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General aviation safety makes NTSB's most wanted list
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The National Transportation Safety Board released its 2013 most wanted list of transportation challenges, with general aviation safety making the top 10. The fatal accident rate increased by 25 percent over the last decade, with more than 400 pilots and passengers killed annually in general aviation accidents, NTSB said. Although the general aviation accident rate has remained relatively steady at about 6.8 per 100,000 flight hours, general aviation has the highest aviation accident rate within civil aviation operations. More



3 Mississippi pilots die in crash on way to FAA safety conference
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VideoBrief Three pilots had just taken off from Hawkins Field Airport in Hinds County, Miss., when the single-engine plane they were flying to a Federal Aviation Administration safety conference less than 30 miles away began to falter. A Jackson police officer looked up in the sky and saw the Piper PA-32 "spitting and sputtering" like it was out of fuel. One of the aviators radioed to ask for permission to return to the airport, but just minutes later the plane went down. More

How to improve your radio work
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A new online course promises to be "the greatest radio communication course you've ever taken" or its creator says he will give you your money back, plus $25. The online training program, Sound Like An Airline Pilot, was developed by Cody Bias, a young CFI and T-38 instructor pilot with the Air Force. Bias believes that efficient, concise and correct radio communication technique creates the foundation for effective information management and positive control in the modern cockpit. More



Competitive and affordable aircraft financing available
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I can see clearly now
FAA Safety Briefing via I Fly America    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to our records, about 55 percent of civilian pilots use some form of vision correction. While most of these pilots use glasses or contact lenses, a growing number are opting for laser eye surgery. In most cases these surgeries have good outcomes, but you should be aware that they can have side effects that could create a problem for your medical certification. As the technology improves, and with proper patient selection, potential side effects have decreased in severity and occurrence rate, but they still exist. More



Truck hit by plane allowed on Maine runway
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A small plane that crashed shortly after takeoff, killing three, first struck a pickup truck crossing the runway to pick up a pilot who had parked in a hangar, authorities said. The Cessna 172 was heading north on Maine's Knox County Regional Airport runway when it struck the truck, which was authorized to be on airport grounds, Knox County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tim Carroll said. More

Northwest Indiana airports generate $144 million for area
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A new study estimates that airports in Lake and Porter counties in northwest Indiana generate a combined $144.5 million economic impact on local communities annually. Statewide, the 69 airports support 69,149 jobs, with a payroll of $4.1 billion and total economic output of $14.1 billion. The study used new methodology to capture the economic effects of on-airport businesses, airport users and multiplier impacts, such as an airport employee spending money in the local community. More

CAP pilots volunteer for 'target' practice
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Members of Civil Air Patrol's Congressional Squadron recently flew a CAP Cessna 182 to pose as intruders in restricted airspace. In effect, they were targets, giving U.S. Air Force Air Defense F-16 fighter pilots charged with defending Washington, D.C., a chance to practice their intercept procedures. More

Beech Debonair pilot makes successful emergency landing following engine failure
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John Mares, a Redondo Beach, Calif., resident successfully landed his 1961 Beech Debonair, rolling out on a grass highway median after an engine failure at around 3,500 feet. A pilot for 35 years, he told news reporters, "[An emergency landing is] something you train for, practice for. When it actually happens, all that training comes back." More

Michigan native follows dream, opens own airport in Southern California
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If you build it, they will come, according to the movie "Field of Dreams." Jason Vosburgh hopes the same holds true for his new airport. According to Vosburgh, a former Fenton, Mich., resident, following your dreams takes two things: education and the ability to be laughed at. More

Cherokee owner saves $2,550 a year with mogas
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Mark Wiley of Murfreesboro, Ark., who flies a 1963 Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee, has obtained a mogas STC from Petersen Aviation, installed a simple fuel system next to his hangar and found a fuel supplier that brings him 93 AKI ethanol-free mogas in small loads. He recently reported on the savings he's seeing and how he intends to use them. More

Make shopping for a pilot easier with Sporty's Gift Guide
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Now available is Sporty's Gift Guide, which makes holiday shopping for pilots easier by allowing people to shop by the pilot's ratings or by price. Sporty's has grouped appropriate gifts into Student Pilots, Advanced Pilots, Aircraft Owners and Aviation Enthusiasts to help narrow your search. New for 2012 is a category specific for iPads, the "iPad Pilots" group. More

   
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