IFA American Flyer
Mar. 4, 2015

Medical reform tops list again in Pilot's Bill Of Rights 2
The Pilot's Bill of Rights 2, which would broaden third-class medical exemptions and expand legal rights, began its journey through the legislative assembly line this week as GA Caucus members in the U.S. Senate and House introduced companion bills. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., introduced S. 571 as an expansion of his legislation that was signed into law in 2012. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., co-chair of the House GA Caucus, introduced the companion bill H.R. 1062.More

How can fuel affect the aviation and marine industries?
By Ryan Clark
Nothing affects the transportation industry quite like fuel. Whether it's price, type or scarcity, the specter of gas always looms heavy over the industry of planes and boats. While states across the nation contemplate raising taxes on gas to pay for infrastructure repairs, airlines are experiencing higher-than-expected profits. It seems, now more than ever, low gas prices are helping alleviate pain at the pump, while also pushing economic and political movement forward. So why are so many in the transportation industry unhappy?More

First 3-D printed jet engine made in Australia
The world's first 3-D printed jet engine — a breakthrough for aerospace manufacturing and beyond — took the spotlight at the Avalon Airshow in Australia. Monash University in Melbourne and Amaero Engineering partnered to develop the engine to show how the technology can make a complex machine in a fraction of the time taken in traditional manufacturing. They garnered global attention from aerospace manufacturers, defense contractors and military entities visiting the expo, which is taking place in Geelong.More

FLYING Magazine available to IFA members
I Fly America
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Measuring fuel: How do you measure up?
By H. Dean Chamberlain, reprinted with permission of FAA Aviation News
A while ago, the Short Wing Piper Club's Internet chat room had an interesting discussion about how some of the members checked fuel quantity. Some used wooden sticks or dowels to measure (dip) their tanks. Others used pipettes to measure the fuel level. Pipettes are narrow diameter tubes used to collect fluid either by suction or by being inserted into a liquid and then closing the upper end of the tube to retain the fluid. In the case of measuring fuel, one end of the tube is inserted vertically to the bottom of the tank, and the open end is blocked with a finger so that the tube retains the amount of fuel that corresponds to the level of fuel in the tank. More

IFA pilot quiz — Aviation 1sts
I Fly America
It is common understanding that the Wright Brothers were first to build and fly a controllable airplane, but in the more than 100 years since that flight there have been many other firsts in flight. See if you can correctly identify these ten.

1. What was the first international body set up for flyers?

2. In what and where was the first fully controlled aerial journey from point to point made? Continue the quiz and find out the answers.More

Accident report — Inadequate evaluation of weather — Piper PA-12
I Fly America
About 1230 Alaska daylight time, a tundra-tire equipped Piper PA-12 airplane sustained substantial damage when it nosed over during the landing roll at a remote landing area, about 62 miles west of Arctic Village, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country personal flight when the accident occurred. The airplane was operated by the pilot. The airline transport certificated pilot, and the sole passenger, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight originated at the Galbraith Lake Airport, Galbraith Lake, Alaska, about 1205. No flight plan was filed, nor was one required. More

Jury award raises importance of aircraft maintenance, inspections
By Ryan Clark
A California jury recently found an airplane mechanic liable for the crashing death of a Napa physician, awarding the victim's family $13.3 million. This decision effectively flies in the face of a previous National Transportation Safety Board finding that initially blamed the tragedy on pilot error. The jury's decision once again raises the importance of regular aircraft maintenance and preemptive inspections.More

Ice runways aren't as crazy as they sound
After several brutal months, most of America is ready to see winter's backside. But for aviation enthusiasts in New England, the longer and colder the season, the better. As long as the waters of Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire stay frozen, pilots can use the only FAA-certified, plowed ice runway in the continental U.S. Weather permitting, Alton Bay is used by about 50 seaplanes each month. But come the freeze, conventional aircraft come in droves. More

Crowds mourned daring flier at Orlando rail station in 1926
Orlando Sentinel
Recently, dignitaries gathered at Florida's Orlando Executive Airport to honor one of the most fascinating figures to walk across the stage of the city's history: Bessie Coleman, a glamorous, gutsy black aviation pioneer who gained a coveted international pilot's license in 1921, before Amelia Earhart. Born Jan. 26, 1892, in Texas, Coleman moved in 1915 to Chicago. When her brothers returned to the Windy City from World War I, they described a lack of prejudice in France and also told tales of wartime aviation. Coleman's mind was made up: She would learn to fly. More

Solar-powered airplane prepares for groundbreaking around-the-world flight
When Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first sustained, powered, heavier-than-air flight at the turn of the 20th century, few people who weren't science fiction enthusiasts envisioned that their small craft was the precursor of a major mode of international transportation. So it's probably best not to scoff at Solar Impulse and Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered airplane, the first solar airplane able to sustain flight at night with a pilot on board.More

Blackhawk Modifications taps Executive Flight Training for pilot training
General Aviation News
Blackhawk Modifications of Waco, Texas, has named Executive Flight Training of Beaufort, South Carolina, as an authorized pilot training center for all twin-engine aircraft models for which Blackhawk provides PT6A engine upgrades. Executive Flight Training will be able to teach pilots how to get the most from their new PT6A engine upgrades with instruction specifically oriented towards the proper operation of all Blackhawk upgraded aircraft, according to Blackhawk officials. More

Small plane's landing gear collapses touching down at California airport
Orange County Register
A single-engine plane's landing gear collapsed while touching down at Santa Ana, California's, John Wayne Airport, but the pilot and passenger on board escaped injury, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi. The Mooney aircraft was forced to land on its belly, said Jenny Wedge, spokeswoman for the airport. More

Integration of small UAS into US aviation system
The Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration recently proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems in today's aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS — under 55 pounds — conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations.More