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GA accidents decreasing; FAA has plans to make it even safer
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Aviation accidents have generally decreased over the past decade, but more than 200 fatal accidents happened each year between 1999 and 2011, the Government Accountability Office revealed. In a report, the GAO said single-engine airplanes flying personal flights were the most likely to be involved in accidents. The Federal Aviation Administration has stated its goal is to reduce fatal general aviation accidents by 10 percent and accomplish that by the year 2018. More



Chief: FAA to redefine aviation in near future
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The Federal Aviation Administration will make a variety of critical decisions regarding aviation-related issues over the next two to three years — decisions that will "define what aviation looks like in this country for the next 25, 30 or 40 years," Michael Huerta, the FAA's acting administrator, said recently. Today, "essentially what we're doing is preventing the last accident," Huerta said. Going forward, the FAA wants to learn the safety lessons from the past, but also take more proactive, results-oriented steps. It wants to enhance general aviation safety while cutting certification costs in half. More

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Flight service improvements from Lockheed Martin
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Director of Lockheed Martin Flight Services, Jim Derr, recently discussed new tools to aid pilots in their flight planning and flight plan filing through AFSS.com. The Web portal offers pilots the ability to create profiles based on the aircraft they fly, routes of flight and frequent destinations. It also offers a free Adverse Condition Alerting Service that can provide a pilot with warnings if conditions arise (including TFRs and severe weather) that affect his or her route of flight. More

Wind over the beach: The dawn of aviation weather
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Kitty Hawk owes its place in aviation history to a weatherman stationed there. Though the Wright Brothers were considering several locations on the East and West Coasts for flying, they chose this particular spot because of a letter from an employee of the U.S. Weather Bureau (the precursor to NOAA's National Weather Service) reporting the presence of steady wind over this mile-wide stretch of North Carolina beach.

What a difference a century makes. Today's pilots can obtain accurate and dependable graphical weather information instantaneously on the Internet, thanks to a collaborative research effort involving the FAA, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Weather Service. Learn more.


Flight school: Speaking up
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Flight instructors are tasked by the Aviation Instructor's Handbook to always set a good example for students. This includes following regulations and abiding by good, safe practices. Sometimes a student may feel that something the instructor does is not safe. What should a student do if an instructor asks him or her to do something that appears unsafe, against the regulations or otherwise ill-advised? More

Fuel mixture cited in plane crash reports
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The pilots of a plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Lake Tahoe Airport in August, killing all five people onboard, expressed concerns about the craft's fuel/air mixture prior to departing, according to a preliminary report on the crash. The report on the Aug. 25 crash is preliminary and does not list a cause, but does say that pilots mentioned the difficulty in establishing the right fuel/air mixture at high altitude upon landing earlier that day. More

Winglets for all?
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An Idaho company says it has come up with a way to allow virtually any aircraft to benefit from winglets without affecting the certified load limits of its wings. Tamarack Aerospace President Nick Guida said the patented "active winglets" the company has developed will allow the installation of winglets on hundreds of aircraft types whose wings were not engineered to handle them. More

New film about seaplanes released
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VideoBriefJohn Vigran recently completed a short film about seaplanes and flying around the San Francisco Bay Area for his friends at Seaplane Adventures in Mill Valley, Calif. The main character in the video is a 1955 de Havalland Beaver. More

Pilot quiz : Firsts before and after the Wrights
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We in aviation usually think of the Wright Brothers as the first to fly. They were the first to fly a controllable, heavier-than-air vehicle. However, there were many other firsts before and after the Wrights. How many do you know?

1. The first free flight by humans was made by Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes in a balloon. Peak altitude was 500 feet and they traveled about 5 1/2 miles in 20 minutes. When was this first flight?
  1. 1783
  2. 1801
  3. 1860
2. Who was the first woman to fly in a balloon?
  1. German actress Helga Schultz
  2. American suffragette Mary Chandler
  3. French opera singer Mme. Thible
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.


Tiny airport reminds of an earlier aviation age
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It's easy to miss Cranland Airport, in Hanson, Mass., by land: There's a small sign on Route 58, but only if you are coming from the south, and the ­entrance looks like any other gravel driveway in this rural town. But if you look up on the third Sunday of the month, from April through October, the sky is filled with small planes and what look like winged snowmobiles, all swooping down onto a narrow paved runway in a meadow. More

West Virginia governor declares October 'General Aviation Appreciation Month'
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West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared October "General Aviation Appreciation Month." The proclamation highlights general aviation's pivotal role in supporting access to medical treatment, commerce and critical services throughout the state. The general aviation industry in West Virginia contributes $616 million to the economy annually. More

It's airports vs. birds in South Florida
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Despite constant efforts to shoo them away, birds love to hang out at airports and gorge on a smorgasbord of bugs in grassy areas. The result: on average more than 2,000 birds a year strike airliners and general aviation planes across the nation, with about 100 of those at South Florida's three major airports. More

   
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