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Waxman calls on FAA to speed up use of unleaded fuel for general aviation
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Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., asked the Federal Aviation Administration to reduce lead emissions from general aviation planes more quickly by stepping up requirements for using unleaded fuels. Waxman said unleaded fuels are already available and could be used in the United States, and said some of these fuels are already being used in Europe. While he acknowledged that some barriers exist, including supply, technology and pilot education, they are not insurmountable. More

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You can take it with you: Mobile apps for risk management
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It wasn't that long ago that pilots did most of their flight planning and go/no-go decision-making at home, with (hopefully, anyway) a final check and assessment at the departure airport. The proliferation of mobile devices and associated apps for flight planning, weather briefing and flight monitoring/tracking has drastically changed that picture. Today's pilots have a plethora of aviation apps to choose from and, though it can be a challenge to select the "best" one, the price point of most allows for no- or low-cost experimentation. More

Pilot quiz: Women pioneers in aviation
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Knowing the names of men like Charles Lindbergh, Wiley Post and others who pioneered in aviation is common among pilots and much of the public. But how about the women? They, too, achieved much and contributed to advancement of flying by being first. More and more women are becoming pilots today and the ones who led the way for them deserve greater acknowledgment. Check your recognition of names of women who achieved fame by being first.

1. Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic?
  1. Anne Lindbergh
  2. Shannon Lucid
  3. Amelia Earhart
2. Who was the first woman pilot to circle the globe, as well as the first to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans?
  1. Geraldine Mock
  2. Beryl Markham
  3. Jackie Cochran
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Fatal GA helicopter crashes prompt call for action
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"Treacherous missions are not at the root of a stubbornly persistent helicopter accident rate and helicopter fatalities," the International Helicopter Safety Team said, after four flights in eight days resulted in seven fatalities. Each of the four accident flights from Oct. 10 to Oct. 17 appear to have initiated as normal general aviation/private flights, but each ended with fatal results. IHST is made up of industry representatives and the FAA. It is calling for greater vigilance from pilots flying even "ordinary, mundane flights," but the organization also has a larger agenda in mind. More

Commentary: User fee plan would be devastating to GA
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Three grassroots general aviation business owners told Congress in September that user fees in any form would be "devastating" to the general aviation community. At a hearing called by the House Small Business Committee, the trio blasted President Obama's call for a $100 per-flight fee for turbine-powered fixed-wing aircraft. More

Getting back to hand-flying
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There's little debate that the prevalence in today's airplanes of modern glass cockpit displays, GPS navigators, datalink weather receivers and the host of other high-tech gear that we now take almost for granted has in fact made flying easier and safer. Still, the already-too-high accident rate for light general aviation airplanes hasn't budged in the past decade as a growing body of evidence suggests that the technology many of us thought would vastly improve safety is actually having little or no discernible impact at all. More

OpenAirplane: More flying, less hassle
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Aviation entrepreneur Rod Rakic's idea for OpenAirplane has earned the support of some big names in the aviation industry who believe it could simplify access to aircraft, improve pilot safety, increase profits for flight schools and FBOs and generally boost the aviation industry — all by changing how we rent airplanes. More

Thrush's ag plane gets FAA certification
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After three years in development, the Federal Aeronautics Administration recently issued type certification to the Thrush 510G ag plane. The 510G is powered by the 800 shaft horsepower H80 turboprop engine, manufactured by General Electric Corp. While GE has long made aircraft engines, the H80 is one of the first of its turboprop designs. According to Brad Mottier, vice president of Business and General Aviation for General Electric, turboprops employ a jet engine to turn a standard propeller at the front of the plane. More

Learning to fly in a Cub
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As a student pilot flying a Piper J-3 Cub, on any beautiful Sunday afternoon it was not unusual to be 8th to 10th on downwind at Zahn's Airport at Amityville on New York's Long Island. The year was 1954. This was at the height of the general aviation flying boom following World War II. Zahn's Airport had more than 200 based airplanes and helicopters, ranging from corporate twins and the latest single-engines to those bright yellow and black J-3 Cubs. There were at least seven J-3s in the training fleet and scheduled time for them had to be made far in advance for weekend training. More

Trade-A-Plane at 75: An aviation treasure
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In 1935, when Cosby Harrison crashed his airplane in stormy weather, he could not have realized the lasting impact of his adventure. His slight misfortune would give rise to a shoestring operation that would become a great entrepreneurial success and play a significant role in aviation history. Trade-A-Plane — a buy-and-sell publication for aircraft and parts that Harrison and his wife, Margaret, began in Crossville, Tenn.­ — is celebrating its 75th anniversary as general aviation's shopping guide of record. More

Car's headlights help plane land on Australian highway
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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says quick thinking by a pilot who landed his plane on the Northern Territory's Stuart Highway at night prevented a serious accident. The ATSB says a Gippsland Aeronautics GA 8 Airvan was on a night training flight from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs in July when the engine started losing oil pressure. The crew planned a diversion to Ti Tree but the instructor could not turn on the airstrip's pilot-activated lighting system. More

New book helps pilots get the most from flying their Cessna 210s
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Just released is an all-new primer on owning and flying the Cessna 210 by five-time Master CFI Chuck McGill. "Flying the Cessna 210: The Secrets Unlocked" will help pilots master the art of piloting this complex airplane, says McGill, who offers his wisdom on optimum performance and safe operations based on his thousands of hours of flying and teaching in the airplane. More

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