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Things you miss on preflight
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"Kick the tires, light the fires." So goes a popular, flippant saying about preflight inspections. That's what various accident reports would label an "inadequate preflight inspection." Despite the overall safety of general aviation, regardless of our comfort with flying and/or with the specific airplane, the hard truth is that airplanes are terribly unforgiving of mechanical imperfection. More

You may be paying too much for aircraft insurance
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Tips on winter flying
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Winter flying poses unique challenges for the general aviation pilot — from preflight planning, all the way through to descent and landing. Click here for a few ideas to consider for a safe flight.

Pilot quiz
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1. When may a pilot place "DVRSN" in the remarks section of a flight plan?
  1. When route will be Direct VOR System Navigation.
  2. Only if requesting priority handling as result of diversion for reason beyond control of pilot.
  3. When pilot wants ATC to divert route in event of weather problems.
2. When flying from low pressure to high pressure area, the altimeter will read:
  1. Lower than actual altitude.
  2. Actual altitude.
  3. Higher than actual altitude.
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Top 10 flying tips of 2012
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What better way to wrap up the year than with a list of flying tips to help carry you into 2013? From how to master a forward slip to recognizing the signs of spatial disorientation, Flying Magazine has compiled its most popular flying tips of the year in a list that offers something for beginning pilots, expert aviators and everyone in between. More

Pilot in plane crash wasn't trained for low clouds
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A federal report says the pilot of a plane that crashed in central Minnesota wasn't equipped or trained to fly in low clouds. The pilot and two passengers died when their single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza went down in a farm field near Glencoe, Minn. in March. More

GA growth will help drive aerospace gains in 2013
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Sales of general aviation aircraft and related products and services are expected to increase modestly over the next five years, fueled largely by sales of business aircraft, according to the Aerospace Industry Association's 2012 Year-End Review and Forecast. More

Newsworthy and notable trends in General Aviation and Bush piloting for 2012
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It's time to face facts and pay respects, tech bloggers and smartphone savants: your mobile revolution might never have been without the DIY determination and grit of America's bush pilots and GA aviators. Aviation's creative brain trust should be forgiven for missing TechCrunch sonnets to Google Android; these metageeks were busy collaborating with Microsoft on cutting-edge flight simulation technology. Or debugging NextGen aircraft surveillance. Or working on new green technology to make America's small planes more fuel efficient. More

GPS battle against LightSquared continues
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The fight between the Coalition to Save Our GPS and LightSquared continues. The Coalition recently responded to the Federal Communications Commission's request for comments regarding LightSquared's request to modify the ancillary terrestrial communications authorization of its mobile satellite services, which would allow the company to launch its broadband network. The 21-page document from the Coalition included several suggestions to prevent GPS interference for the FCC to consider as it studies LightSquared's latest filing. More

Why a German pilot escorted an American bomber to safety during World War II
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Once in a while, you hear an old war story that restores your faith in humanity. But how many of them take place in mid-air? This is the remarkable story of a crippled American bomber spared by a German fighter pilot. After the two planes' pilots had a mid-air moment of understanding, it didn't seem likely that they'd ever see one another again. Only they did, and became closer than brothers. More

406 ELT to be required for flights to Bahamas and Mexico
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Jim Parker at Caribbean Flying Adventures is alerting pilots that they will soon need a 406 ELT for flight to the Bahamas and Mexico. Parker notes that he successfully collaborated with Civil Aviation authorities in the Dominican Republic and The Caymans Islands to obtain a waiver from the 406 ELT requirement. The Dominican Republic waiver is indefinite, he reports. The Cayman Islands waiver is valid through Dec. 1, 2013, but will almost certainly be extended, he said, adding his company "will work to insure that this happens." More

Pilot lands small aircraft at Florida golf course
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An ultra-light aircraft made an emergency landing near the sixth hole at Florida's Viera East Golf Club, when the pilot experienced apparent engine trouble after takeoff. "He said he usually comes out over the golf course. That way if there are any problems, he’s got some place to land," said Mark Coleman, whose home is near the golf course. The unidentified pilot was unharmed. More

Ohio mayors petition Obama to support general aviation
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A group of mayors from Ohio have sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to back off rhetoric they feel is harming the general aviation industry. According to a report from General Aviation News, the mayors say they are specifically concerned about the proposed $100 "user fee" for general aviation flights. More

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