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Aviation fuel problems — They do happen
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How often are we told that aviation fuels are superior to other fuels as they must meet one common, exacting worldwide standard, are produced with more stringent controls and are transported, stored, filtered and dispensed from dedicated equipment? Given these tough requirements, one would expect contamination or misfueling to be near impossible, yet it does happen. The best means to prevent problems is to go back to what we learned in ground school. More

FAA acts on ELT straps
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The FAA has banned the use of Velcro-type straps to secure emergency locator transmitters designed and built after Nov. 26 of this year. The new rule came two years after a high-profile crash that killed Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and four others. The ELT aboard the Otter they were on came loose on impact and detached from the antenna. Rescuers found it on the floor in the back of plane, activated but unable to transmit because it wasn't connected to the antenna. More

Solar Impulse plans US cross-country trip
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If you've been tracking Solar Impulse's quest to fly around the world without using fuel, you may have a chance to see it up close and personal next summer. The Swiss company is planning a trip in HB-SIA, the first prototype of the all-solar-powered airplane, from the West Coast to the East Coast next year. More

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Ice belongs in drinks
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The Aeronautical Information Manual describes the various types of airframe icing, the conditions under which it can form, and the negative effects it can have on airplane performance. It also offers guidance to pilots on how to give a pilot report on in-flight icing conditions. Depending on where the icing conditions are encountered and at what temperature and altitude, ice can form as clear ice, rime ice (cloudy appearance) or some combination of the two. Ice can form quickly, often in just a few minutes — the time it takes to climb or descend a few thousand feet through a layer of juicy clouds. Unless the aircraft is equipped with some kind of anti-icing or de-icing system, ice can accumulate rapidly on the leading edges of the wings, the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, propeller and windscreen. More

Air traffic controllers enter fiscal cliff debate
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The nation's air traffic controllers are raising the spectre of chaos in America's skies, if the federal government fails to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association said deep cuts mandated by sequestration legislation, would impact travelers, general aviation pilots, businesses, even the military. More

Satcom Direct launches FlightDeck 360
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Satcom Direct has launched FlightDeck 360, a mobile application that enables customers to view real-time flight data and utilize datalink communications before and during a flight. FlightDeck 360 is a mobile flight data management system. The app allows customers to access messages in flight, pre-departure clearances, oceanic clearances, flight plans and support documents before powering up the aircraft. More

General aviation taking off at Long Island's MacArthur Airport
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While Long Island MacArthur Airport officials have struggled to jump-start commercial air travel, general aviation flights at the Ronkonkoma, N.Y., airport are soaring. For the first nine months of 2012, MacArthur saw a 33 percent increase in flights by smaller private planes based at the airport compared with the same period in 2011. General aviation flights by planes not based at MacArthur jumped 15.5 percent in the same time frame. Overall, these noncommercial, nonmilitary flights were up 25 percent. More

Synergy efficient aircraft ready for OSH?
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John McGinnis' grass-roots Synergy five-place efficient aircraft project has attracted critical attention as well as tens of thousands of donated dollars. A flying prototype may be coming to AirVenture 2013, but challenges remain. McGinnis is currently optimistic that his current pace could deliver to AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 a flying proof-of-concept prototype that will conclusively demonstrate the "stellar performance for this configuration." More

Pilot takes crazy approach to a landing in Brazil
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VideoBriefA pilot in Brazil took a strange and dangerous approach to landing his aircraft. After dropping off several parachutists, he began his descent. Rather than approaching the runway on a straight line, he banked hard, turning nearly 180 degrees just before touching down. More

Cessna 310 being converted to race car
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The variety of final destinations for retired airplanes can be quite fascinating, ranging from scrap metal to incredible pieces of art. Now a police officer and race car driver, Jeff Bloch (aka Speedycop), who has become known for creating unique racing machines, has come up with a new idea for the use of a parked airplane that he believes is a first — turning it into a race car. More

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