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As 2013 comes to a close, IFA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the IFA American Flyer a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 1.
Small plane belly landing
From April 18:The 92-year-old pilot radioed his plane was having landing gear problems. He was eventually able to guide his Piper PA30 down safely.
Report: Pilot ignored warnings before fatal crash
From March 12:
A preliminary report on the crash of a small plane in New Mexico that killed three members of a former Marshall family says the pilot was warned against taking off in windy conditions.
In its report on the March 3 crash, the National Transportation Safety Board says winds at Angel Fire, N.M., were gusting to 54 mph with a sustained speed of 38 mph at the time of the crash.
Carburetor ice: Forced landing caught on video
From Feb. 14: A scenic birthday flight over rural Utah went sour after suspected carburetor ice caused a loss of power. Pilot Lynn Goodsell offered to bring Kayla Fielding, her husband Jonathan and infant son for a ride in his 1960 Cessna 175B to help celebrate her birthday.
Jonathan Fielding switched on his telephone video camera after Goodsell advised his passengers he was going to perform an emergency landing due to the power loss.
Inside the cockpit with pilot who landed small plane in the Hudson River
NY Daily News
From Jan. 28: Deniece De Priester successfully landed in the icy river off Yonkers Sunday night after the engine of her just-purchased Piper PA-32 stalled in mid-air.
“We had no time to re-start it,” De Priester, 39, of East Windsor, N.J., told The Daily News from her bed at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. “I knew I had to land the plane. We came in very nice and safely — that’s why we are okay.”
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Pilots uninjured after mid-air collision forces landings
From Feb. 1: Two planes traveling 8 miles south east of Easterwood Airport collided in mid-air. The Cessna 150 belongs to a Texas A&M Flying Club, which is not affiliated with the university. It was occupied by an instructor pilot and student pilot. Although it's too early to tell, the Federal Aviation Administration says the club plane's right front tire smashed through the windshield of a single engine plane reportedly flown by a person coming to visit relatives. The visiting pilot was unscathed and managed to land his plane safely on the Easterwood tarmac.
Navy aviators assist civilian pilot
From Sept. 6: Three naval aviators assigned to Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center assisted a civilian pilot Thursday night in arriving safely to the Fallon Municipal Airport.
Aviators Lt. Shawn Navinskey, Lt. Johnathan Sheater and Lt. Matthew Sullivan were on their way back to the runway at Naval Air Station Fallon when the base air traffic controllers notified them of a civilian pilot, James Epperson, in military air space.
Connecticut Senate passes bill saying Wright brothers no longer 1st to fly New York Daily News
New York Daily News
From June 6: The Wright brothers may be history.
Textbooks across the country could soon be stripping the famed aviation duo from their pages to put in a new name for the honor of first in flight: Gustave Whitehead.
The Connecticut Senate passed a bill just after midnight after determining Orville and Wilbur Wright were not first, but accepting a long-disputed claim, flew two years after a German immigrant living in Boston and New York.
Midair collision over Southern California kills 1
From April 30: Authorities say one person was killed after two small airplanes collided in midair over mountains in Southern California, sending one crashing into a rocky ridge while the second was able to maneuver a belly-flop landing on a nearby golf course.
Rescuers searching through the wreckage of the plane that crashed found the body of a man believed to be the pilot. Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the pilot is believed to have been the only one on board.
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Wright Brothers not 1st to fly?
From March 14: In a startling announcement, Jane's All the World's Aircraft has named an August 1901 flight by Connecticut aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead as the first successful powered flight in history, beating the Wright Brothers by more than two years. Jane's, which calls itself the world's foremost authority on aviation history, with great authority, has traditionally backed the Wrights as first in flight. Now they say the evidence for Whitehead's flight is strong enough for the publication to reverse course and recognize it as the first successful powered flight.
FAA looking into dangerous stunt at North Texas airport
From Jan. 22: A dangerous stunt on a North Texas runway was no accident.
It is 19 seconds of adrenaline; 19 seconds that have caught the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration.
The online video that shows a biplane maneuvering at a high rate of speed past a man on an all-terrain vehicle and a second person holding the camera has gone viral, with more than 19,000 views on YouTube.
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