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Santa Monica versus the FAA over airport
Los Angeles Times
The Santa Monica Airport has long been embattled. City officials and nearby residents have made no secret of the fact that they are weary of it, especially as larger and larger private jets take off from and land on its single runway. Neighbors, some living no more than 300 feet from the runway, worry over safety, noise and air pollution. The city has been in and out of court for decades, dueling with the Federal Aviation Administration — which oversees the city's compliance with federal rules on aircraft and airport operations — for the right to close the airport or curtail its activities.
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Seattle pilot and airline help grant boy's wish
KING-TV
The story was from 2,100 miles away but the child at the center of it touched Chris Cice's heart so much that the Seattle pilot knew he had to do something. What followed was a journey that captured the attention of many across the country, from Washington state to Texas, Alaska and back again. The story was about Ben Pierce, a 9-year-old boy who made a visual bucket list because he is going blind. Some of the things he wanted to see before the world goes dark: New York, The Grand Canyon and more.
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SpaceShipTwo pilot speaks through dad
AVweb
The pilot who survived the in-flight breakup of SpaceShipTwo in late October told his father he was unconscious for about half of his parachute descent from 50,000 feet but he managed a thumbs-up for the occupants of a chase plane that circled him on the way down. The Mail quoted Peter Siebold's physician father Klaus as saying his son is in "good spirits" 10 days after the spacecraft broke apart on a test flight. The other pilot on the spacecraft, Michael Alsbury, didn't survive.
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Frost — Pretty but dangerous
By H. Dean Chamberlain, reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News
Frost — it makes interesting patterns on windows, looks great on pumpkins, is hard to scrape off your car's windshield, and is potentially dangerous on your airplane. This is also the time of the year when you can expect to find frost or ice on your airplane.
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Accident report — Density altitude won't allow climb — Boeing A75N1
(PT 17)

I Fly America
At 1915 eastern daylight time, a Boeing Stearman PT17, N55175, was substantially damaged when it collided with trees and terrain during take-off from Braxton County Airport (48I), Sutton, West Virginia. The certificated airline transport pilot and the passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight conducted.
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Santa Monica versus the FAA over airport
Los Angeles Times
The Santa Monica Airport has long been embattled. City officials and nearby residents have made no secret of the fact that they are weary of it, especially as larger and larger private jets take off from and land on its single...

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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...

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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...

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7 reasons an instrument rating will make you a better pilot
Global Air
Getting an instrument rating means you'll be able to fly in the clouds and you won't be stuck on the ground as much because of bad weather. But an IFR rating also comes with a few other advantages. Here's why getting an instrument rating will make you a better pilot.
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'Serious' victory for repair stations
General Aviation News
Thanks to a coalition of aviation trade associations and the responsiveness of the FAA, the Code of Federal Regulations will retain seven important letters. The word "serious" has been reinserted into the paragraph of 14 CFR part 145 requiring repair stations to report failures, malfunctions or defects in articles received for work to the agency within 96 hours.
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Spirits, WWII planes soar for Veterans' Day at Mississippi airport
Jackson Clarion-Ledger
Recently, John Patterson got to live out a lifelong dream. Even though he's served in the infantry for more than 10 years, including fighting in Iraq, he has always wanted to fly in a North American T-6 Texan. Thanks to a local pilot and business owner, he got to do that. Patterson was there with his wife, Holley, and his service dog, Tucker. "I was raised around and in airplanes my entire life, my father flew, and he took us up to Osh Kosh, Wisconsin, to the big fly-in every year since I was about 10 years old," Patterson said.
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