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NBAA blasts latest user fee push in president's budget proposal
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The National Business Aviation Association denounced the latest attempt from the White House to impose a per-flight user fee on general aviation, and said industry would need to engage Congress to stop the renewed threat. Per-flight user fees are included in President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2013 federal spending proposal, released Feb. 13, which sets budgets for government agencies. Specifically, page 30 of the president's budget overview states: "...the Administration proposes to create a $100 per-flight fee, payable to the Federal Aviation Administration, by aviation operators who fly in controlled airspace." More

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Tips on winter flying
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Winter flying poses unique challenges for the general aviation pilot — from preflight planning, all the way through to descent and landing. Click here for a few ideas to consider for a safe flight. More

Next step for Pilot's Bill of Rights
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The Pilot's Bill of Rights is moving along through Congress after Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., recently introduced a companion bill to one introduced last year in the Senate by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., which now has more than 60 co-sponsors. The two bills are meant to improve the relationship between general aviation pilots, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board. Currently, if the FAA is investigating a flight, that agency will deny pilots access to critical information that is part of the investigation. Among other enforcement related provisions, the Bill of Rights requires the FAA to notify a pilot who is the subject of an investigation. More

Emergency Airworthiness Directive sent to owners and operators of Mooney models M20TN and M20R planes
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This emergency AD was prompted by a report of an incident on a Mooney Model M20TN airplane regarding the tail pitch trim assembly. In this report, the affected airplane experienced an uncommanded significant pitch up attitude within seconds after takeoff and during the climb. The pilot then pushed the yoke forward and the aircraft still maintained a nose-up attitude. The pilot and copilot had to use their knees to hold forward pressure on the flight controls to aid in preventing a departure from controlled flight. They had to maintain between 80 to 100 percent power to keep the aircraft at about 90 knots indicated airspeed to prevent the airplane from stalling. More

FAA bill requires preservation and sharing of vintage aircraft data
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Fans of American aviation are celebrating a landmark victory for the preservation and accessibility of historic aircraft data as the recently passed FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act 2012 makes its way to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature. The cause for celebration is a small, but significant amendment that requires the FAA to protect aircraft technical drawings and other design data from the dawn civil aviation in the United States. The amendment mandates the preservation of vintage aircraft design data for 1,257 different makes and models of aircraft built in the United States from March 1927 through November 1939. More

Air traffic controller awarded for navigating pilot to safety
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VideoBriefKristina Kurtz, a controller at Anchorage Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), received a prestigious national award for navigating a pilot to safety in November. Kurtz received the Archie League Medal of Safety award from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. She helped talk a general aviation pilot to make a safe landing through white-out conditions at Merrill Field on Nov. 6, 2011. More

Instructor pilots give guidance on autorotation training
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"Infrequent autorotation training is dangerous," said Chad Oakley, chief pilot at the Bell Academy, at a recent Heli-Expo training session. Oakley said that about one-third of all his landings in the course of his instructing are full autorotations. "You need to have a program that goes over these emergency procedures on a regular basis." His students begin their autorotation training from a low hover. Students commit numerous errors while practicing autos, Oakley said, but the key one, regardless of pilot experience, is failure to immediately lower the collective the second power loss is detected. Following close behind is failure to establish proper pitch attitude. More

WWII fighter pilot gets 1 more taste of the thrill of flying
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VideoBriefFormer WWII Navy fighter pilot A. Arnold "Doc" Gruen took the controls of an aircraft for the last time at the York Airport in Thomasville, Pa., fulfilling a "bucket list" sort of wish. Gruen, 92, is under hospice care, suffering from kidney and circulatory problems, said his wife, romance novelist Dody Myers-Gruen. Part of the admissions interview with AseraCare Hospice includes a question to each patient: What one last thing would you like to do? Gruen's answer was pretty easy. His two favorite things to do were fishing and flying. He chose flying. "Once a pilot, you're always a pilot," he said. More

RunwayFinder closing
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Runway Finder, the charting and airport information website that was embroiled in legal action with FlightPrep a year ago, is closing. In a statement, owner Dave Parsons said the decision was made partly because of the FAA's intention to charge fees for chart downloads through its online charting division AeroNav. "While I understand AeroNav's need to re-capture costs, the new chart fees along with other licensing fees will put RunwayFinder firmly into the red," Parsons wrote. He said the money issues might have been overcome but there is also a lot of work that needs to be done to update the service. More

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Now and never: Aviation biofuels
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In New York, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that jatropha-based fuels were the near-term candidate as sustainable aviation fuels available at prices competitive with conventional jet fuel. The BNEF research unit said that it expected jatropha-based jet fuel to be available at $3.25 per gallon by 2018. Following the emergence of jatropha-based fuels, BNEF said that aviation fuel made from pyrolysis of woody biomass represented the next most affordable category of aviation biofuels, projecting that jet fuel from this source could be available at $3.40 per gallon by 2018. More

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