Three Things You Should
Never Say to ATC
Listen as two ATC pros share tips on better communication with ATC.
Avoid these common mistakes and make your interactions more efficient
and accurate. This is a sample from Pilot Workshops
' Tip of
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MEXICO PROPOSES FLOATPLANE, AMPHIB BAN
Float and amphib
aircraft operators throughout the U.S. are rallying to fight a proposal
by the state of New Mexico to ban aircraft from the state's lakes. The
proposal is a single line item tucked in a long list of proposed changes
(top of page 6 in this PDF) to the New Mexico Administrative Code.
According to Jason Baker, the editor of Seaplaneforum.com, the proposal blindsided the
floatplane community in New Mexico and it found out in the nick of time
to attend a hearing in Santa Fe Oct. 17. Written comments are being
accepted until the end of the month to April Alvarado, EMNRD, State
Parks Division, 1220 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505 or by
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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that the whole world is watching," Baumgartner said after the jump. "I
said, I wish they would see what I see. It was amazing." On Tuesday, Red
Bull released new footage from Baumgartner's point of view as he made
that long fall through the upper stretches of the atmosphere.
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FINAL MISSION -- ACROSS L.A.
Moving a retired space shuttle
from LAX to the California Science Center, 12 miles away through densely
populated urban neighborhoods, is no easy task. Residents complained
when about 400 trees were cut down (each one will be replaced with two
new plantings), but when the huge shuttle actually turned up on their
streets over the weekend, it drew admiring crowds. The shuttle's final
trip started just before midnight on Thursday and finally reached its
new hangar on Sunday afternoon, about 16 hours behind schedule. Bryan
Chan, of the Los Angeles Times, created a fascinating time-lapse video
showing Endeavour's last trip; click here to watch. More...
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FLOATS DRONE CHALLENGE CONCEPT
NASA is considering the
creation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) challenge with the goal of
finding solutions to problems involved in integrating drones into the
National Airspace System. The challenge would require competing UAS
vehicles to maintain separation from traffic while operating in
congested airspace and under a range of conditions and failure modes.
Competitors would use and demonstrate sense-and-avoid technologies
compatible with NextGen systems. Winners would receive a monetary prize
up to 1.5 million dollars as the result of winning two parts of the
challenge. NASA says competing aircraft would need to display
reliable and accurate four-dimensional trajectories. But the agency
isn't prepared to move forward just yet. More...
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CANADA DIVERTS TO IDENTIFY YACHT
A solo yachtsman who ran
into trouble in high seas off the north coast of Australia has an Air
Canada flight to thank for diverting to low altitude to confirm his
location after he set off his emergency beacon. The event took place two
weeks ago, but an Air Canada spokesman commented Tuesday on the role of
the airliner. Flight AC033, a Boeing 777 out of Vancouver for Sydney,
was one of two airliners that rescue authorities estimated would pass
over the sailor's transmitted GPS position. Air Canada said Tuesday
that its crew quickly determined they had sufficient fuel reserves to
participate "and headed out to the remote area which was over fairly
rough seas." The 777 then descended to roughly 4,000 feet and, with the
help of passengers, the crew started looking. More...
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FIRST SOLO FLIGHTS, FOR A 16-YEAR-OLD
Those who worry that
the next generation has failed to embrace the romance of flight might be
heartened by the three flights launched Sunday morning by Drew Gryder,
of Hampton, Ga., on his 16th birthday. Gryder, who has grown up in an
aviation family -- his father, Dan, flies for Delta and instructs in a
DC-3 on the side -- was waiting on the centerline at midnight for the
clock to tick over to Sunday, so he could launch on his own from the
left seat in a Cessna 150. His dad and a local pilot friend took off
with him, one on each wing, for a special solo flight that had been in
the works for two years. Later in the day Gryder also soloed in a Blanik
K-7 glider and a Piper Apache twin. He said he hoped his triple-solo day
would help to show other youngsters that "age 14 and 15 is not too young
to start, and that they can also fly." More...
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BRING AVIATION TO THE MASSES
The big news in
aviation film for this fall is the national release of Flight,
starring Denzel Washington, on Nov. 2 -- early reviews are starting to
turn up online -- but meanwhile other filmmakers are working to promote
the wonder of flight. In Ohio, director Adam White recently won a film
festival award for his documentary, The Restorers, and
now is trying to create a TV series about historic aircraft and the
volunteers who keep them flying. White's company, Hemlock Films, is
searching for investors and will show the film in Cleveland on Oct. 23.
Meanwhile, reviews for Flight, which has shown at several film
festivals around the country, are mostly positive. More...
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OF CRASH PLANE DRUNK
Both pilots of an An-28 that crashed in
eastern Russia last month were drunk. Ten of the 14 aboard the aircraft
died when the plane went down in a forest. At the time, local reports
said there was no post-crash fire at the accident scene, which was about
six miles short of the airport at Palana, a tiny community on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
Witnesses said they say both pilots hoisting a few the night before the
flight. The Russian authorities have now turned their attention to
finding out how they got to the flight deck. More...
PILOTS' CONVICTION UPHELD, SENTENCE REDUCED
The workings of
the Brazilian justice system took another strange twist for two American
pilots convicted of negligence in the midair
collision that resulted in the loss of a GOL Boeing 737 in 2006. A
Brazilian court on Monday upheld the criminal conviction of Jan Paladino
and Joe Lepore but reduced their sentences a second time. After first
sentencing the pilots to four years in jail, Brazil's courts then
converted the sentence to "community service." Federal prosecutors and
family members of passengers on the 737 appealed and on Monday the
courts upheld the conviction but further reduced the sentence. The two
are now officially free to go about their business but are supposed to
check in with Brazilian penal officials from time to time. Neither man
has been in Brazil since being allowed to return to the U.S. a couple of
months after the accident. More...
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