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Volume 25, Number 35b
August 29, 2018
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Eco-Groups Lobby Against Supersonic Flight
Mary Grady
With a measure to lift the ban on supersonic flight above the U.S. in play in the Senate, a coalition of 38 environmental and health advocacy groups issued a news release this week urging lawmakers to uphold the current restrictions.
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When There's No Need For Speed
Paul Bertorelli
Writing about landings gone bad is a perennial favorite of aviation columnists. And guess what? There's an unending supply of raw material. In today's blog, we offer this bit of advice: No one can help you with your crappy landings. Figure it out for yourself.
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Aireon Opens Registration For ADS-B Tracking
Mary Grady
Aireon Alert, which promises to provide free emergency response tracking for any ADS-B-equipped aircraft, anywhere in the world, is now open to accept registrations.
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Lake Aircraft Seeks Buyer
Mary Grady
Lake Aircraft has gone up for sale before, several times, but this week the company announced it’s trying again to find a new owner for its assets, including the only FAA-certified single-engine amphibious airplane on the market.
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Cockpits By Braille
Procedural memory requires practice, and that goes double for emergency procedures. Do it right and you’ll know your cockpit blindfolded.
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NASA Advances Wing-Folding Technology
Mary Grady
Engineers from NASA and Boeing have successfully used “shape memory alloys” to fold a full-sized wing section from an F/A-18 Hornet jet, NASA has reported.
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SkyRyse Launches Semi-Autonomous Transportation Service
Kate O'Connor
California-based SkyRyse announced the launch of a new emergency response service using semi-autonomous aircraft and introduced its advanced pilot assistance system (APAS) on Tuesday. According to the company, APAS automates, adapts and enhances control systems on compatible aircraft by using artificial intelligence, a camera and sensor suite, and decision-making algorithms.
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Why Light Sport Airplanes Suffer So Many Crashes
Paul Bertorelli
Light sport airplanes were supposed to be a cheaper alternative to certified aircraft and they are. But AVweb's look at the accident record of these airplanes confirms what many skeptics worried about: They suffer more crashes than standard category aircraft. This video explains why.
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General Aviation Accident Bulletin
Recent general aviation and air carrier accidents.
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Short Final: Turtle
I was doing traffic pattern work in a Citabria on a Friday afternoon at a busy, towered, Class D airport. Meanwhile, the business jet traffic was picking up, and the tower controller was doing an admirable job working our touch and goes in between the jet arrivals and departures.
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