takeoff roll?
  1. It will be longer
  2. It will be shorter
  3. No effect
2. What percentage of oxygen needed by the human body is in the atmosphere at 18,000 feet?
  1. 72 percent
  2. 50 percent
  3. 39 percent
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Aviation pioneer still a pilot
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Back when Chuck Rusk operated Rusk Aviation Inc. with his older brother, information was sent via snail mail long before it was even called that. But Rusk didn't just send out brochures about his family's flight school. He wrote letters. Rusk Aviation shut down in 1990 after 28 years of being the first fixed-base operator at Illinois' Greater Kankakee Airport. But after 50 years, Rusk is still flying planes and teaching others how to do it. More

GA pilots may soon be paying a landing fee at New York's Macarthur Airport
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The Town of Islip on Long Island, in New York, will soon vote on whether Long Island MacArthur Airport will charge a general aviation landing fee at the airport. If approved by Islip Town Board the fees would go into effect Dec. 1. If approved, noncommercial aircraft will be charged $1.44 per 1,000 pounds of gross landing weight for touch down at the airport. Nighttime fees would considerably higher, at $2.16 per 1,000 pounds. More

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