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FAA issues through-the-fence proposal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Federal Aviation Administration recently unveiled its proposed policy on residential through-the-fence agreements at general aviation airports to comply with the FAA reauthorization bill, which President Barack Obama signed into law earlier this year. Comments on the proposal are due on or before Aug. 29. More

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Fill up on fluids
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It was a hot summer day as the private pilot, drenched in sweat, flew toward home after numerous stressful landings at several airports. Suddenly, he felt disoriented and spacey, and became alarmed when he couldn't recall the number of the runway he had used hundreds of times at his home port.

Only after this pilot was safely on the ground did he pinpoint the culprit: dehydration. His symptoms aloft, he recalled, were the same as those he had experienced many times after grueling aerobic workouts at the gym without drinking enough fluids. Learn more.

Pilot quiz: Aircraft of US presidents
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Air Force One is a well-known call sign, but what do you know about the President's airplane and the travels of U.S. Presidents? Try this quiz to find out.

1. In the mid 1950s, Air Force One became the call sign for any airplane carrying the U.S. President. Why was this chosen?
a. The U.S. Air Force always used its newest transport airplane to carry the president
b. An airplane carrying the President had a call sign ending in the same numbers as an Eastern Airlines flight when on a similar route and this caused the pilot to be concerned about possible confusion by air traffic control
c. The Air Force was separated from the Army to become an independent arm of military and punsters thought the call sign would seem to many "Air Force WON"

2. What is the call sign of the helicopter when carrying the President from the White House to Andrews Air Force base?
a. Marine One
b. Helicopter One
c. Air Force One

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Sennheiser steps into flight planning
AVweb    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article, in cooperation with Sennheiser, has created a new app for the iPad that allows pilots to plan and file with iFlightPlanner through a home computer's full keyboard and mouse. All the data can then be wirelessly exported to the portable iPad. And the iPad can be used to close the flight plan at the destination. The app is free, the flight planner is free (with paid options), and a full airport facilities directory including charts and approach plates is included, free. More

Flying Magazine presents the top 100 airplanes
Flying Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Flying Magazine introduces its Top 100 Airplanes, a Web-based compendium that names the 100 best, most significant and most compelling aircraft designs of all time. Check out which airplanes made the list, and which didn't, and in the process fall in love all over again with some of your favorite aircraft of all time. More

Plugging into a new era of flight
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While electric cars and hybrids are now ubiquitous on highways, electric flight is not as far along. Not even close. It's not as simple as using electric car technology in planes. That's because weight is not an issue with motor vehicles. More

Pilot saved by 8-year-old son after plane towing marriage proposal crashes
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A pilot was saved by his 8-year-old son after his plane crashed off Rhode Island's Block Island. Pilot Mark Simmons was hired to assist in an elaborate marriage proposal. Simmons flew his small plane towing a banner that read, "Michelle will you marry me? Mike." But Mike never got to pop the question — an engine malfunction forced Simmons to make an emergency landing. More

Preliminary reports released in 2 small-plane crashes
Ventura County Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Witnesses saw a small plane spinning, its nose low as it disappeared below the trees. Moments later, the plane — a two-seater Sting Sport — crashed into an orchard about 50 yards from a home and several other buildings. The National Transportation Safety Board recently released its preliminary report on the July 5 fatal crash. The agency also has issued a preliminary report on a fatal Arizona crash earlier this month. More

Plane makes emergency landing on Texas interstate access road
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In what must have been a bizarre sight for afternoon commuters, a single-engine aircraft made an emergency landing on the south Interstate 35W access road in Burleson, Texas. Four adults on the plane were not injured when the pilot brought the plane down — with landing gear up — on the service road. More

California's Long Beach Airport operators concerned, as general aviation activity declines
Long Beach Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
General aviation activity, such as landings and takeoffs of small private aircraft, continues to decline at California's Long Beach Airport, according to recently published statistics. Some aviation businesses, such as fixed base operators, which sell fuel to customers and lease hangars, said the current market poses profitability challenges and may call for a drop in aviation business property values. More

Live ATC in a simulator
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One of the hardest things for many new pilots to overcome is their fear of dealing with air traffic control. A new simulation system aims to offer a real-time ATC experience in the simulator. PilotEdge uses live controllers synced with pilots flying in simulators to give a real-world experience without all the expense of actually flying. Because the other pilots and the controllers are live, the interaction and consequences of incorrect interaction are also real. More

Precise landing wins pilot $10,000 at ND airport
Grand Forks Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With a slight westerly breeze pushing up against his 1940 Piper Cub Coupe single-engine airplane, Dan Byker of Hawarden, Iowa, made a slow approach onto the runway at Grand Forks International Airport in North Dakota. His sights were on the white line stretched across the width of the runway. More

Low-flying planes buzz Wisconsin lighthouse
Door County Advocate    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Door County, Wis., Sheriff's Department and the Federal Aviation Administration would like to talk to the pilots of two small planes that recently flew dangerously low at the Cana Island Lighthouse. As tourists and other visitors looked on in alarm, the planes flew above and below the power and telephones lines between the mainland and the island, clipping the phone wire. The FAA is investigating the incident. More

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