IFA American Flyer
May. 15, 2013

FAA: Towers stay open through September
The 149 federal contract air traffic control towers previously targeted for closure beginning June 15 will remain open through Sept. 30 the FAA said, as other programs also found funding. The Department of Transportation said it would fund air traffic technology and maintenance programs with $21 million by moving funds within its budget. More

GAMA welcomes legislation to improve general aviation safety and development
Aviation Pros
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association recently welcomed the introduction of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013 by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo and a bipartisan group of U.S. House members. The bill, H.R. 1848, would establish a date certain for implementing the FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee recommendations, with the goal of doubling safety and cutting certification costs in half for small general aviation airplanes.More

Congress introduces bill to streamline approval of aviation technologies
Duluth News Tribune
Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., is one of nine bipartisan sponsors who introduced a bill that could streamline the approval process for new aviation technologies. Bill King, vice president of business administration for Cirrus Aircraft, headquartered in Duluth, Minn., said Cirrus enjoys an unusually harmonious relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration and has found its staff to be very responsive. But he noted many other companies — including airplane makers and manufacturers of aircraft components — don’t enjoy such well-established lines of communication with the administration.More

Introducing 'As the Hangar Doors Shut' aircraft maintenance blog
I Fly America
An inherent part of flying, good or bad, is aircraft maintenance. There's just no avoiding the necessity of it. Some of you take a hands-on, active role in the maintenance of your plane, while others of you leave it purely up to the aircraft mechanic. So, what really goes on behind the hangar doors? For a rare glimpse into that world, follow Brooks Margolien, president and chief technician of Aero Care, Inc., a state-of-the-art piston engine aircraft maintenance shop in Orange, Mass. Brooks has been an aircraft mechanic for over 23 years and has stories, insight, tips and more to share with you in his "As the Hangar Doors Shut" blog. Enjoy Brooks' easy, quirky style and feel free to reach out to him directly with any comments, questions or whatever you may have.More

IFA travel discounts available
I Fly America
Planning any upcoming getaways or summer vacations? Don't forget, IFA members receive deep discounts on hotels, vacation condo stays and car rental rates through the IFA Online Travel Booking Service. It's convenient and gives you the ability to check rates and book your hotel, car rental, airfare or condo rental all at the same time. Save big on time and money with IFA's Online Travel Booking Service — your one-stop travel shopping spot. Check rates and availability and make your reservations!More

Colors of the rainbow
FAA Safety Briefing via I Fly America
Most of us take vision — including our ability to see colors— for granted. As you might remember from ground school, the retina holds two kinds of photoreceptor cells: rods and cones. The rods are highly sensitive to light so they help a person see in dim light situations but they cannot differentiate between colors. Three types of cones (red, blue and green) provide the ability to perceive color.

The condition commonly called "color blindness," more accurately known as color vision deficiency, is usually an inherited condition caused by a defect in one or more of the cones, and it occurs more commonly in males. However, some pathological conditions can also affect a person's ability to see color.More

Join IFA on Facebook
I Fly America
Access IFA through Facebook. You will be able to read the latest news from IFA, network with other IFA members and connect with fellow aviators by sharing your favorite aviation photos and flying destinations.

If you're not already using Facebook, it's easy to set up your own free account. Once you're on Facebook and accessing the IFA page, you can easily invite your friends to join you as well. Visit us on Facebook and make sure to "Like" us today! More

Chopper pilot, passenger talk about downtown landing
Pilot Julia Link and photographer Karl Hedberg have flown together before to capture aerial photography of the Hawaiian islands. But this flight ended with the cameras on them. "Everything seemed fine. We did a photo flight. We were at 3,000 feet over Punchbowl. Everything seemed normal with the aircraft," said Link. "All of a sudden, it got real quiet. Engine quit. The low RPM horn came on."More

Obama's new budget proposal again includes general aviation user fees
Wichita Business Journal
President Barack Obama's newly released budget proposal includes a provision that the general aviation industry has long questioned and now fears could have a real-world negative effect. The new budget proposal includes a $100-per-flight user fee for general aviation aircraft.More

Report: Pilot ignored warnings before fatal crash
Longview News-Journal
A preliminary report on the crash of a small plane in New Mexico that killed three 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.More

Amateur airplane builders aren't deterred by fatal crash
Baltimore Sun
The number of amateur-built airplanes grows every year, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association. But such airplanes also make up a disproportionate share of general aviation accidents, including ones that end in fatalities — raising safety concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board that call for more pilot training and safety improvements for amateur-built planes.More

Airport simulator improves pilot's knowledge
Aviation International News
At first glance, some pilots might consider Aviation Tutorials' new Getting Around on the Ground software as a bit too basic to be useful for professional aviators. However, after a few hours of testing, the software program proves it has plenty of substance and value. More

Hang gliders return to 'The Crow'
The Idaho Statesman
After a three-year hiatus, hang gliders and paragliders recently resumed a 35-year tradition of launching from a plateau overlooking the Boise River near Lucky Peak Reservoir in Idaho. "We're glad to have this back. We're glad it's not a development," said Patrick Harper, a 12-year paragliding veteran. The gliders have been shut out since March 2010, when the city of Boise purchased the 700-acre Hammer Flat — once slated to become a 1,350-home development — in a short sale for $4.1 million.More

Montana high school students get up-close look at aviation
Billings Gazette
It didn't take long for Kylee Weidinger, 14, to get her money's worth after the five-hour drive from Lima, Mont., to Billings for the Aviation Career Exploration Academy. Just a few minutes into the first morning of the two-day education session, the high school freshman learned an essay she wrote earlier had earned her the only seat on a helicopter ride at Northern Skies Aviation.More

Retired pilot makes and sells airplanes
Omaha World-Herald
Military jets flew above farmland near Woodbine, Iowa, pushing 800 mph. Booming sounds, like bombs, detonated as the jets broke the sound barrier. Seven-year-old Jerry Ronk looked up in amazement. He wanted to do that. He wanted to fly planes. Today, the 67-year-old retiree in Omaha, Neb., builds them.More

'Secret of Flight' portable museum set to showcase Wright Brothers gliders
The Birmingham News
Montgomery, Ala.'s AviatorBar will sponsor the "Secret of Flight" portable museum during the second Montgomery Street Fair. The museum, which is hosted by the Wright Brothers Aeroplane Co., will be set up in the historic S.H. Kress Building. It will feature a 1902 Wright Glider, a 1901 Wright Bicycle and Air Foil Experiment, an 1899 Wright Kite, a 1903 Wright Flyer Flight Simulator and more.More