IFA American Flyer
Dec. 5, 2012

Tips on breaking in your engine
General Aviation News
Never run an aircraft engine on the ground for more than about three minutes. If you need more time, shut the engine off and let it cool down until you can rest your hand on the cylinder, and then you can run it for another three minutes. A fresh engine runs much hotter before it is broken in due to poor ring to cylinder contact.More

Drone crashes mount at civilian airports
The Washington Post
The U.S. Air Force drone, on a classified spy mission over the Indian Ocean, was destined for disaster from the start. An inexperienced military contractor, flying by remote control from a trailer, committed blunder after blunder in six minutes on April 4. It was the latest in a rash of U.S. military drone crashes at overseas civilian airports in the past two years. The accidents reinforce concerns about the risks of flying the robot aircraft outside war zones, including in the United States. More

NextGen technology launched in western Colorado
General Aviation News
The FAA and the Colorado Department of Transportation have activated new NextGen technology that will help pilots address inclement weather around Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) in western Colorado. The technology, known as Wide Area Multilateration, improves safety and efficiency by allowing air traffic controllers to track aircraft in mountainous areas that are outside radar coverage, FAA officials explain.More

IFA members get free shipping
I Fly America
IFA members receive special product offers and free shipping on aviation products purchased from Gulf Coast Avionics. As soon as you join IFA, you'll receive a special offer code to use whether ordering online or by phone. The savings from your free shipping will easily cover the cost of your IFA membership. Learn more and join IFA today!More

GIFT provides free ground and flight training
What compelled 45 women from Anchorage to Chesterfield, N.H., to trek to Vernon, Texas, a tiny north-Texas town where there are more trucks than cars? The women had heard about a unique program called Girls in Flight Training Academy that provides free ground and flight instruction for women in all stages of flight training. According to Patti Shannon, the promise of free flight training was certainly a big draw, but she and many others were in pursuit of something that can't be logged.More

Documentary tells about pioneering Indiana woman who flew
Indianapolis Star
When Margaret Ray Ringenberg completed her first solo flight in 1941 at the age of 19, some people said women didn't belong in the cockpit. But the Indiana pilot proved them wrong, launching a long career in aviation that included service in World War II, a stint in airplane racing and shuttling Indiana senators to Washington.More

Is your aircraft winterized?
FAA Aviation News via I Fly America
The first step in winterizing your aircraft is to review your aircraft's flight manual or pilot operating handbook. If your aircraft is very old, its documentation may not contain as much information as newer aircraft, but it is a starting point. How you winterize your aircraft depends upon its construction. Learn some tips on how to prepare your aircraft for winter flight operations.More

Young glider pilot soars with the birds
The Progress
You may think that soaring a few thousand feet in the air under no power except forward momentum and wind would count as an extreme sport, something prone to dramatic accidents and practiced mostly by teenage boys in logo-emblazoned jackets. Instead, Thomas Ploch said, "Gliders are very safe. The most dangerous part of gliding is driving to the airport." In fact, he thought it was the perfect activity for his 14-year-old daughter.More

Solar-powered plane aims to fly around the world
CBS News
In 1903, the Wright brothers became the first men to fly. Twenty-four years later, Charles Lindbergh became the first to fly over the Atlantic. Coming soon ... another possible breakthrough. Two Swiss gentlemen have built a plane which they hope to fly across the United States next spring and then around the world without burning an ounce of fuel.More

What happens when a helicopter's engine fails?
Decoded Science
Many people think that if the engine fails in a helicopter, you’re doomed. They assume that the aircraft will simply fall out of the sky like a stone, and that the pilot will be utterly helpless. But nothing could be further from the truth.More

Pilot quiz
I Fly America
1. How many types of flight weather advisories are there?

  1. Two — SIGMET and AIRMET
  2. Three — SIGMET, Convective SIGMET and AIRMET
  3. One — AIRMET
2. When necessary to report an incident or accident, the report should be made as soon as possible to:
  1. the nearest National Transportation Safety Board field office
  2. the nearest Federal Aviation Administration field office
  3. the nearest local law enforcement agency
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.More

More planes hit with laser strikes over North Texas
Two cargo planes landing at Fort Worth's Alliance airport were hit by blinding green lasers the night of Nov. 28. Earlier that week, the pilot of a passenger jet landing at DFW International Airport reported a laser strike at 2,000 feet over Arlington. The Federal Aviation Administration has logged 68 laser strikes over North Texas in 2012, and expects the national total to top 3,700 this year.More

New AD adopted for Stemme GmbH and Co. sailplanes
Federal Aviation Administration
The Federal Aviation Administration has adopted a new airworthiness directive for all Stemme GmbH & Co. KG Models S10, S10-V, and S10-VT powered sailplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as unapproved rubber hoses installed in the engine fuel, oil, and cooling systems, which could lead to a system leak and result in an engine fire.More