IFA American Flyer
Dec. 3, 2014

FAA testing of 100LL replacement fuels begins
The FAA has launched Phase I testing of four unleaded aviation fuels at its William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, officially beginning aviation's much heralded transition away from low lead avgas. Two fuels developed by Swift Fuels and one fuel each developed by Shell and Total are now undergoing laboratory and rig testing, which is expected to continue for the next year as the FAA seeks to start phasing out 100LL avgas as early as 2018.More

Huerta: UAS rules stress certification, pilot standards
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said that rulemaking planned for the end of this year on unmanned aerial systems will focus on aircraft certification and "qualifications" of pilots. "I can't say what is going to be in it but broadly speaking, what we are looking at are all the questions relating to how we certify the aircraft and what are the qualifications of the operator as well as what uses they can be put to," Huerta told CNN's State of the Union.More

IFA has partnered with Office Depot to bring members a FREE national discount program
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Ice belongs in drinks
By Meredith Saini, reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News
The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) describes the various types of airframe icing, the conditions under which it can form, and the negative effects it can have on airplane performance. It also offers guidance to pilots on how to give a pilot report (PIREP) on in-flight icing conditions. Depending on where the icing conditions are encountered and at what temperature and altitude, ice can form as clear ice, rime ice (cloudy appearance), or some combination of the two. Ice can form quickly, often in just a few minutes — the time it takes to climb or descend a few thousand feet through a layer of juicy clouds. Unless the aircraft is equipped with some kind of anti-icing or de-icing system, ice can accumulate rapidly on the leading edges of the wings, the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, propeller and windscreen. More

IFA pilot quiz — Before, during and after
I Fly America
As pilots there are many things to know and to think about before, during and after a flight. Take this quiz and see just how much you retain of what you know.

1. Hold short lines indicate where a taxiing aircraft must stop and hold if not cleared to enter or cross a runway. How far can these lines be from the runway?

2. Runway status lights are comprised of how many areas? Continue the quiz and find out the answers. More

Accident Report — Over gross, under speed equals fatal results — Cessna 172N
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A Cessna 172N was destroyed after colliding with forested terrain approximately 1,300 feet north of the Decatur Shores Airstrip, Decatur Island, Washington. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) scheduled passenger flight under the provisions of Title 14, CFR Part 135, when the accident occurred. The pilot, an airline transport pilot, and the two passengers aboard the airplane were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was in effect. The pilot's planned destination was Anacortes, Washington. More

'Practical Guide to the Private Pilot Checkride' released
General Aviation News
New is "The Practical Guide to the Private Pilot Checkride," which helps private pilot applicants organize and prioritize ground school materials and practical skills in preparation for the checkride. Designed as a study guide, this book clarifies in "plain language" exactly what student pilots must know and demonstrate during the oral portion of the FAA Practical Exam, and provides information for the flight portion of the test, according to ASA officials.More

GA's difficult climb back
According to author Woody Beck: I am a 68-year-old Baby Boomer who got his private certificate in 1975 with the University of Michigan Flyers at the Ann Arbor, Michigan, airport. At that time, the Flyers had five Cessna 150s, a Skyhawk, a Piper Arrow and a Citabria. Within a few months, a twin was added to the fleet, which continued to grow. There were some 200 university students, and some faculty, involved and most of the Club instructors were students at the U. There was an excitement about aviation.More

The best fuel for the pilot
General Aviation News
You strive to ensure your airplane is airworthy, but what about the most important thing in the cockpit: you? Are you eating properly to ensure peak performance inflight? That's especially difficult these days, with fast food restaurants on every corner and junk food so easily accessible. Many people still believe the standard food pyramid is the best way to eat.More