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Improved Notam search now online
AVweb
The FAA has rolled out a new online search tool that will help make it easier for pilots to find Notices to Airmen relevant to their planned flight. The tool "means that the days of rooting around trying to find applicable Notams while planning for a flight are just about over," says NBAA. The new tool adds to recent improvements already in place. The FAA says that by late 2015, when the new digital system is complete, it will be faster and easier to submit Notams; content will be easier to read, filter, and search; and users will be able to receive Notams on multiple data devices.
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FAA boosts contingency plans after Chicago fire
AVweb
The FAA says it will improve contingency plans so it can better react to emergencies like the fire at Chicago Center in September. An internal review of the response after the sabotage and attempted suicide that shut down one of the country's busiest ATC facilities says more airspace flexibility and a plan for staff deployment to other FAA sites are needed to ensure minimal disruption to the system.
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2014 year-end aircraft financing
AirFleet
December is here and the countdown to year-end is upon us. With the year-end push, it's important to remember the FAA and banking holidays and schedules if you're planning to purchase, finance and close before year-end. Couple this with planning for extraneous events — i.e. an ice storm in Oklahoma City that may shut down the FAA title office as happened last year — and we recommend considering the following timetables to meet a year-end closing target.
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Safer flying in icing conditions
Reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News
If you've watched TV forecasters struggle to correctly predict winter weather, you probably realize that understanding icing — whether on the ground or in the air — is difficult and complex. Aircraft icing is a continuing concern in all parts of aviation, from small planes to jumbo jets. It is an insidious hazard to aircraft. Wings, stabilizers and control surfaces are carefully shaped to produce "lift" — the aerodynamic force that makes airplanes fly. Ice on these surfaces can make it hard for the pilot to control the airplane or even keep it airborne. Ice shedding off the wings also can damage the tail or be sucked into the engines.
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Accident Report — Sliding seat precedes lost control — Cessna 182G
I Fly America
At 1333 Eastern Standard Time, a Cessna 182G, registered to a private owner, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, collided with an embankment on takeoff roll at Taylorsville Airport, Taylorsville, North Carolina. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The private pilot reported minor injuries. The flight originated from Teague-Grider Airport, Taylorsville, North Carolina.
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Managing anger in the cockpit
General Aviation News
According to author Jeffrey Madison: "Louisa County traffic, November four four two eight Quebec departing Runway Niner for left crosswind departure, Louisa County traffic." I visually cleared final approach and the traffic pattern. Seeing all four quadrants empty, I took the runway and took off. Upwind off KLKU looked fantastic. A riot of yellows, oranges and reds overwhelmed any remaining resistance from the faltering ranks of green leaves. It created a spectacular autumnal canopy beneath my fixed gear.
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Eye to eye with a bear
Air & Space Magazine
In March 1966, I was operations officer of Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74) aboard the aircraft carrier Forrestal. After a long deployment in the Mediterranean Sea, the ship set a course for its home port, in Norfolk, Virginia. As soon as we'd cleared the Strait of Gibraltar, the ship went on "Bear Watch." "Bear" is NATO's designation for the Soviet Tupolev Tu-95, a large strategic bomber, sometimes armed with missiles but primarily used for electronic surveillance.
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The plane with panoramic pods to give passengers a pilot's eye view
Daily Mail
It is the perfect plane for anyone who really wants a pilot's eye view as they fly. A new concept plane puts passengers in pods underneath each wing, allowing them to get exactly the same view as the pilot. The firm behind it hopes the Triton will be used to take holidaymakers over some of the world's most beautiful areas. 'Triton affords passengers breakthrough panoramic views and luxury accommodations never before seen in sightseeing adventures and luxury travel,' the firm behind it, Micronautix, said.
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Sky Kings: Pilot passenger — Friend or foe?
FLYING
"Did you do something to my nav radios?" John was clearly confused, and I didn't know why. But John had just realized that steady needles didn't necessarily mean he was flying well. The flag for the glideslope confirmed his suspicion. We were flying an ILS approach in our old Comanche 250, in the clouds with weather just above minimums. As was occasionally the case, our No. 1 nav receiver had been behaving badly, with the needles on the indicator twitching and jumping.
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