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The NTSB has issued its five newest Safety Alerts aimed to help pilots develop mitigating strategies to prevent accidents. These follow five issued in March that focused on the most frequent type of general aviation accidents. “Knowing these accidents can be prevented is why ‘General Aviation Safety’ is on our Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements,” said NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman. Read More
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"We are concerned that there is a sort of perfect storm approaching us in terms of flying retention," acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning told Foreign Policy magazine in a recent interview. "If I’m looking at my jet parked on the ramp instead of flying it, and I can get a job somewhere else flying, then I’m going to do that.” Hiring is expected to pick up for the commercial airlines next year, as pilots who got a reprieve when the FAA boosted mandatory retirement age to 65 in 2007 will start aging out of the cockpit. At the same time, federal policy changes mean less flying time for Air Force pilots. Read More
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An incentive to use technology to reduce overflight noise for Grand Canyon National Park air tour operators kicked in on the first day of the new year. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the eight flightseeing operators have to pay a $25 fee per flight over the Grand Canyon, however, the fee is reduced to $20 for aircraft that meet noise reduction requirements. The FAA determines which aircraft comply through a formula that takes into account flyover noise emission from certification data and number of seats. Read More
Kenneth Schechter, who died earlier this month in Fairfield, Calif., at age 83, had been just 22 years old when he survived an unusual blind landing in Korea. Schechter was flying an A-1 Skyraider above the Korean coastline on his 27th combat mission, in 1952, when an enemy shell blew the canopy off his airplane and metal fragments struck both of his eyes. Read More
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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Week

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Six test sites have been selected by the FAA for working toward the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace. The six sites "achieve cross-country geographic and climatic diversity and help the FAA meet its UAS research needs," the agency said on Monday. The sites, in Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas, New York, and Virginia, will help to meet the FAA's research goals, which it has defined as system safety, command and control link issues, control station layout and certification, sense and avoid capabilities both on the ground and in the air, environmental impacts, and aircraft certification. Read More
Citing an ongoing effort "to ensure long-term sustainability," the board of the Reno Air Races said on Monday it has eliminated the job of CEO Mike Houghton, and he won't be replaced. "This is an extremely difficult decision but, in light of current circumstances and financial restraints, we felt that it was in the best interest of the Air Races," said board chairman Mike Major. Houghton told the local website the decision was "disappointing and devastating," though not a total shock. "The reality of it is tough," he said. "I've been doing this for 15 years and 16 races." Read More
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With the average age of the light aircraft fleet north of 40 years, it's a challenge to keep older aircraft maintained. In this video, Cub owner Paul Bertorelli shows how the shop uses a borescope to see deep inside the aircraft to detect any issues before they become serious. Read More
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As of July, the ATP will be essentially unobtainable by mortal man. If you've got the hours and want one, you've got six months. Read More
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo || Sebring, FL || 
January 16-19, 2014
The internal GPS receiver in some tablets doesn't always provide reliable lock-on in all aircraft cabins. Two new satellite receivers -- from Bad Elf and Global Nav Systems -- solve this problem. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano has a look at them in this AVweb video. Read More
Renting Airplanes Just Got Easier || 
In 1976, famed aviation businessman and movie pilot Clay Lacy was asked to fly one of the strangest stunt acts in aviation: The Human Fly. In this exclusive AVweb video, he explains how the project came into being. Read More