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GA study shows $219 billion economic impact in US
General aviation supplied 1.1 million jobs and contributed $219 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013, according to a study conducted for eight major GA groups. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released the study at its annual news conference in Washington, D.C. The study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, examined GA-related industries and their direct and indirect benefits to the economy, such as aircraft component makers selling parts and charter flight passengers spending money on hotels.
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A history of WW2 in 25 airplanes
Air & Space Magazine
This May, one of the largest formations of World War II aircraft ever assembled in the United States — as many as 70 fighters, bombers, trainers, and transports — will fly over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The sky parade will take place May 8, 2015, 70 years after VE Day — a public holiday declared in the United States to celebrate the 1945 Allied victory in Europe — and is part of a three-day event to honor World War II veterans, both those who fought the war and those who worked at home to build their aircraft, tanks, and ships.
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Registration maintenance
By the FAA Aircraft Registration Branch
Reprinted with permission from the FAA Aviation News
Just what is it that keeps your aircraft flying, providing the pleasure of flight or earning its keep? Someone new to aviation might explain the speed of the air over the wings creating lift. Someone that's been around a bit longer may respond, "money and more money." The old timers around the field might chalk it up to dedicated maintenance of both the aircraft and piloting skills.

All three are correct, but could there be something other than maintenance of piloting skills, and money? Think about it. Need some help? Here's a clue. We're with the government. Yeah! You've got it. It's the paperwork. You cannot legally operate an aircraft, unless it is properly registered, airworthy, and carrying the required certificates. Learn more.

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IFA pilot quiz — Where and when
I Fly America
The first three questions about weather will be easy for pilots to answer, so to make this quiz a bit more challenging the next questions delve into your knowledge of where and when in aviation.

1. What effect does high humidity have on your takeoff roll?
    a. It will be longer
    b. It will be shorter
    c. No effect
2. What percentage of oxygen needed by the human body is in the atmosphere at 18,000 feet?
    a. 72 percent
    b. 50 percent
    c. 39 percent
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Accident Report — Failure of both engines leads to fatality, injuries
I Fly America
During the preflight inspection, some water was present in the fuel sample; it was drained until a clear sample was observed. Subsequently, the fuel tanks were topped off, and the remaining preflight inspection revealed no other anomalies. The pilot initiated a takeoff and upon reaching rotation speed, the airplane became airborne and the landing gear was retracted. The right engine immediately lost power, and the pilot feathered the engine and attempted to return to the airport. Shortly thereafter, the left engine lost power.
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NextGen GA fund to buy 10,000 Lynx ADS-B units
ADS-B compliance is about to become a little less pricey for thousands of aircraft owners after the public-private NextGen GA Fund announced it is buying 10,000 low-cost Lynx NGT-1000 ADS-B units from L-3 Aviation Products as part of the "Jumpstart GA 2020" program. But as you might guess, there's a small catch.
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ASTM developing standards for training aviation employees
General Aviation News
ASTM International, one of the largest standards development organizations in the world, is forming a group to develop standards for training workers in the aerospace industry. ASTM Committee F46 on Aerospace Personnel will be led by manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and other key stakeholders. "We are bringing everyone together to help ensure a strong pipeline of workers who can keep up with the fast pace of technological change in this dynamic industry," says James A. Thomas, president of ASTM International.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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Accident Report — Fatigue failure of No. 4 engine cylinder head results in loss of engine power (I Fly America)
FAA updates knowledge exam (FLYING)
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