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Registration opens for Lockheed Martin's Pilot Web Portal
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Lockheed Martin Flight Services has opened online registration for its Automated Flight Service Station Pilot Web Portal and new Adverse Condition Alerting Service. ACAS. The Pilot Web Portal, accessible through, allows pilots to file flight plans online directly with LMFS and retrieve the same briefing information and weather graphics provided to LMFS specialists. Pilots will be able to input additional information, including favorite flight plans and personal aircraft data, company officials said. More

Travel discounts available
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Planning any upcoming holiday travels or winter getaways? Don't forget, IFA members receive deep discounts on hotels, vacation condo stays and car rental rates through the IFA Online Travel Booking Service. It's convenient and gives you the ability to check rates and book your hotel, car rental, airfare or condo rental all at the same time. Save big on time and money with IFA's Online Travel Booking Service — your one-stop travel shopping spot. Check rates, availability and make your reservations!

Beware of birds and wildlife during fall migration
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Wildlife or bird strikes aren't a new phenomenon. The first ever bird strike was recorded by Orville Wright on Sept. 7, 1905. His plane struck a bird (believed to be a red-winged blackbird) over a cornfield near Dayton, Ohio. Although bird strikes are the most common, pilots must always be cautious of ground animals like deer, rabbits, bears and even reptiles, such as alligators or turtles. More

Pilot quiz: Aviation heritage
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Test your knowledge of aviation's heritage. Aircraft companies and the people prominent in development of aviation over the years are featured in these questions.

1. What aircraft company manufactured an early DC-6?
  1. Douglas
  2. Cessna
  3. Dassault
2. In the name Piper J3, what does the J stand for?
  1. Walter Jamauneau, Piper designer
  2. Sequence of design evolution (A,B,C, etc.)
  3. From appendix J in FAA regulations
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Alliance for Aviation across America highlights achievements
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Continuing its mission to educate the public and elected officials about the importance of general aviation, the Alliance for Aviation Across America held a press conference on the eve of the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., to highlight the advocacy organization's recent achievements. The Alliance has recently launched a new website, Among its features is an interactive map of the U.S. showing a snapshot of the economic impact of general aviation by state and by community, taken in most cases from state-sponsored studies. More

Plane hits car on landing at Texas airport
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VideoBrief The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a sport utility vehicle had a hole punched in its roof by a small plane. No one was seriously hurt. Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Lonny Haschel said the 2005 Cessna Skyhawk was coming in for a landing when its landing gear struck a 2008 Volvo SUV that was traveling on a perimeter road at the airport. More

» Raw video of plane hitting car (WFAA-TV)

Testing precision approaches for small runways
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Researchers at Embry-Riddle have received FAA funding that they will use to evaluate pilot performance to determine the feasibility of deploying GPS-aided precision landing approaches at small airports. At issue is whether or not the kind of precision approaches normally used at larger airports can be safely used for landing on shorter, narrower runways and under what conditions. The project will get under way in the summer of 2013. More

Strong wind, pilot's loss of control cause plane crash    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Strong winds combined with the pilot's failure to maintain control contributed to a single-engine Cessna airplane crashing into a tree while attempting to land at Alabama's Shelby County Airport in June, according to federal investigators. The National Transportation Safety Board, in a report dated Oct. 15, attributed the crash's probable cause to the "pilot's failure to maintain directional control while landing in gusting wind conditions." More

General aviation around the world theme of latest FAA Safety Briefing
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Now online is the latest issue of the FAA Safety Briefing with the theme of "Small Airplane, Big World." The issue explores the significance of general aviation on a global scale and focuses on tools and resources that can help you operate safely beyond our borders. Feature articles include: A review of overseas flying requirements, how to master the language of aviation and an inside look at how the International Civil Aviation Organization can impact your flying. More

Canadian researchers fly on pure biofuel
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Calling it a "historic milestone for the aviation and sustainable energy industries," Canada's National Research Council has conducted what it says is the world's first civilian flight using 100 percent biofuel. Perhaps as a measure of confidence in the fuel, made from oilseeds grown in Saskatchewan, NRC Chief Pilot Tim Leslie conducted the Oct. 29 flight in NRC's Falcon 20 over the nation's capital of Ottawa, Ontario. More

Carbon is the choice for amphibious LSA floats
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General aviation pilots embody freedom. They have the ability to fly anytime to anywhere, including destinations not served by commercial carriers. Pilots with amphibious planes have their freedom multiplied a thousandfold because a float-equipped plane can access lakes and rivers, even in remote locations. When those floats are made from composites, rather than aluminum, they offer freedom from corrosion in addition to weight savings that permit them to carry more cargo. And for Aerocet, composites also give airframers the freedom make smaller, weight-limited light sport aircraft amphibious. More

Pilot plans to fly 50 planes in 12 hours
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Retired Army aviator Levi Noguess from Harker Heights, Texas, has chosen to challenge himself for his 50th birthday. Noguess plans fly 50 different planes in just 12 hours, taking off and landing at the Fredericksburg, Texas Airport. More

Engineering students design, fly plane from 3-D printer
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Engineering students at the University of Virginia have designed and built a working plane using a 3-D printer. The plane, with a 6.5-foot wingspan, was made from assembled printed parts, with the students putting in 80-hour workweeks, "with many long nights in the lab." It is only the third 3-D printed plane known to have been built and flown, the University of Virginia said. More

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