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Englishman builds own plane, stops at New York airport on world trip
Colin Hales had just graduated high school in England in the late 1980s when his parents sent him to Camp Na-Sho-Pa in Bloomingburg for the summer. It was a great outdoor experience for the young Englishman; he hiked, swam, and even managed a visit to New York City.
One day as Hales lazed on the grass at the camp, he spied a small plane gliding over a hill. There must be an airport nearby, Hales thought to himself. And true enough, he found Wurtsboro-Sullivan County Airport and several small planes.
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US panel aims to shield planes from cyberattacks
U.S. aviation regulators and industry officials have begun developing comprehensive cybersecurity protections for aircraft, seeking to cover everything from the largest commercial jetliners to small private planes.
A high-level advisory committee set up by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration — including representatives of plane makers, pilots and parts suppliers from around the globe — was scheduled to meet for the first time this month amid rising concern over potential industry vulnerability to computer hackers.
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Soaring pioneer George Applebay dies at 89
George Applebay will be remembered for more than being a pioneer in glider design and a fixture in the soaring community. Applebay, who died in April at 89, also was a World War II flight engineer and a test pilot for various aviation companies. His career spanned decades as he worked until late 2014 at his business, Applebay Aircraft at Moriarty Airport in New Mexico. Moriarty is home of the museum he founded, the U.S. Southwest Soaring Museum.
Solar Impulse plane en route to Hawaii from Japan
Canadian Press via Houston Today
A solar-powered plane took off from Japan recently to attempt a five-day flight over open water to Hawaii, the eighth leg of its bid to fly around the world without fuel.
Its long wings lighting up the night sky, the Solar Impulse 2 departed at 3:03 a.m. after an unscheduled, month-long stop in Japan because of unfavorable weather.
The flight to Hawaii, by far the longest of the journey so far, is risky because there are few if any places to land in an emergency.
Is owning safer?
Pilots decide to buy their own airplane for a variety of reasons. It could be a business decision, helping ensure coverage of a relatively wide sales area, or perhaps an aerial photography business. Specialized flight training — like acro, or a quicky instrument rating — also can be a reason. Recreation or personal transportation is yet another. One of my major motivations was safety.
Batten down the hatches
General Aviation News
According to author Jeffrey Madison: Once I began flying the line, I rarely thought about seat positions and calibrations. At a certain point, takeoffs and landings in an airliner are all about holding a particular deck angle. That generally means eyes more inside on the artificial horizon than outside. Plus the time pressures we were under to run our checklists, procedures and flows and get out of the gate on time pushed seat adjustments down the priority list.
Anyway, I rarely put anything up on the glare shield. And if I did, I'd see it, right?
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Senate calls for improved FAA certification process
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee highlights certification reform and ADS-B implementation in its recommended $16 billion Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the FAA. The committee, which cleared the bill for full Senate consideration recently, is recommending a FY2016 FAA budget that is $175 million more than requested from the White House and nearly $300 million more than last year's. Similar to the House, the Senate would furnish far less for the FAA's facilities and equipment than the White House sought, but would match FY2015's $2.6 billion.
Taking flight; Children get a chance for free airplane rides
Mikaylah Gunderson, 10, and her brother Spencer Hoogenraad, 8, got the chance to see Austin, Minnesota, from the sky.
They were two of the many area children ages 8-17 who got the chance to fly through the sky for free at the Austin Municipal Airport during the Young Eagles Flight Rally.
"We were [flying] around, we saw pools," Mikaylah said. "And it was cool that we could talk to each other [with headphones]."
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