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TBM loss puts renewed focus on Hypoxia
AINonline
Two months after the Sept. 5 crash off the coast of Jamaica of TBM N900KN, with two people on board, depressurization and the danger of hypoxia have drawn renewed attention, even though — and perhaps because — the pilot's actions after he reported an unspecified problem to ATC appear inconsistent with recommended procedures for loss of pressurization. N900KN was a new TBM900, the updated model of the Daher-Socata turboprop single introduced earlier this year.
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GAMA releases Q3 general aviation aircraft shipment report
GAMA
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released the 2014 third quarter general aviation aircraft shipment report. Total worldwide general aviation airplane shipments increased 5.7 percent to 1,678, and billings rose to $16.0 billion, up 4.0 percent. Piston-engine airplane shipments increased 9.2 percent to 806 units in the first nine months of 2014, compared to 738 airplane shipments in the same period last year. Turboprop airplane shipments were down 3.7 percent to 412 units this year. Business jet shipments were up over last year, from 421 units to 460 units in 2014.
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Disruptive technology the new norm?
AVweb
A new generation of "digital natives" will fill the pilot seats of the future and the technology they embrace is becoming the new norm in the cockpit, according to comments made by industry leaders. The forum on "disruptive technology" at the Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs, California, heard from four people who have been at the forefront of some major technological shifts in aviation.
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Smoking: Hazardous to your aviation health
By Paul Engstrom, IFA member and aviation writer
'Quit smoking? Sure, it's easy,' you say. 'I've quit a thousand times!' Problem is, as a pilot you won't get a thousand chances to recover safely from the dangerous mental and physical effects of thin air at altitude — effects greatly exacerbated by tobacco use.

Indeed, you may only get one chance, especially if the threat is hypoxia, or life-threatening oxygen deprivation. We've all heard the bad news about smoking — how it increases the risk of cancer, heart disease and heart attack, stroke, asthma, high blood pressure, pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, dementia, pneumonia and other ills. Tobacco can also interfere with your flying acumen.

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IFA pilot quiz — Aircraft of US presidents
I Fly America
Air Force One is a well-known call sign, but what do you know about the President's airplane and the travels of U.S. Presidents? Try this quiz to find out.

1. In the mid 1950s, Air Force One became the call sign for any airplane carrying the U.S. President. Why was this chosen?
    a. The U.S. Air Force always used its newest transport airplane to carry the President
    b. An airplane carrying the President had a call sign ending in the same numbers as an Eastern Airlines flight when on a similar route and this caused the pilot to be concerned about possible confusion by air traffic control
    c. The Air Force was separated from the Army to become an independent arm of military and punsters thought the call sign would seem to many "Air Force WON"

2. What is the call sign of the helicopter when carrying the President from the White House to Andrews Air Force base?
    a. Marine One
    b. Helicopter One
    c. Air Force One

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Accident report — Prop reduction gear reduce thrust Avid Amphibian
I Fly America
On June 22, about 1530 Eastern Daylight Time, a homebuilt Avid Amphibian was substantially damaged during a forced landing after takeoff from the Shannon Airport (EZF), Fredericksburg, Virginia. The certificated commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the personal flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.
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Disruptive technology the new norm?
AVweb
A new generation of "digital natives" will fill the pilot seats of the future and the technology they embrace is becoming the new norm in the cockpit, according to comments made by industry leaders. The forum on...

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Accident report — VFR pilot meets IMC and trees — Aero Commander 500
I Fly America
An Aero Commander 500 impacted trees during climb out after takeoff from Petaluma, California. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The left wing of the airplane...

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Pilot of tiny Cessna makes landing at O'Hare
WBBM-TV
Judging by the reaction from the air traffic controller, Chicago O'Hare International Airport doesn't get a request like this one very often. The pilot of a tiny Cessna 172 requests to land at one of the world's busiest...

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NBAA14 also highlights utility GA, innovation
General Aviation News
The National Business Aviation Association Convention in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 21-23 was termed a "massive success" by NBAA President Ed Bolen. Always is. Despite some down years, corporate aviation is booming, and attention and spending follow the money. But there's always more to NBAA than corporate jets. The 26,000 attendees at NBAA 2014 were treated to 1,100 exhibitors in the cavernous Orlando Convention Center and some 100 aircraft at nearby Orlando Executive Airport.
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Helping owners sell their airplanes
AVweb
Buying or selling a used general aviation airplane is not fun. A root canal is probably more pleasant. Pilot training does not include education on airplane selection and evaluation, there are no regulations on sales standards and no consumer watchdog agency to go after unscrupulous sellers. Sellers often spend hours answering telephone calls from tire kickers who aren't the least bit interested in buying but will happily waste the seller's time with inane questions about the cruising speed of "that 172 you want to sell."
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The dangers and delights of piloting a small plane
USA TODAY
The sky is a huge place — just how big becomes clear when you get up into it in a small airplane, with its windows much larger than any airliner's tiny portholes, and its exhilarating 360-degree views. You can fly from the Atlantic to the Pacific, a trip that typically takes me three days or so in my single-engine Cessna, and sometimes go for an hour or two without catching sight of another plane, even when air-traffic control is telling you they're out there — "2 o'clock, your altitude, 5 miles."
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Historic Georgia airport continues to thrive
General Aviation News
History is an important part of most airports. You often find plaques telling of notable events at the airport. If Souther Field/Jimmy Carter Regional Airport in Americus, Georgia, was to create such a plaque, it would need a surface the size of the Green Monster, the high left field wall at Fenway Park in Boston. "A lot has happened at Souther Field since it was created out of a peach tree orchard in 1918," said Mike Cochran, the field historian. Cochran, a licensed pilot, aviation mechanic, and educator, happily shares the history of the airport, beginning with how it got its name.
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NTSB: SpaceShip Two's tail boom deployed early
AVweb
Investigators probing the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo are focusing on a potential uncommanded deployment of the vehicles' unique feathering tail structure designed to create drag and control speed during atmospheric entry. In a press conference, NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher Hart said that early data indicated the crew activated one of two controls designed to deploy the feathering mechanism but that the tail surfaces appeared to have moved into the entry position before the second control was activated.
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Injured soldier gains new lease on life ... in the air
General Aviation News
The folks at Quicksilver Aeronautics say they are especially pleased to report the sale of a Special Light-Sport Aircraft, the Sport S2SE, to a different sort of customer - a war hero. While any aircraft delivery is satisfying, this one deserves extra attention, they say. "I met Jimmy Aguila recently. He called me to say he wanted a Quicksilver Sport 2SE SLSA," said Quicksilver Aeronautics President and CEO Will Escutia. "Every day I come to work and face the problems and challenges of running a business. However Jimmy's story adds proper perspective to life. Jimmy's story captured my attention and I feel humbled."
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