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Can you ignore the ADS-B 2020 mandate?
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According to author Ben Sclair: The Jan. 1, 2020, ADS-B mandate has a lot of aircraft owners wringing their hands and seeing red. For those of us at the recreational end of the aviating spectrum, which represents a great many aircraft, plunking down the money it'll take to equip our aircraft to meet the mandate is not something we care to think about.
So that got me to thinking who the ADS-B Out mandate applies to? Do you fly in airspace that requires a transponder? If not, you might not need to equip for the mandate.
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SpaceShipTwo pilot reveals details of crash to NTSB
The pilot of SpaceShipTwo, which broke up above California's Mojave Desert last month, says he was unaware that his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked a crucial braking system moments before the fatal crash, federal investigators said.
Pilot Peter Siebold told the National Transportation Safety Board he was thrown free of the vehicle when it broke up and that his parachute automatically deployed.
Mooney launches diesel-powered M10 2-seater
After weeks of rumors surrounding a possible new airplane design from Mooney International, the recently resurrected legacy airplane manufacturer announced at Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai that it is developing a line of two-seat airplanes named the M10 series.
The new series will start out with the M10T and M10J models, both powered by Continental diesel engines. Both will also feature the same sleek composite fuselage design with the trademark forward canted vertical stabilizer that makes identifying Mooney airplanes easy.
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Are you ready for winter?
By James Williams
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
Flying in the winter offers some unique challenges for the rotorcraft community. Temperatures drop, the days get shorter, and snow/ice/sleet become a real possibility for much of the United States. To prepare for this change in season, consider making a few changes that apply to both you and your aircraft to ensure safe winter operations. Learn more.
IFA pilot quiz — Historic aviation events
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Here is a double quiz for you. Test your knowledge of these historic aviation events and also see if you can determine what connects all these questions.
1. What was the first city to call a field facility for flight an 'airport?'
a. Atlantic City, New Jersey
2. The first coast-to-coast air passenger service in the U.S. began in 1929, with just two passengers completing the entire trip and involving three companies. Name the three companies.
b. Dayton, Ohio
c. Mineola, New York
a. American, Transcontinental, and Eastern Airlines
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Transcontinental, Western, and Eastern Airlines
c. Transcontinental Airlines and Pennsylvania and Santa Fe Railroads
Accident Report — Loss of life from loss of power — Beech 23
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At 1445 Eastern Standard Time, a Beech 23 collided with trees and subsequently the ground, and burst into flames while maneuvering for an emergency landing following a reported loss of engine power near Macon, Georgia. The personal flight was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 with no flight plan filed. Visual weather conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The airplane was destroyed, and the private pilot and his passenger received fatal injuries. The flight departed the Herbert Smart Airport in Macon, Georgia, at 1443.
Google leases airfield for aviation research
Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures has signed a lease with NASA to rent the historic airship hangar and other buildings on Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, citing aviation research as one goal for the site. The company will pay about $1.16 billion over a 60-year lease for use of about 1,000 acres, including three hangars and two runways.
Solar Flight announces Modular SunStar
One of the pioneers of solar-powered flight, a company aptly named Solar Flight, which has been developing solar airplanes for the last 28 years, announced a new solar-powered aircraft, which appears to be a real-life Lego-version of an airplane with interchangeable components. Named the SunStar, the aircraft is chiefly designed for High Altitude Long Endurance missions.
Consultant: General aviation poised to recover
The Wichita Eagle via Aviation Pros
The fortunes of general aviation are expected to noticeably improve next year, Brian Foley, an aviation consultant with Brian Foley Associates, said.
"I have a deep conviction that 2015 will be the indisputable pivot point when the industry, including its laggard segments, turns meaningfully upward," Foley said.
The 2009 downturn in the economy resulted in a nosedive in the general aviation industry. Wichita planemakers cut thousands of jobs as backlogs collapsed.
SeaPort Airlines takes delivery of 1st new Cessna Caravan
SeaPort Airlines announced that it will take delivery of two of three new Cessna Caravans being acquired for the company's fleet by the end of the year.
SeaPort's Chief Executive Officer, Rob McKinney, will accept the new aircraft at the Cessna Aircraft Corporation factory in Wichita, Kansas, and will pilot one of the new aircraft on a three-day tour of the carrier's Mid-South routes.
Boarding pass, please: A short, personal history of flying
All of my life, I have heard the story about the first airplane that landed in my hometown of Marianna, Florida, nearly 100 years ago.
It might or might not be true. But don't let that get in the way of a good tale.
Here is how it goes: One spring afternoon, a poor, semi-literate sharecropper was plowing his field on the outskirts of Marianna. A pilot, who was flying a bi-plane from Jacksonville to Pensacola, started having engine problems and was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop. He used the farmer's freshly turned field as an emergency landing strip.
Learjet carrying Bono loses door in flight
A Learjet 60 carrying U2 singer Bono lost a rear cargo door during a flight across Europe, resulting in some lost bags, but no injuries, CNN reported. The incident elicited a frenzy of media reports from around the world. Ground crew found the hatch was missing after the jet landed at its destination, Berlin's Schonefeld Airport. Bono, four other passengers and two pilots were on board the flight, Germout Freitag, an official with the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation, told CNN.
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