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Mar. 14, 2012

Avgas coalition says no immediate threat to supply
AVweb
Aviation groups say avgas will continue to be available despite an escalation of Friends of the Earth's efforts to force the EPA to deal with the last remaining leaded fuel. Friends of the Earth recently filed a lawsuit against the EPA, alleging the agency hasn't moved quickly enough on a petition filed in 2006 to eliminate leaded fuel. "Despite the lawsuit, the near-term availability of leaded aviation fuel is not threatened in any way," the GA Avgas Coalition said in a joint statement.More

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On thin ice: A little frost won't hurt ... or will it?
FAA Aviation News Magazine via IFA
It's a cold and clear winter weekend morning. Your airplane needs exercise. You don't have a lot of time; plenty of chores to do back home, but you are eager to oblige before the next round of winter storms keeps you both bound to the ground. You eagerly walk across the ramp, anticipating the freedom of the sky and the higher performance you expect in the colder and "thicker" winter air.

Uh-oh. Your eye catches the glimmer of sunlight reflecting off your faithful flying machine, but you know that glint isn't coming from a clean or freshly waxed airplane. Rather, it is coming from sunlight shining on the layer of frost covering nearly every exposed surface of the airplane. As you draw closer, though, you see that the layer of "frosting" isn't terribly thick; in fact, the sun is already beginning to melt it away. The ice may be thin, but the questions come thick and fast. Learn more.More

Near-midair collisions occur every few days
Aviation Pros
Near-midair collisions are relatively rare events, but they do happen every few days at airports large and small across the United States. Ninety near-midair collisions were reported to the Federal Aviation Administration in 2010, the last year for which complete national statistics are available. Because they are reported voluntarily, the statistics probably do not include every case.More

Pilot lands plane safely without landing gear
Seacoastonline.com
When the landing gear on his twin-engine Cessna failed while flying over Pennsylvania, pilot Chuck Burkhead said he did what any trained operator would've done. He landed the plane without it — and without any injuries.More

Ethanol-free fuel now at California's Sonoma Jet Center
General Aviation News
Sonoma Jet Center now sells ethanol-free 91 octane unleaded gasoline for use in aircraft at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif. It is the first full service jet center in California to sell ethanol-free unleaded gasoline for aircraft. The fuel will be sold on an assisted-serve basis using Sonoma Jet Center's NATA Safety 1st trained line service staff.More

More airport security needs likely in future
The Yuma Sun
A conclusion has come in a long-running dispute over how to protect the interests of private pilots who use the Yuma, Ariz., airport and the interests of the military in ensuring the shared facility is secure. Although there has been an ongoing discussion of security issues at the airport, which is jointly used by the Marine Corps and civilian aviation, it came to a head with the anticipated arrival of America's newest fighter jet, the F-35, in the next year or so.More

Iowa trooper makes emergency landing after geese strike
KCCI-TV
VideoBriefIowa State Trooper Scott Pigsley was on his way back to Atlantic from Sioux City early in the morning when his plane hit a flock of geese. Pictures of the plane show multiple dents on the wings, a broken wheel cover and blood on the outside of the aircraft. "It was dark and all of the sudden I heard a big bang; the plane shook," said Pigsley. Encountering flocks of geese is one such situation that Pigsley said all pilots train for because it can often be a problem. More

Pilot actions, multiple STCs cited in Skymaster crash
AVweb
The National Transportation Safety Board says a high-speed pitch-up "consistent with an ostentatious display" snapped the wing of a Cessna 337 and resulted in the deaths of all five people onboard at Farmingdale, N.J., on Feb. 15, 2010. The board also said data recovered from the Skymaster's GPS showed the aircraft was going about 160 knots when witnesses reported it pitched up steeply. The aircraft was placarded with a maximum maneuvering speed of 135 knots.More

Pilot putting region's old airports on the radar
Chicago Tribune
Veteran pilot Nick Selig is flying solo on a mission to salute Chicagoland's ghost airports, the grass airfields carved out of farmland that helped sow the seeds of victory in World War II. Almost all of the approximately 45 airports are long gone. Some are abandoned while others are buried under the highways, shopping malls and residential subdivisions of suburban Chicago.More

Betty Skelton, the First Lady of Aviation
Investor's Business Daily
When aerobatic pilot Betty Skelton first tried the daring inverted ribbon cut, she flew underneath the strip and felt the engine quit. She was just few feet off the ground and upside down to boot. "I never made that mistake again," Skelton said, laughing during a 1999 interview for a National Aeronautics and Space Administration oral history project. "But I've made quite a few. All pilots do."More

Indiana governor declares March 'GA Appreciation Month'
Aero-News Network
National aviation organizations applauded Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for signing a proclamation declaring the month of March "General Aviation Appreciation Month." According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, general aviation contributes more than $4.9 billion in economic activity to the state, supporting more than 18,000 jobs.More