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Carl Ben Eielson's biplane takes flight once more
Alaska Public Media
If you visited Fairbanks International Airport in Fairbanks, Alaska, you may have noticed a small construction project near one of the baggage carousels. A local group has been working for six years to restore a biplane that once belonged to legendary aviator Carl Ben Eielson. The plane has a new set of wings, a fresh coat of paint and it's now hanging once more from the ceiling of the airport terminal.
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In the Keys, in the air
The New York Times
The newest way to see the Florida Keys is from the open cockpit of an antique airplane. Overseas Aero Tours began flight-seeing tours in a World War II vintage biplane.
Built in 1940, the Waco UPF-7 features capacity for two passengers, plus the pilot, and flies at about 500 feet in search of regularly visible rays and sharks, along with the occasional dolphin, turtle and manatee.
Kansas sees gains in aviation report; Cessna, Learjet deliveries down
The Wichita Eagle
It's been a tough year for some of the plane makers in Wichita, Kan., so far, according to third-quarter production figures released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Both Cessna and Learjet deliveries were down by double digits.
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IFA pilot quiz — Aviation numbers
I Fly America
Aviation is an activity of numbers—airspeed, altitude, flight legs, minutes and so on. Some of these a pilot needs to know, some are just interesting facts about flying. Try yourself on these. Caution — they are not all easy.
1. How many different tests does the FAA give for various licenses, ratings, and activities?
a. Fewer than 15
2. How many questions are there in the longest test: Military Competency Instructor?
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Fewer than 50
c. More than 80
Never stop learning, advises Master CFI David St. George
I Fly America
According to author Master CFI David St. George: My best advice to anyone involved in aviation at any level is to keep learning and studying — A good pilot is always learning! Aviation is an amazingly varied and dynamic field that can never be mastered...it offers endless opportunities. Each new pursuit adds depth and understanding to the rest of the "mental toolbox." Also, never consider short cuts in aviation education; always question whether you worked hard enough!
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Angel Flight pilot carries precious cargo
Wendell Holland is a pilot on a mission. Those who board his plane are often in dire straits.
Like Nikki: She is terminally ill but excited to fly to a special camp. Or like little Reese, traveling with mom to St. Jude Research Hospital.
Holland is a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight. He donates his time and plane to transport patients who need medical care elsewhere.
Video: Ejection seat test in Cessna Scorpion jet
At its NBAA Convention press conference, Cessna showed video of its Scorpion light attack jet undergoing ejection seat testing. It's explosive footage. Cessna plans to fly the Scorpion this year, a remarkably ambitious production schedule, and testing the seats is a critical step along that path.
Historic African biplane flight commences
The weather may not have played along, but female pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor has finally commenced her solo Cape Town-to-U.K. flight in a vintage Boeing Stearman biplane.
Curtis-Taylor is recreating the 1928 flight by English aviatrix Lady Mary Heath by covering more than 7,000 miles in an open cockpit Stearman over seven weeks. Heath was the first person to fly this route, which later became the Imperial Airways route.
New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame draws fans to 'open-cockpit weekend'
As Nicolas Inguanzo walked up the stairs to the old airliner, his mother asked if he wanted to be a passenger or a pilot. "A pilot! A pilot!" said 3-year-old Inguanzo, climbing into the cockpit of a Martin 2-0-2 parked behind the Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey. "Airplane! Airplane!" he said, taking hold of the yoke and smiling.
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California airport's small-plane pilots feel crowded out
Organge County Register via AviationPros
John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif., has general aviation roots that date back to the barnstorming days of 1923, when Eddie Martin used to land his Jenny biplane on a desolate stretch of salt grass on Irvine Ranch.
As recently as 1990, small planes were the airport's mainstay, making up nearly 90 percent of John Wayne's 523,000 takeoffs and landings that year.
Pilots give students taste of flight
The Sierra Vista Herald
Hopping out of several different private planes at the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport in Arizona, a group of third-graders from Imagine Charter School at Sierra Vista couldn't wait to compare experiences.
More than 140 local students from four different schools took to the skies via wings provided by about a dozen local pilots volunteering their time, expertise and planes.
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