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Storm-battered American plane gets hail of a fix at D/FW
The Dallas Morning News
When company officials learned that one of American Airlines Inc.'s nearly new Boeing 787s had been caught in a vicious hailstorm July 27, fears arose that it would be grounded for a long time.
But American now expects to have the hail-damaged Boeing 787 repaired and back in service soon, less than four weeks after the Chinese storm pummeled the 3-month-old airplane with ice and sent it back to Beijing.
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NTSB: Carburetor cited In Harrison Ford accident
A carburetor malfunction led to the loss of engine power in the Ryan PT-22 flown by Harrison Ford when he made a forced landing in March, the NTSB said in its probable cause report. The board also cited faulty shoulder harness hardware that contributed to Ford's multiple injuries. The actor and pilot was hospitalized after the accident, which occurred March 5 after taking off from Santa Monica Airport. Shortly after departing Runway 21, he reported mechanical problems to ATC and asked to turn back.
Video: Leo Moroni, aviation mechanic for Textron Aviation
"I've never had a day that I actually did not feel like coming to work," Leo Moroni said. If you have a passion for aviation and work hard, you could travel the world fixing airplanes — from piston-driven propeller aircraft to the fastest civilian planes in the world.
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Flight demo: Searey elite amphibian
According to author Matt Thurber: At this year's EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, I was invited for a demo flight in Progressive Aerodyne’s Searey amphibious light sport aircraft. The Searey isn't new on the scene and since 1992, the two-seater has been sold as an experimental amateur-built kit with more than 500 already flight. In 2010, Progressive Aerodyne moved to its new facility in seaplane-friendly Tavares, Florida, and in 2012 it received FAA approval for the factory-built light sport aircraft version of the Searey amphib.
California airport a bustling miniature city
Engines blasting, a de Havilland Twin Otter packed with skydivers zooms down the runway and lifts into the pale blue summer sky above Lodi, California.
Not far away, Bill Bardin and David Hardwick are buzzing along the edge of the second runway, as Hardwick learns the essentials of operating a light sports aircraft.
Inside a row of hangars, pilots and mechanics are painting, repairing and rebuilding aircraft.
And the Airport Cafe, where a huge wooden prop adorns one wall, the morning crowd has gathered to devour pancakes, sip coffee and exchange gossip.
Firewall forward: Starting your engine
The first time you start the engine on your airplane, you should be really close to completion. Not 90 percent done and 90 percent to-go close, but really, really close. This is because you will be removing the preservative measures that should have been in place all through the construction process, and you will now expose your engine to the corrosive elements of the atmosphere. You are now moving from not worrying about engine maintenance to being concerned about its regular use to maintain it in a relatively corrosion-free state.
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Kentucky pilot hailed a hero following plane crash
Family and friends of a Pulaski County pilot call him a hero after he crash-landed a small plane over the weekend at Georgetown-Scott County Airport.
Mark Conrad, his son, and another father and son were flying home to Somerset after a fishing trip in Canada. At 12,000 feet, the small plane's left engine stopped working and Conrad tried to make an emergency landing.
The four onboard were hospitalized, three of them with "serious" injuries.
As federal investigators work to figure out what caused the crash, friends say the pilot's skills helped to prevent a tragedy.
Summer provides opportunities to help GA
General Aviation News
As congressional lawmakers head home for summer recess, officials with the National Business Aviation Association note that pilots have an opportunity to build on a "Call to Action" to contact their elected representatives regarding proposals under discussion in Washington for creating a privatized air traffic control system funded by user fees.
"For everyone in business aviation, this is a big issue," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "There's a lot at stake here. If we found ourselves [in a situation] where we did not have access to airports, it would really call into question if there is a future for business aviation in the United States."
Base at California county airport plays big role in attack on fire
The Press Democrat
One of the sweetest sounds during a pitched battle with a raging wildfire is the roar of an airplane swooping in low to deliver a payload of orange-red retardant, the gooey substance splattering on contact and snuffing out flames threatening lives or homes.
Two massive blazes in the North Bay in the past three weeks have again brought home the crucial role aerial bombers play in combating conflagrations across drought-stricken California.
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