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New flight plan procedures in effect
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ICAO's new flight planning requirements recently kicked in, which include changes that may or may not affect the way you file a flight plan. The new filing procedures apply to pilots using performance-based navigation equipment and pilots flying internationally. Additional equipment codes have been added to help air traffic controllers better understand what capabilities are available to the pilot he or she is speaking with. More

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Are you ready for winter?
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Flying in the winter offers some unique challenges for the rotorcraft community. Temperatures drop, the days get shorter and snow, ice and sleet become a real possibility for much of the United States. To prepare for this change in season, consider making a few changes that apply to both you and your aircraft to ensure safe winter operations. More

Pilot quiz: Aviation numbers
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Aviation is an activity of numbers — airspeed, altitude, flight legs, minutes and so on. Some of these a pilot needs to know, some are just interesting facts about flying. Try yourself on these. Caution: they are not all easy.

1. How many different tests does the FAA give for various licenses, ratings and activities?
  1. Fewer than 15
  2. Fewer than 50
  3. More than 80
2. How many questions are there in the longest test: Military Competency Instructor?
  1. 125
  2. 85
  3. 60
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

The standard of truth
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The National Transportation Safety Board's appeals process is going electronic. But industry groups had hoped that rules to permit electronic filing would serve as an opportunity to change a key standard used for the agency's review of certain FAA enforcement actions. NTSB denied the request of several general aviation groups to abandon its practice of assuming that FAA's allegations are true for initial emergency enforcement appeals. These appeals are to determine whether FAA properly took certificate action on an emergency basis, not whether the certificate action itself was appropriate. More

Pictures tell tale of Cessna birdstrike
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A Cape Air Cessna 402C out of Barnstable Municipal Airport in Massachusetts for Nantucket returned to the airport after a red-throated loon crashed through the right windscreen, sending blood and bird fragments into the cabin and slightly injuring the flight's co-pilot. The flight's captain and four passengers were uninjured, though "they all got a little bit bloody from the bird splatter," airport manager Roland Breault told CapeCodOnline. More

Push to step up domestic use of drones
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Are unmanned aircraft, known to have difficulty avoiding collisions, safe to use in America's crowded airspace? And would their widespread use for surveillance result in unconstitutional invasions of privacy? Experts say neither question has been answered satisfactorily. Yet the federal government is rushing to open America's skies to tens of thousands of the drones — pushed to do so by a law championed by manufacturers of the unmanned aircraft. More

FAA certifies SeaRey production LSA
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After two decades of producing hundreds of kits for the SeaRey — an experimental amphib that features swept wings, a pusher prop and retractable gear — Progressive Aerodyne received FAA certification for a production LSA version of the airplane. The production airplane will be available in two models, a basic version that comes equipped with the 912S Rotax engine and an elite version that brings the added muscle of the turbocharged 114 hp Rotax 914. More

Sport pilot to celebrate 100th birthday flying his Evektor LSA
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On Nov. 30, Guy Reynolds will celebrate his 100th birthday by taking a flight in a light-sport aircraft. Reynolds bought his Evektor Sportstar back at the beginning of LSA and he's been flying it about 100 hours every year. Impressive even for a young 50-year old pilot. He is simply a fellow pilot who loves flying and doesn't want to stop. More

Florida airport supports GA community
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A new self-service Avgas fueling facility was officially opened for business Nov. 20 at Tallahassee Regional Airport in the Florida panhandle. Through a partnership with Million Air, general aviation customers will have access to a cost saving alternative to the full-service fueling option. Priced at $1.15 per gallon lower than the full-service fueling option, the self-service fuel pricing is competitive with other airports in the region, airport officials said. More

Flying for fun
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Steve Jury purchased an airplane before he learned how to fly it. If you ask his flying buddies, it was absolutely the right way to go, money-wise. If you ask friends and family, it was a little crazy. Jury, a junior high school teacher, purchased a 1947 Luscombe 8E in the summer of 2009 and received his pilot's license a year later. More

2-seat solar flight
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Solar flight pioneer Eric Raymond is working to complete his first two-seat design, Sunseeker Duo, which he expects will be "the highest performing solar airplane ever built and the first to carry passengers," and he's seeking grassroots support. Raymond has previously worked on the Solar Impulse project, which aims to fly around the world on solar power, alone, and in the 1990s he flew his own solar-powered design across the country in 21 legs. More

FAA annual GA survey deadline is Nov. 30
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The FAA's 34th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Survey for 2011 data is underway and available online at "Reducing GA fatalities is a top priority of the FAA and our goal is to reduce the GA fatal accident rate by 10 percent by 2018," said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta. "By taking the time to participate in the FAA's GA survey, owners and operators share valuable data that help the entire GA community." More

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