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The FAA and NTSB both issued safety alerts recently that warn pilots to use proper procedures when operating on runways. The NTSB cites several accidents when pilots chose an intersection takeoff to save time, and then lost power. In each case, if the pilot had used the entire runway, there would have been room for a safe landing straight ahead. Instead, all three aircraft crashed, and two people were killed.The FAA’s Safety Alert for Pilots also concerns runway operations, reminding pilots and airport workers about the correct procedures for using runway status lights. Read More
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Two men who died in the crash of a Czech-built light-sport aircraft in Rhoadesville, Virginia, in May 2016 had deployed a parachute recovery system, but it failed when the single front attachment point detached, according to a recent NTSB report. According to the NTSB, the pilot had recently purchased the Jihlavan KP 5 ASA (Skyleader 500), an all-metal, two-seat low-wing aircraft, with a chute supplied by Galaxy Rescue Systems, and was taking instruction in it to satisfy insurance requirements. Read More
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Now that the Part 23 rules to certify airplanes have been revised, the FAA says it’s ready to take on an overhaul of the regulations for certifying helicopters. “The proposed changes are necessary to address modern designs currently used in the rotorcraft industry and would reduce the burden on applicants for certification of new rotorcraft designs,” the FAA said in its proposal, published Wednesday in the Federal Register. Read More
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As I approached Sarasota Airport on the downwind there was a Cessna 172 ahead of me who asked the tower clearance for landing ... Tower: State your intentions.” ... The pilot said that he planned to have dinner with his brother-in-law that evening ... Tower:"Roger, cleared to land." Read More
You and your safety pilot always need to have the same plan in mind, but you also can fly them solo when conditions are right. Read More
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Waco's YMF-5 is one of them, although it's been updated. It was on display on amphibious floats at this weekend's AOPA fly-in in Tampa. Read More
The market may be flooded with ADS-B weather receivers, but the market is also seeing a new generation of subscription-based portable SiriusXM weather receivers. The latest one comes from Garmin—the GDL51—which finally completes the weather interface on the company's aera660 portable GPS, plus it works with the Garmin Pilot tablet app. In this video, Aviation Consumer magazine Editor Larry Anglisano takes a close look at the new receiver on the bench and in the air. Read More
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'Tis the season for fall colors photos and this is the best we got this week. Thanks to Eric Swanberg for a really good one. Read More

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