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Aug. 13, 2014

BendixKing launches inflight Internet service
This past spring, BendixKing announced the AeroWave 100 inflight Internet system for general aviation. Now the avionics maker has revealed a pricing plan for the service that's unique for charging customers not for how much data they consume but for the amount of time they're logged on. The AeroWave 100 system transmits its data through an Inmarsat L-band satellite at speeds of 150 to 200 kbps. More

Wisconsin performer pilot lands for the last time
La Crosse, Wisconsin, resident Bill Blank is an aerobatic pilot who puts on a performance in the sky that's hard to forget. Blank has performed for 26 years and recently took off for one last flight in front of his hometown crowd. Blank has been flying a plane for 46 years. For 26 of those years, he has spent spinning through the sky at airshows throughout the country. While he's not done flying, at 71-years-old, Blank is hanging up his performing wings, but not before one more victory lap through the La Crosse sky.More

California man gets two years for laser incident
The FAA and FBI have been cracking down on perpetrators who shine lasers at aircraft in flight. Since the FBI began keeping track of such incidents in 2005, there have been more than 17,000 laser strikes — nearly 4,000 in 2013 alone. During the first three months of 2014, the FBI reported an average of 9.5 laser incidents a day.More

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Report on heat dangers
I Fly America
Reprinted with permission of FAA Aviation News
From the IFR pilot holding for a clearance, to the air show pilot waiting to perform, or to the glider pilot working a hot summer thermal, each is at risk from the heat and more importantly, from the danger of not drinking enough water. Heat related problems can be as deadly to a pilot as the lack of oxygen. We seldom discuss heat problems and their effects on the ability of a pilot to control an aircraft in flight. More

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California man gets two years for laser incident
The FAA and FBI have been cracking down on perpetrators who shine lasers at aircraft in flight. Since the FBI began keeping track of such incidents in 2005, there have been more than 17,000 laser strikes — nearly...More

New ultra-thin film may protect pilots from laser beams
CBC News
A University of Moncton physicist is hoping a new ultra-thin film, that can be applied to the windshield of commercial airplanes, may keep the skies safer by blocking laser beams...More

FAA: Hangars no place for homebuilders
The FAA says most of the work involved in building an airplane is a "non-aeronautical use" and it has singled out homebuilders in a new proposed policy statement. Policy on the Non-Aeronautical Use Of Airport Hangars says...More

South Carolina pilot receives Wright Brothers award for safe flying
The State
Eddie Smith of York, South Carolina, is quite the talker, especially when it comes to his passion. Smith can spin tale after tale at an almost frantic pace that never seems to end. Yet when Smith is doing the thing he's passionate about, he is all business. He checks the gauges constantly. The fuel mixture must be exact. He consults the manual to see that everything is balanced. No detail is too small, and all moving parts are inspected. Weather and wind get a check too.More

Questions continue about lithium batteries
New rules recently have addressed the safety of shipping lithium batteries in air cargo, but a recent newspaper story raised questions about their use in electronic devices in the cockpit of passenger airplanes. "Because many airlines are replacing paper charts with laptops and tablet computers, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration conducted tests on what would happen if one of their rechargeable lithium-ion battery cells ignited," according to news report.More

Wheels Up celebrates 1st anniversary
General Aviation News
Private aviation company Wheels Up is celebrating its first year of operations. In 12 months, Wheels Up has signed up 575 members, taken delivery of 25 aircraft in its private fleet, and has established strategic alliances with Beechcraft, Cessna, Jet Aviation, JetSuite, HeliFlite and VistaJet. More

Montana aviation program helps meet growing need for pilots
Billings Gazette
From the time he was 10 years old, Tyler Reed knew he wanted to be an airplane pilot. It all started when a family friend, a retired airline pilot who owned his own plane, shared his own enthusiasm for flying with Reed. "It kind of sprouted from there, looking at airplanes, studying them, riding in a flight simulator," said Reed, 22, a 2014 Rocky Mountain College graduate. "It made me know I wanted to pursue a whole career in aviation." Reed's timing is good.More