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Volunteer pilots flying in Sandy relief volunteers
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VideoBriefAirplane pilots are turning their planes into a shuttle service, picking up recovery workers from other states, and bringing them to New York to help. They are changing the lives of people affected by Hurricane Sandy. More

Will you take the PLEDGE?
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The Texas Aviation Association Foundation has launched the PLEDGE program, aimed at reducing the GA accident rate. TXAA Foundation staff researched various general aviation accident reports and found the six leading causes of GA accidents. It is an old story that continues to plague pilots. The causes of most accidents are the same ones that haunted GA for decades. More

Competitive and affordable aircraft financing available
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Diamond tests fly-by-wire on DA42
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Diamond Aircraft has tested on the DA42 what it considers the first fly-by-wire system for an aircraft in the general aviation category. The DA42 control system is designed to prevent pilots from accidentally overstressing the aerodynamic or structural characteristics of the aircraft, Diamond says. A digital computer interprets inputs by the pilot and signals the control surfaces with the optimal movement. More

Winter flight safety
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In preparing for winter flights, all pilots should remember what survival experts have said for years. Pilots should always carry a survival kit appropriate to the conditions along their route of flight and to always dress to be able to walk home in the conditions in or over which they will be flying. Learn the 10 essential items that every survival kit should contain.

NavWorx ADS-B is fully operational on certified Cessna, experimental RV aircraft, and others    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NavWorx, Inc. announced the successful installations of its Universal Access Transceiver delivering the benefits of NextGen air transportation technology to general aviation aircraft. The company's flagship product, the ADS600-B, is a single device that both transmits and receives critical flight data and information services into the cockpit. Pilots can choose from a variety of options to display this data, including panel mounted or portable devices. More

Take an immersive, 360-degree ride on the Boeing 787 flight deck    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are plenty of debates about the best seat on a plane. But for an aviation geek, the choice is easy: in the cockpit. Unfortunately, getting onto the flight deck is virtually impossible in the post-9/11 world, but Boeing has put together the next best thing. It's a virtual ride inside the cockpit of the 787, complete with a 360-degree, user-controllable view from the jumpseat and lots of interesting audio from pilots, air traffic controllers and the airplane's own audio warnings. More

Jeppesen pilot training textbooks now available in e-books for iPad-based learning
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Jeppesen now offers its complete suite of pilot training textbooks as e-book selections for iPad. Available for download through the Apple iBookstore, Jeppesen's e-book titles include Instrument/Commercial pilot training, Multi-Engine airplane training and Flight Instructor training from Jeppesen's Guided Flight Discovery series, Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual and FAR/M regulation reference guides. More

Charter pilots can now update their own databases
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The FAA has added a new section to FAR 43.3, allowing all pilots to make updates to aeronautical databases under certain provisions. In Section K, the regs state that avionics updates are no longer considered a preventive maintenance item and can be performed by the pilot of the airplane. More

World War II plane retrieved from lake
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Almost 68 years after a failed training mission left it at the bottom of Lake Michigan, crews pulled a World War II fighter plane from Waukegan Harbor — the first leg of a journey that could land it in a naval museum. The date — Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day — was not lost on those in the crowd gathered to watch the plane rise from the lake bed. More

Pilot quiz
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1. The "J" in Piper J-3 Cub stands for:
  1. Normal progression of letters as model designs advanced
  2. Walter Jamouneau, new designer when W.T. Piper bought the Taylor Aircraft Company
  3. The model number of the engine
2. During World War II, Piper Cub L-4 aircraft were officially named:
  1. Light Observation Vehicles
  2. Multi-Purpose Air Machines
  3. Grasshoppers
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Pilots needed for FAA research on using weather data in Alaska
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An aviation weather research project focused on the 49th state will benefit from precise data logged by the thousands of general aviation pilots flying high in Alaska skies. Alaskan aviators are encouraged to volunteer to be interviewed for the aviation weather project, which aims determine best practices for accessing and using weather data while flying in Alaska. More

1st optionally piloted aircraft
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Aurora Flight Sciences has delivered the world's first production optionally piloted aircraft system to Switzerland's Department of Defense. The Centaur OPA is a new type of aircraft that can be flown in both manned and unmanned configurations. A third flight configuration, the hybrid mode, allows for control from the ground with a safety pilot onboard the aircraft. More

Japan pedal power aims for human flight record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefA team in Japan is hoping pedal-power will beat the world record for a human-propelled plane — in a flying machine made from polystyrene. Team Aeroscepsy say a professional mountain biker will pilot its "Gokurakutombo," which has a wingspan half that of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet, in a voyage team members hope will clock up to 75 miles. More

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