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Shutdown reveals significance of little-known FAA office
According to author Colleen Mondor: Like many others in the aviation industry, the government shutdown is hitting me hard due to the closure of a very small and (relatively) obscure Office of Aircraft Registry, a department of the Federal Aviation Administration.
My husband and I have owned and operated Moro Aircraft Leasing Inc. for nearly 15 years. We purchase, sell and lease aircraft to commercial operators primarily in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. We were scheduled to finalize a deal that was nearly a year in the making for an air ambulance operator in Oregon. Then came the shutdown and now like a lot of other companies, we find our business on hold.
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Restoring black pilot's legacy
Mary Groce didn't know she had a great-uncle who could be worthy of history books until she opened an old cardboard box.
The 63-year-old was rifling through family memorabilia with a relative when Groce came across the photo of a handsome, crisply dressed man gripping the steering wheel in a cockpit.
"That's Uncle Emory?" she said, stunned, to her cousin Aileen Ryan. "He's black."
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Aerobatic pilot inspires students
A six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic team flew to Topeka, Kan., to inspire youth aviation students.
Patty Wagstaff describes flying in the sky as an adventurous challenge and since a young age, Wagstaff says she always hoped her life goal of becoming an aerobatic pilot would take flight.
"That's what I want to do. I don't want to be on the side of the fence. It looked like everything I loved," she said.
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What happened to my map?
By Tim Shaver
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
While an inoperative landing light or flap failure can certainly add anxiety to your flight, a primary flight display (PFD) or multi-function display (MFD) screen that suddenly goes blank can be even more distressing. While these systems are much more reliable than the mechanical instruments they replace, as more aircraft migrate to glass-cockpit integration (some condensing nearly the entire instrument panel into a single display), pilots and mechanics will need to maintain a keen awareness of how to recognize and troubleshoot avionics component failures.
IFA pilot quiz — aviation heritage
I Fly America
Test your knowledge of aviation's heritage. Aircraft companies and the people prominent in the development of aviation over the years are featured in the questions below.
1. What aircraft company manufactured an early DC-6?
2. In the name Piper J3, what does the J stand for?
a. Walter Jamauneau, Piper designer
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Sequence of design evolution (A,B,C, etc)
c. From appendix J in FAA regulations
Iconic 'pilot-maker' marks 75 years in the skies
There was no mistaking the muscular roar of the big radial engine as the most famous trainer to come out of World War II soared above a rural Virginia town.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the North American T-6 Texan, the big tandem-seat warbird in which countless pilots from dozens of countries honed their flying skills.
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North Carolina veterans soar in historic Stearman biplane
The Charlotte Observer
Cliff Rowden's huge, infectious smile beamed across the pavement after his flight aboard a fully restored 1942 Boeing Stearman.
The open-cockpit biplane was used to train pilots during World War II.
The 81-year-old was one of six retired veterans — with Paul Caylor, Tom Moore, Vernon Robertson, Bob Rudisill and Tom Suggs — who took "dream flights" aboard the old aircraft at North Carolina's Concord Regional Airport.
'Hero' passenger lands plane after pilot falls ill
It feels like this kind of thing happens in the movies all the time: A pilot falls ill, and it's up to a passenger to land the plane.
In Britain's Humberside airport, this happened for real on a small aircraft carrying two friends. As The Independent tells the story, John Wildey — whom the paper calls a "hero passenger" — had to take control of a Cessna 172 after his friend and pilot got sick and became unresponsive.
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