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Training and technology key to improving GA accident rate
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While improved pilot training will be key to lowering the general aviation accident rate, the expedited introduction of advanced technology — particularly through retrofits — along with reorganized Federal Aviation Regulation Part 23 certification standards will also play a role, concludes a panel at the "New Aircraft Design and Certification" session of the National Transportation Safety Board’s recent GA Safety Forum. More

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Thunderstorms have longer reach than thought: Researcher calls for new guidelines
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Aircraft turbulence guidelines should be completely rewritten after new research revealed thunderstorms could produce unexpected turbulence more than 100 km away from storm cells. The research by University of Melbourne and the Center of Excellence for Climate System Science researcher Dr. Todd Lane has highlighted the impact of atmospheric gravity waves caused by thunderstorms and how air safety guidelines have not taken them into account. More

Pilots' Bill of Rights passes Senate
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Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who gained personal experience with FAA enforcement tactics and rules in 2010, is celebrating the passage by the Senate of his Pilots' Bill of Rights. The bill includes protections for pilots who become the subject of FAA enforcement proceedings and also requires the FAA to take actions regarding NOTAMs and the agency's medical certification process. More

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Nature's protected areas: A potential risk to aircraft
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Grab a sectional chart. Take a look around it. Do you see any areas outlined with a solid blue line with blue dots on the inside of the line? Do you know what these areas are? Do you know why they are to be avoided or their altitude restrictions observed?

The definitions for the markings normally can be found somewhere along the edge of the sectional. Briefly, the blue line marks the boundary of National Park Service areas, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service areas, and U.S. Forest Service wilderness and primitive areas. Learn more.

Pilot quiz — Communication acronyms
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All types of communication use acronyms, but nowhere is this more prevalent than in aviation. The list of abbreviations and acronyms in the Aeronautical Information Manual takes up several pages. How is your knowledge of FAA language? Try your hand at identifying these. Name five out of ten and you're good. Correctly identify seven and you score excellent. Name all ten correctly and you probably looked up the answers.

1. TLS
a. Transponder Landing System
b. Terminal Lighting System
c Technical Localizer System

a. Standard Operation Instrument Approach
b. Sequenced Omni Instrument Approaches
c. Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approaches

Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

US pledges substitute for leaded aviation gas by 2018
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U.S. regulators plan by 2018 to find a fuel for most piston-engine private planes to replace the gasoline that's the nation's largest source of toxic lead emissions. The Federal Aviation Administration’s move, posted on its website, marked the first time the agency has stated when it wants to approve an unleaded alternative to leaded gasoline, which powers most U.S. private aircraft 16 years after regulators banned it for cars. More

Lining up
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In September 2010, the FAA changed the language used for controllers to instruct pilots to enter the runway and await the takeoff clearance from "position and hold" to "line up and wait." This language more accurately describes what the pilot is expected to do, whether at a controlled or uncontrolled field. Here are several things that you should consider as you get ready to taxi across the runway threshold. More

Is spin resistance a big deal?
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Recently, Icon released a video to tout its spin resistant airframe. Cirrus also tried to grab the golden ring of SRA, as did its then-close competitor Columbia Aircraft. Neither succeeded. Many feel SRA is vitally important if we are to grow aviation by making aircraft that are truly easier (and therefore safer) to fly. More

Plane crashes with non-pilot at controls
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A runaway plane crashed at a California desert airport because the pilot failed to tie down the aircraft before he hand-started the engine, leaving a non-pilot at the controls, federal crash investigators say. The four-seat Cessna 172 never left the ground during its 200-foot unguided sprint April 3 at Valley Vista Airport in Johnson Valley, Calif. More

Laser dangers
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Since the Federal Aviation Administration put a laser reporting system in place, the number of incidents in the United States has increased every year, from 300 in 2005, to 3,592 in 2011. The FAA has collected data on 3,000 reported illumination events during a 20-year period. The adverse physiological effects reported include visual pain and loss of depth perception as well as operational problems, including aborted landings. No aircraft accidents have been directly associated with lasers but data support the view that lasing poses a potential risk to flight safety. More

'Plane Talk' to broadcast live from 99s conference
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IMC Radio's "Plane Talk," a live-streaming aviation internet radio talk show sponsored by the IMC Club International, will be broadcasting four two-hour shows live from its remote studio at the 2012 International 99s Conference in Providence, R.I., July 11-14. The 99s is an organization of women pilots that promotes the advancement of aviation while honoring history and sharing a passion for flight. More

Behind the scenes of building a DHC-6 Twin Otter home cockpit
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André Aepfelbach has been a Microsoft Flight Simulator aficionado since 1994. He started out with a keyboard, moved to a joystick, then graduated to yokes and pedals. He had everything he needed to get as close to real flying as possible. And yet, one bright sunny day he was approaching a landing in Tahiti when a series of errors forced him into the water. Later, reflecting on this unfortunate turn of events, he decided he needed more control. He decided he was going to build his own home cockpit. More

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