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New committee advances Part 23 certification review
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In October, ASTM International's F44 Technical Committee met for the first time in Atlanta. The group aims to use industry consensus standards in revising the certification process for standard-category general aviation aircraft. The cost of Part 23 certification has been a major barrier to new aircraft development, and also to the process of retrofitting existing designs with modern equipment. The F44 committee hopes to reduce the cost of FAA certification by half, while doubling the safety of new aircraft by encouraging the use of newer, safer equipment. More

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Taking the pressure out of hypertension
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The pressure is on — high blood pressure, that is. And that spells big trouble at your next medical certification exam, right? Actually, knowing before the exam that you're hypertensive, rather than finding out from the aviation medical examiner, already puts you a step ahead of trouble because there's still time to correct the problem. More

Pilot quiz: Busted FAA regulations
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It has been said many times that no flight ever takes off without unknowingly violating several FAA regulations. This is understandable considering there are 1,603 flight rules and sub-rules about pilots. Then there are rules for mechanics, aircraft certification, air carrier operations, etc. So, how is your flying? Have you ever unknowingly busted a regulation? Here are just a few questions relating to piloting. Test yourself.

1. What category of aircraft always has the right-of-way?
  1. Gliders
  2. Balloons
  3. Any type aircraft on the right
2. Except for takeoff and landing, what is the minimum altitude that may be flown over congested areas and open-air assemblies?
  1. 1,000 feet above highest obstacle within radius of 2,000 feet
  2. 500 feet if open areas exist on terrain to permit emergency landing
  3. Powered parachutes, balloons and weight-shift aircraft have no restrictions
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

FIS-B: What every GA pilot always wanted
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What is FIS-B? Flight Information Services-Broadcast will provide free weather to pilots, along with all the goodies that all of us use when planning most flights. This feature holds more power than many want to talk about. It includes the entire gamut of features and products that every pilot should be looking into. Many generalize these features down to meteorological and aeronautical information. However there are some key attributes that are imported directly into the cockpit without even requesting them. More

Is Redbird just plain better?
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In five years since its birth, Redbird has become number one in its market niche. It has put more than 300 active-motion flight simulators into general aviation pilot training centers. It has introduced a compelling price for performance argument within the flight training segment. And it has wrapped all that in an attractive package that doesn't just improve learning efficiency for students, it also draws more of them to flight schools. More

FAA adopts new AD for certain Agusta and Bell helicopter models
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The Federal Aviation Administration is adopting a new airworthiness directive for Aeronautical Accessories, Inc. high landing gear forward crosstube assemblies (crosstubes) installed on Agusta S.p.A. Model AB412 and AB412EP; and Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. Model 205A, 205A-1, 205B, 212, 412, 412CF and 412EP helicopters during production or based on a supplemental type certificate. More

Company demonstrates NextGen tracking of manned and unmanned aircraft
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VideoBriefWorried about the proliferation of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace system? You're not alone. Officials at Sagetech recently posted a video of a demonstration of the use of an off-the-shelf "NextGen" Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system, along with an iPad, which can help pilots track unmanned and manned aircraft around them. More

Tecnam launches budget-minded P92
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Tecnam continues to flood the LSA market with new models, and its latest product caters to those who are looking for a low-cost, bare-bones aircraft for fun flying. At a base price of $74,999, the Echo Classic Light is the 13th variant of the P92. Intended for the $100 hamburger flier who is looking for a basic airplane to get from Point A to B, this LSA will do the trick. More

Aircraft in distress makes emergency landing at Peoria airport
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A small plane that experienced problems during take-off in Indiana made an emergency landing at Illinois' Peoria airport. The Aero Commander with only one occupant made a distress call at because hydraulic systems failed, preventing the pilot from lowering wing flaps that would slow the aircraft before landing. More

Video of the day: Flugtag, human-powered flying machines
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VideoBriefFresh off the heels of its successful campaign to help Felix Baumgartner become the first human to break the sound barrier by falling from the edge of space, Red Bull comes to San Francisco to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Flugtag. Flugtag, which translates as "flying day," encourages D.I.Y. enthusiasts, tinkerers, and the generally adventurous to create homemade flying machines and launch themselves off of a 30-foot ramp. More

Banyan to test new ground-safety technology
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Banyan Air Service will be the launch customer for a new ground accident avoidance system. RampTrack by Wingspan Systems is supposed to help prevent ramp and hangar accidents by tracking aircraft on the ground and warning operators if they are at risk of striking a building, another aircraft, vehicle or person. More

Laser pointing at planes puts 1 person in ER
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The U.S. Coast Guard said military aircraft in Texas' Coastal Bend are being targeted by laser pointers. The most recent incident sent a crew member to the emergency room. Pilots say the growing problem is dangerous to flight crews. The light can fragment inside the aircraft and injure pilots and crew members. More

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