IFA American Flyer
Feb. 11, 2015

Pilot and wife use iPads to help crash-land plane
You'll never get me up in a single-engine plane. The principle reason is that it has one single engine. There seems, to my untrained brain, little room for error. Yet over South Dakota, an unnamed pilot and his wife, whose blood pressures are clearly exemplary reacted to the loss of their plane's lone engine with singular sang-froid.More

FAA updates knowledge exam
As of recently, pilots taking the FAA knowledge exams for the private pilot certificate will no longer need to suffer through questions pertaining to outdated systems and procedures. A new question database, which is scheduled to become active, excludes questions that were deemed no longer pertinent. Questions regarding NDB, Radar Summary Charts, En Route Flight Advisory Service, Medevac and Transcribed Weather Broadcast are no more. More

Neil Armstrong souvenirs revealed
For one of the most famous people in the world, the first man on the moon was notoriously private and one of Neil Armstrong's little secrets is now in the hands of the Smithsonian. Armstrong took one last step for posterity while evacuating the Eagle lander for the trip from moon orbit back to Earth. He tucked a number of small parts from the lunar module into his temporary stowage bag. His wife Carol found the bag while cleaning out one her late husband's closets after he died in August of 2012. More

Pilot and plane reunited 57 years later
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Recently, in one of the remotest parts of northern San Diego's backcountry, Robert Jones gently touched the fuselage of the Navy jet fighter he last saw more than 57 years ago as he was ejecting in cloud cover at 12,000 feet. "I'm sorry," he said to what was left of the plane, taking off his VFA-146 squadron hat and slightly bowing. "It's emotional to look at it honestly," Jones said. "The airplane was almost new. It has less than 12 hours on it from the factory. It was a shame to lose it." 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 $54,000 up to over $5 million in value. Learn more and receive a no-obligation quote! More

Financing aircraft improvements
I Fly America, reprinted with permission from AirFleet Capital, Inc.
Historically, active aircraft owners tend to trade-up to a newer aircraft every three years or so. Today, that trend has shifted and we are seeing owners keep their aircraft longer, likely a result of recent economic conditions and its impact on personal income, net worth and liquidity. The most economical option for some in today's market is to keep their current aircraft, and upgrade some of the components. In conjunction with this, we are often asked the question "Can I finance upgrades on my aircraft?" More

Accident Report — Fatigue failure of No. 4 engine cylinder head results in loss of engine power
I Fly America
About 1415 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 206 airplane sustained substantial damage during a forced landing shortly after takeoff from the Homer Airport, Homer, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as scheduled domestic commuter flight. The commercial pilot was not injured; the two passengers sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and company flight following procedures were in effect. More

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What customers say they want vs. what they really want
According to the author Paul Bertorelli: I've been covering and writing about businesses of various kinds for a long time and I'm trying to recall if executives always coveted buzz phrases the way they do now. Probably they have, but I just found it less obnoxious when I was younger. (Now, everything is obnoxious. Didn't I warn you about being on my lawn?) One buzz phrase making the rounds a decade ago was "voice of the customer."More

A new adventure
General Aviation News
Three years ago, I relocated from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Seattle, Washington. Though I had a lot of experience flying in a variety of weather conditions and in mountainous terrain, I didn't have a lot of hard IFR flight time. I viewed this not as problem, but as an opportunity to hone my IFR skills flying in conditions that were challenging in different ways than those I had experienced in Utah. More

Teen aviation weekend is all about passion for planes
Statesman Journal
Sitting at long tables inside a large, blue metal building, a group of teens, ages 14-17, listened intently to several experts talk of the inner workings of sport aviation and aerospace. They were at the Independence State Airport for the fourth annual teen aviation weekend. A total of 14 youths from across the Mid-Valley gathered in the Experimental Aircraft Association building within the air park to examine model planes and listen to aviation presentations. More

The new avgas
Aviation Pros
Looking back 25 years, no one would have thought there would be a problem with having enough avgas to fly general aviation aircraft. Now there are price issues and environmental concerns. There have been a couple of significant events regarding avgas recently. First, a major player has announced its unleaded 100+ octane avgas, and the second, the federal government has set aside money for testing candidate fuels and published a very detailed roadmap of the steps for testing fuels from the companies developing candidate fuels. More

Runway, hangars to attract new business to North Dakota airport
The Dickinson Press
The new $14 million Bowman Municipal Airport in North Dakota is set to open in late May, and officials with the Bowman County Commission and the Bowman County Airport Authority are hopeful it will boost more than just air travel. "It's gonna be a great asset for years and years," said Bill Bowman, a county commissioner and state legislator from Bowman. One of the main features of the new airport is the longer, reinforced concrete runway, which will allow the airport to manage more traffic.More