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GA safety record holds, charter mishaps jump
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General aviation accidents are up but the accident rate and the number of fatal accidents has decreased in the past year, according to statistics released by the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB says that because the number of flight hours for GA increased in 2011, the accident rate actually dropped. While GA fared relatively well, on-demand charter operations raised a red flag for the board. More

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Looking for air shows to attend?
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I Fly America FLY-Q Test — Pilot quiz
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You probably have taken I-Q tests. Now, just for fun, take this I Fly America FLY-Q test.

1. Eric Weiss was the first American to fly a plane in Australia. Weiss was better known as:
a. Elmer Gantry
b. Harry Houdini
c. Al Jolson

2. How many planes did women pilots in the Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII deliver from factories to line squadrons?
a. 2,486
b. 96,806
c. 308,567

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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White House responds to GA opposition to user fees
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Despite a letter signed by nearly half of the U.S. House of Representatives opposing aviation user fees, the White House has indicated it plans to press ahead with its call for a $100 per flight charge on airline and business aviation. Congress remains steadfastly opposed to such a funding scheme, having rejected numerous calls over the years from both Democratic and Republican administrations for a fee-based funding mechanism. More

FAA writing rules for electric aircraft
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There are those in the general aviation community who think electric planes are the future for private aircraft. But regulatory hurdles prevent them from proliferating in our skies. Current FAA requirements for light sport aircraft — planes that can be flown by anyone with a pilot's license — preclude electric powerplants, and that makes such planes unavailable to most private pilots. But according to FAA analyst Tom Gunnarson, the FAA has completed its regulatory study on electric aircraft, and the rulemaking process will begin soon. More

GAMA: Slash new aircraft costs to lure pilots
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The cost of building and developing new aircraft must be slashed if general aviation is to attract new pilots, sustain the existing population of owners and pilots and drive up safety, said the General Aviation Manufacturers Association at AERO 2012 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Greg Bowels, GAMA director of engineering and manufacturing, attributes rising prices to the exponential increase in regulation. More

A new take on renting planes
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Startup company OpenAirplane is hoping to launch later this year with a program that would allow participating pilots to rent aircraft from a network of widespread operators based on one annual checkout performed at one location. The company says it has partnered with the insurance company Starr Aviation to create a "standardization and evaluation program." That program would serve as a keystone for the business, eliminating the barriers of cost and time that "local checkouts" would otherwise impose on a traveling pilot. More

Map shows drone use throughout US
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Curious if there are drones operating near you? A quick look at recent data unveiled by the FAA may provide some insight. As a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation earlier this year, the agency was forced to divulge a list of 63 authorized UAV launch sites scattered across the country. More

Kids learn to fly after school
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At Compton, Calif., Airport, 9-year-old Jose Pineda runs across the tarmac and makes a bee-line for a single-engine Cessna. He swings open the door and climbs into his seat on the left side of the plane — the pilot's seat. Inside the hangar, Pineda's friend, Tasneem Khatib, is also preparing to hit the skies. At 11 years old, she got a bit of a "late" start. And then there’s 16-year-old Keilyn Hubbard, dressed to the nines in a navy blue pilot's suit. He's training for his first solo flight. Just who are these kids? More

Pilot explains vintage plane's forced landing in river
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VideoBriefHe's been flying almost six years, logging almost 600 hours as a pilot-in-command. But the afternoon of April 29, Andreas Montgomery, 22, would have only seconds to decide where he would try to put down a vintage post-war aircraft after its engine lost power rapidly. More

Pilots' spouses learn to land planes safely
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VideoBriefA course being offered at a small airport near Winnipeg, Canada, is teaching the spouses and partners of small-craft pilots how to land those planes in emergencies. Learn to Land, a course created by the Lyncrest Airport, aims to avoid disasters that could result if a pilot has a medical emergency mid-flight. The course was inspired in part by an incident in northeastern Wisconsin earlier this month, when an elderly woman took control of her husband's plane after he had passed out. More

Pessimistic airplane GPS always knows the best place to land in an emergency
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A company called Vertical Power has created a GPS-based co-pilot for smaller private planes that's constantly worried about the worst-case-scenario when flying. But that's a good thing because in the event of an emergency, like an engine failure, it already knows the nearest and safest place to land. More

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