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FAA forecasts rocky road for GA
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In its annual aviation forecast, released last week, the Federal Aviation Administration said it expects the numbers of active general aviation aircraft to continue to decline slowly, but by 2025 the numbers should start to gradually increase. Business aviation is expected to grow faster, driven by a growing U.S. and world economy, and turboprops and jets will fare better than piston aircraft. The outlook is also good for light sport aircraft. The numbers of GA pilots and sport pilots also should continue to grow, but slowly, the FAA said. More

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Rare air: Why you should carry supplemental oxygen
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At what altitude do you need supplemental oxygen so your brain continues to function normally, enabling safe flight? Federal Aviation Regulations suggest that the magic number is 12,500 feet. Between that level and up to 14,000 feet, according to the FARs, crew members must have supplemental oxygen if a flight lasts longer than 30 minutes.

But in practice, the highest safe altitude without extra oxygen may be much lower than that — as low as 8,000 feet, studies show. Even the Federal Aviation Administration encourages pilots to use supplemental oxygen above 10,000 feet during the day and above 5,000 feet at night, when thin air can compromise vision. Learn more.

Pilot quiz: Fun things to know
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Some things about flying are just fun to know; others are necessary when taking biennial flight reviews or other tests. On your next biennial, throw some of these questions at your instructor.

1. What is the origin of the term "dead reckoning"?
a. Straight navigation, so the compass is "dead"
b. Deduced reckoning
c. From term "Direction Estimates And Distance"

2. Cal Rogers was the first person to fly an airplane coast to coast. For what other first is he known?
a. First to use a parachute
b. First to fly a float plane
c. First to die from bird strike

Click here to continue the quiz.

An overview of aircraft fractional ownership
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The concept of fractional ownership is not something very novel, and has been quite popular over a period of years. Fractional ownership, as the name indicates refers to the purchase of a fraction of something for a particular duration of time. In Aviation, the fractional ownership is famous for the acquisition of share on an aircraft. The purchase of the share can be made between the ranges of one-half to one-eighth of the aircraft, depending upon the requirement of the purchaser. More

Small plane makes emergency landing near San Jacinto Monument in Texas
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VideoBriefA small plane made an emergency landing near the San Jacinto Monument in Texas' Harris County the afternoon of March 15. Authorities said the plane, which was operated by Reynolds Aviation pipeline service, lost engine pressure around 11 a.m. The pilot observed the scene and saw that Vista Road had fewer cars traveling down the road and little to no street signs. The road is very long and straight, so the pilot determined it was ideal for making an emergency landing. More

Lightning-plane strikes studied in artificial lightning lab
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VideoBriefScientists at Cardiff University's Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory in Wales, U.K., create lightning that is 10 times more powerful than the real thing, zap objects and record the results. It sure sounds like fun, but project manager Philip Leichauer and his team have a good reason for their experiments. They're developing 'skins' for airplanes — thin coverings that can withstand lightning strikes when a plane is up in the clouds. More

Paradise on pontoons
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Pat Magie has logged more than 39,000 hours, all of it accident-free, and the vast majority of that in seaplanes. He claims to have more seaplane hours than any other pilot in the FAA database and has, in fact, logged more than 450 hours on floats before he ever landed at an airport. "I've never had any desire to fly on wheels, and I hate airports," he said. More

Colorado pilots start season with a soak
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Colorado backcountry pilots took full advantage of a recent morning's mild spring weather to stir up some dust on the Great Sand Dunes Swimming Pool rural airstrip and soak in the Valley's warm waters. The 16 pilots are working to protect and improve the approximately 80 rural airstrips throughout the state on public and private lands. The mission is twofold: ensure safe and reliable rural airstrips for emergency services and promote recreational aviation. More

Arizona seniors take to skies through club
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Since January 2007, the West Valley Flying Club has met three times a month between November and April to experience destinations across Arizona from a vantage point that many others only dream of. From former airline pilots and single-engine plane owners to "wanna-bes" and novices interested in learning more about flying, the group members said the camaraderie is what makes the club special as they further their love of all things aviation-related. More

Flying the Alaska Highway
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Flying to Alaska is not something you embark on one afternoon like a $100 hamburger flight; it requires lots of planning. There are three established aerial tracks one might use to venture to Alaska from the lower 48 states. A father and son share adventure and memories flying from Wisconsin to Alaska. More

Able Flight gives disabled people a chance to fly
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VideoBriefA program called Able Flight gives people with disabilities the chance to fly. The program gives scholarships to people with a variety of disabilities. The money goes towards lessons in a plane that is specially outfitted with hand controls. More

California's Oceanside airport ready to take off
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Though there is still much work to be done, the Oceanside Municipal Airport in San Diego County, Calif., is on its way to becoming a top-notch general aviation airfield, according to airport managers. Though several of the airfield's hangars are dilapidated, with roofs sagging and sometimes falling apart, several grants totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars are moving the facility along the path to becoming a respectable airport for small planes. More

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