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Veteran recalls flying days
Ocala Star-Banner
John Grimshaw, born May 14, 1921, grew up dreaming of flying during an era when aviation pioneers like Charles Lindbergh were making headline news. Grimshaw, now 93 and resident in On Top of the World, went on to live out part of that dream during World War II. As a boy, he said, "I made balsa wood models and used gas engines and even rubber bands to power them." He's a Philadelphia native who grew up in Glenolden, Pennsylvania.
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Making a living as an ag pilot
General Aviation News
An ag pilot's day starts early, just as the sun lifts itself above the horizon. It's cool in the morning. The air is clean and crisp. Standing on a dew sparkled grass runway watching the landscape emerge into the light of a new day is part of an ag pilot's daily commute. The morning calm however, is soon broken by a demanding shout. "Clear!" The "tick tick tick tick ... whirrrr ..." of a turboprop engine coming to life shatters the serenity and the work day has begun.
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Corporate pilots and CEOs alike heed the call of airpark living
AINonline
According to author Amy Laboda: For me, living in an airpark just makes sense. As an aviation journalist it allows me to commute via airplane when I head off in pursuit of stories. I leave from my driveway and return to my driveway, just as if I'd take my automobile. Except the round trip en route time is ever so much shorter. Across the lake from me in Pine Shadows Airpark in North Fort Myers, Florida, my neighbor Mike Whitty commutes to work, too.
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Diabetics may still put flying in their diets
By Charlie Spence, aviation writer and IFA member
According to the American Diabetes Association 23.6 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Many myths about the condition persist, one being that people with the condition cannot get a pilots license. That myth might keep many people who love flying from even trying for a medical certificate or those with a pilot certificate to not go for the next flight physical. Let's set it straight: the Federal Aviation Administration has established a policy that permits the special issuance medical certification of insulin-treated applicants for third-class medical certification.
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IFA pilot quiz — Communication acronyms
I Fly America
Communications of all types today use acronyms, but nowhere is this more prevalent than in aviation. The list of abbreviations and acronyms in the Aeronautical Information Manual takes up several pages. How is your knowledge of FAA language? Try your hand at identifying these.

1. TLS
    a. Transponder Landing System
    b. Terminal Lighting System
    c. Technical Localizer System
2. SOIA
    a. Standard Operation Instrument Approach
    b. Sequenced Omni Instrument Approaches
    c. Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approaches
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Accident report — takeoff into fog is not clear idea — Mooney M20J
I Fly America
On Jan. 17, 2002, about 0700 Eastern Standard Time, a Mooney M20J, registered to a private individual, operating as a Title 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, crashed into an orange grove in the vicinity of Lake Placid, Florida. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft was destroyed and the private-rated pilot, the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries. The flight was originating from a private airstrip 4 miles southwest of the city of Lake Placid at the time of the accident.
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Making a living as an ag pilot
General Aviation News
An ag pilot's day starts early, just as the sun lifts itself above the horizon. It's cool in the morning. The air is clean and crisp. Standing on a dew sparkled grass runway watching the landscape emerge into the light...

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Flicker Vertigo — Know it to avoid it
By Charlie Spence, aviation writer and IFA member
Flicker vertigo can be unpleasant and produce dangerous reactions for the pilot. A light flickering at the rate of 4 to 20 cycles per second can produce this illusion. It can result in nausea, vomiting, or...

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1st flight for FK P-51 replica
AVweb
FK Lightplanes has begun the flight-test phase for its scale-replica carbon-fiber P-51 Mustang. The first-flight video, posted online, shows the airplane taking off and flying along the runway briefly before settling down again. Test pilot Thomas...

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Drugs and the general aviation pilot
General Aviation News
FAR 91.17 prohibits flying after the use of "any drug that affects the person's faculties in any way contrary to safety." Yet every year pilots crash, killing themselves and their passengers, often because the pilot is chemically compromised by over the counter medications. That's the big message from a recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board on the use of drugs in the pilot population and how it contributes to accidents.
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F-35 test jets to undergo 'burn in' for F135 engine fix
Aviation Week
The Pentagon's long-awaited deal with Pratt & Whitney to build the seventh low-rate production lot of F135 engines for the multinational F-35 fighter has finally been signed, though officials have not yet outlined a clear path forward to address the design issue that led to an engine fire that grounded the fleet of single-engine aircraft this summer. Program officials have, however, approved a workaround to an engine retrofit that will get the test fleet back to unrestricted flight soon, according to a government source.
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Safety-related websites inform and delight pilots
AINonline
If you've ever made a stupid mistake while you were flying and you haven't heard about NASA's ASRS program, you'd better learn about it right now. Through the use of an ASRS report, or "NASA report" as everyone actually refers to the forms, a pilot, controller, mechanic or cabin crewmember essentially has an opportunity to admit their mistake and avoid the long arm of the FAA from further prosecution.
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