IFA American Flyer
Jan. 16, 2013

FAA urges maintenance of manual flight skills
AVweb
Autopilots and autothrottles commonly used on modern aircraft are useful tools but may have already led to degraded piloting skills, according to the FAA, which released a safety alert to encourage manual flight operations. In a Safety Alert for Operators, the FAA said flight operations data has identified "an increase in manual handling errors." The FAA's SAFO encourages operators to "take an integrated approach by incorporating emphasis of manual flight operations into both line operations and training."More

Michael Huerta sworn in as 17th FAA administrator
AvStop.com
On Jan. 9, United States Secretary of Transportation "Ray" LaHood administered the oath of office to America's 17th Federal Aviation Administrator, Michael Huerta. As Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator, Huerta positioned the agency to deliver the Next Generation Air Transportation System. NextGen is the FAA's cutting-edge program that will enable more on-time, fuel-efficient flights, a win-win situation for airlines and travelers alike. And he recently established a new organization within the agency to focus on implementing future major technology programs.More

Short field mistakes to avoid
Flying Magazine
The performance of any airplane is a function of the physics of the flight situation. Doing a great job flying the airplane will not in any way allow you or any pilot to make that airplane do anything it isn't inherently capable of doing. Poor pilot performance, on the other hand, can be credited with making many an airplane that you could easily land in 1,000 feet take up 5,000 feet of runway and keep right on rolling.More

Competitive and affordable aircraft financing available
I Fly America
The IFA Aircraft Finance Program is offered through a leading aircraft financing company that specializes in financing for general aviation and business aircraft nationwide. The program provides fast, easy and competitive financing and refinancing for new and used aircraft, from single engine pistons to twins and light jets, including Light Sport Aircraft, from $50,000 up to over $5 million in value. Learn more and receive a no-obligation quote!More

Texas Tech researcher seeks help with NTSB survey
General Aviation News
A doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University is researching how general aviation accident reports released by the NTSB and the retelling of those events influence aviation safety. Researcher Kristi Dunks said she is focusing on personal, agricultural, sightseeing, flight instruction, air tour and other flights.More

Carbon monoxide: A hidden killer
I Fly America
Any one of numerous blunders that the pilot of a Piper Cherokee made on a mid-winter night in Minnesota would have been enough to doom his flight. But what ultimately killed him and his passenger was carbon monoxide poisoning. There are good reasons why carbon monoxide deserves a prominent place in the Hall of Blame when it comes to insidious general aviation hazards.More

J-3 Cubs to highlight expo
Highlands Today
VideoBriefOpening day of the ninth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will showcase the arrival of several J-3 Cubs from throughout the southeastern United States to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this iconic general aviation aircraft. "We're excited to help Piper Aircraft celebrate the 75th anniversary of the J-3 Cub, and we're delighted to welcome Cub pilots from throughout the southeastern United States to join us at the Expo," said Jana Filip, expo director.More

Advances in technologies and regulations mean the best mix of airplanes, simulators and other resources are changing to enhance training
AVweb
In recent years, the general aviation community has complained our activity has grown too complicated and, as a result, applicants for the private pilot certificate now average about 70 or so hours before passing a checkride. Yes, aviation has gotten more complicated, but we should question the notion it takes that many hours in an airplane to become a competent private pilot. A corollary is that existing practices also can be improved to benefit existing pilots and enhance their recurrent training experience.More

Pilot quiz
I Fly America
1. How long may a pilot operate at cabin pressure altitudes between 12,500 and 14,000 feet without supplemental oxygen?

  1. Never
  2. 15 minutes
  3. 30 minutes
2. What happened on Nov. 1, 1973, affecting holders of free balloon certificates or holders of rotorcraft, lighter-than-air, helicopter and autogiro ratings without associated class ratings?
  1. They had to get new photo IDs.
  2. Their certificates became obsolete and no longer valid.
  3. They had to take written exams on new regulations.
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.More

ODOT eyeing improvements at general aviation airports as part of focus study
Business First
The Ohio Department of Transportation is taking a tour of the state to help shape funding priorities for future capital projects at Ohio's small airports. The department is trying to find out how the 97 publicly funded general aviation airports throughout Ohio contribute to their individual communities, what improvements are needed and what concerns exist about local airports.More

Small airports in New Jersey are disappearing
New Jersey Herald
The number of public use and general aviation airports in New Jersey has dropped from 82 in 1950 to 44 today, according to the state Department of Transportation. The sale of Newton Airport, located in Andover Township, makes it the latest airport to close, leaving Sussex County with three airports — Trinca in Green, Aeroflex-Andover in Andover and Sussex Airport in Wantage — according to the state. More

Companies that use GA doing better in economic recovery
General Aviation News
Businesses that rely on aviation not only did better during the Great Recession; they are already doing better in the recovery when compared to their ground-bound competitors, according to a new study. Companies that utilized business aviation "mitigated revenue losses and recovered more quickly than non-users. Further, companies using business aviation were quicker to hire back employees and have significantly grown their overall workforce since 2007, relative to non-users."More

Instructor encourages prospective pilots in the relatively affordable world of light sport aviation
Daily Inter Lake
In the winter, Joe Angle likes to grab a friend and put in a long day of ice fishing at one of Northwest Montana's backcountry lakes. And in his light sport aircraft, the amount of time he'll spend getting to a remote lake can be less than most people's daily commute to work. Angle is a certified light sport pilot instructor; he also offers assistance with purchase, building or maintenance of light sport aircraft. More