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Obama signs Small Airplane Revitalization Act
The Wichita Eagle
The general aviation industry is applauding the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama.
U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas sponsored the bill, which requires the Federal Aviation Administration to implement the recommendations of the FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee by the end of 2015.
The recommendations focus on increasing safety and reducing government and industry certification costs for light general aviation airplanes.
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Training workers seen as key to future aerospace jobs
The Everett Daily Herald
In a hangar at Paine Field, Wash., three students are fitting wooden ribs onto two struts the size of 2-by-4-inch lumber as they rebuild the wing of a 1930s biplane. Nearby, other Everett Community College students are crammed in the cabin of a tiny, single-engine Cessna, examining the instrument panel wiring.
Analyst: Cessna sales expected to rise in 2014 and 2015
The Wichita Eagle
Demand and pricing for Cessna Aircraft business jets remain weak, but Cessna seems poised for an upturn over the next two years, according to an analyst's report.
Leading key indicators for future demand look good, wrote Cowen and Co. analyst Cai von Rumohr in the report.
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Winter flight safety
Excerpt from article written by H. Dean Chamberlain
Reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News
In preparing for winter flights, all pilots should remember what survival experts have said for years. Pilots should always carry a survival kit appropriate to the conditions along their route of flight and to always dress to be able to walk home in the conditions in or over which they will be flying. Learn the 10 essential items that every survival kit should contain.
IFA pilot quiz — Facets of flight
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1. Based on the official data from 2005, what percentage of general aviation flight hours are flown for pleasure?
a. 14 percent
2. How many aircraft do the U.S. airlines operate?
b. 34 percent
c. 67 percent
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Shell announces unleaded 100-octane fuel
Shell Oil announced that it has developed an unleaded 100-octane piston engine fuel to replace 100LL and, presumably, the fuel will enter the FAA's recently established fuel testing and certification process. In a press release, Shell said the fuel is a culmination of 10 years in R&D and initial testing has been done with two OEMs, Lycoming and Piper. None of the companies offered any information on what the new fuel might cost.
Agreement with Piper Aircraft will bolster Liberty's fleet
As part of a new long-term agreement with Piper Aircraft, Liberty University School of Aeronautics recently added a new Piper Arrow pilot training aircraft to its fleet.
"Liberty University School of Aeronautics is excited to accept delivery of a new Piper Arrow into our rapidly growing fleet," said retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Young, dean of the School of Aeronautics and president of the Lynchburg, Va., fixed-base operator Freedom Aviation.
Self-taught pilot pleads guilty to stolen plane joyride
The Associated Press via St. Paul Pioneer Press
An 18-year-old Minnesota man who taught himself to fly pleaded guilty to stealing a single-engine plane. The man did not have a pilot's license and allegedly took the plane on joyrides over the summer and fall.
Roseau County District Court charged Geoffrey Biteman to a felony charge of motor vehicle theft and a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of an aircraft. Biteman pleaded guilty.
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Automation overuse by pilots eyed in air crashes
The Associated Press via Las Vegas Sun
According to studies by safety, government and industry experts, pilots may be becoming too reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in modern airliners. So much so that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, pilots may be ill-prepared to assume control of the plane.
How a professional pilot could possibly land a giant plane at wrong airport
The story of two pilots landing a Boeing 747 at the wrong airport drew a lot of rolled eyes, more than a little laughter and serious questions about how on earth two experienced pilots could so make such a colossal error.
It's easier than you might think.
The pilots were flying the massive 747 Dreamlifter into Wichita, Kan., to retrieve the nose section of a 787 Dreamliner. They were supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base, but instead landed at Colonel Jabara Airport, about 8 miles away.
Vintage Cessna uncovered in California
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat
The Pacific Coat Air Museum at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif., received a donated Cessna from 85-year-old Marcia Dunn. Shrouded in more than 40 years of dust in an airport hangar, the plane is a nearly like-new silver and blue, four-seat, 1954 Cessna 170B.
OSHA grants Western Aircraft 'sharp' renewal
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that for the seventh year in a row it has received the OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program award, for its exemplary safety and training.
"We are very pleased to be recognized for our dedication to a safe work environment," said Western Aircraft's Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Miguel Velasco. "The well-being of our employees and our customers is paramount."
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