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Jul. 30, 2014

This record-breaking electric plane stomps gas-powered Cessna
When Chip Yates started working on his electric airplane in 2012, he wasn't trying to make conventional, gas-powered aircraft look slow. That hasn't changed, Yates says. "That was not the design goal." But he's happy to point out his plane is as fast or faster than its competitors that run on single piston gas engines. The five world records he set last year for electric planes were finally officially verified by the Fédération Aéronautique International, and now he can officially claim bragging rights.More

Odd jobs: aerobatic pilot
According to author Jennifer Reading: It's just another day at the office for Dan Marcotte. "Some days it's good; some days it's not," Marcotte said. "No different than any other office." The Bakersfield, Vermont, native is an aerobatic pilot, making a living entertaining audiences at air shows. Today, he's letting us tag along. "Alright, see you in a few minutes," he said. And with that, his ultimate biplane is off.More

Cessna introduces Turbo Skyhawk JT-A
Two years after Cessna announced its intent to develop a diesel-powered Skylane 182, Textron Aviation announced at the opening day of AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a similar modification program to the most produced airplane in the world — the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Besides being powered by jet-A fuel, which is generally more plentiful and less expensive than 100LL avgas, the new Turbo Skyhawk JT-A will have a significant boost in range, allowing the four-seat airplane to travel as far as 1,012 nm.More

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H2-OH! — How water and heat create haze, humidity and hurricanes
By James Williams
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
What comes to mind when you think of water? Chances are good that it conjures up images of something like a placid lake, or memories of how good a glass of fresh water can taste when you are really tired and thirsty. Now think about heat — an especially appealing idea as we collectively emerge from the dark and dreary cold of winter. As with placid water, the notion of heat's soothing warmth conveys calm and cozy comfort. Now put them together. Oops. Different story. More

IFA pilot quiz — Aviation safety
I Fly America
Every FAA Administrator proudly declares that safety is the primary concern of the administration. (It's often quipped that if a new mop was needed in the FAA building it would be reported as a safety purchase.) But, safety is a serious subject. Let's test some safety questions.

1. The aviation safety and reporting system was developed and is operated by the:

2. If an emergency landing must be made in trees, it is best to:
Continue the quiz and find out the answers. More

Amelia Earhart's 1935 story on becoming 1st to fly from Hawaii to California
National Geographic
Since the dawn of transcontinental flight, pilots have pushed the bounds of long-distance flight. In an article written for National Geographic, Earhart recounted her...More

Cockpit invention promises to boost pilot spatial awareness
Air Traffic Management
An Australian pilot stands to revolutionize the global aviation industry with his world-first idea for a cockpit lighting system that could solve the problem of spatial disorientation. Spatial...More

Rising stars: 5 planes that will change aviation
It might be a Madison Avenue cliché, but the notion that "new and improved" sells is certainly in aviation, whether you're talking about big airplanes or small ones. Buyers want more of everything, speed, range, payload, safety...More

Amelia Earhart's 1935 story on becoming 1st to fly from Hawaii to California
National Geographic
Since the dawn of transcontinental flight, pilots have pushed the bounds of long-distance flight. In an article written for National Geographic, Earhart recounted her groundbreaking flight as the first pilot to fly from Hawaii to the United States mainland. This article was published in May 1935, three years after she became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic and two years before she disappeared.More

Wisconsin looks to lure aviation businesses to Wittman Regional Airport
The Oshkosh Northwestern
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, enjoys a global reputation for aviation one week each year that local officials want to parlay into a thriving industry the other 51 weeks of the year. The Experimental Aircraft Association has ensured that "Oshkosh" and "The Spirit of Aviation" are synonymous for more than three decades now. It continues a connection that dates back to Sylvester "Steve" Wittman, a man who got his pilot's license from Orville Wright, and continues today with innovators like Sonex Aircraft and Basler Turbo Conversions.More

WWII veterans tell stories by historic planes
Coon Rapids Herald
Basil Hackleman looked up the step ladder into the depths of an old bomber plane similar to one he flew on 11 missions during World War II and recalled how as a 22-year-old man he would jump up and grab the edge of the door to swing himself inside the plane. Hackleman and the other nine teenage boys in his crew needed to squeeze into tight spaces as they and the rest of the Army Air Corps fought Nazi Germany.More