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Volume 25, Number 50a
December 10, 2018
 
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Storm Cancels Thousands Of Flights
 
Russ Niles
 
 
The nasty mix of ice and snow that blanketed the Southeast on the weekend is expected to linger through Monday, cancelling thousands of flights and causing a ripple through the whole system.
 
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Sleep Is Underrated
 
Paul Berge
 
The drone of engines and the soft white noise of a radar room are soporifics more powerful than high school English class. It's not so bad falling asleep, but how you handle waking up.
 
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Video: Stemme S10/12 Touring Motorglider
 
Larry Anglisano
 
 
Powered by a Rotax 914 turbocharged engine, the Stemme S10VT and the in-development S12 represent the latest in touring motorglider technology. With a 50:1 glide ratio, 18,000-foot service ceiling, and day and night VFR capability, the aircraft can be used for competition and long distance travel. "Aviation Consumer" magazine editor Larry Anglisano took a closer look at the aircraft at the Soaring Society of America's national convention in Greenville, South Carolina.
 
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FAA Cracks Down On Illegal Charters
 
Russ Niles
 
 
An Oklahoma helicopter company has been fined more than $50,000 for dodging FAA regulations and illegally chartering fixed-wing aircraft. Interstate Helicopters and its owner James Paul Johnson were caught in an FAA enforcement effort to curb illegal charters.
 
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Virgin Galactic Plans Space Flight This Month
 
Russ Niles
 
 
Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson says the company will return to space before the end of the year and he’s looking forward to a trip there shortly afterward.
 
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Buzzy The Drone Leads FAA Kids Campaign
 
Russ Niles
 
 
Children haven’t traditionally been the target of FAA compliance efforts but Buzzy the Drone will lead the agency into the holiday drone-giving season to keep kids from flying their new treasures where they shouldn’t be.
 
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Distracted Flying Cited In Landing Accident
 
Russ Niles
 
 
Distracted flying has been cited in the dynamic rollover of a light helicopter in Ireland in July. The country’s Air Accidents Investigations Unit said the pilot of an Enstrom 280FX helicopter was landing on a beach near Ardfert when his cellphone, which was mounted on the control panel, rang.
 
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Tuskeegee Airman Takes Birthday Flight
 
Russ Niles
 
 
Old habits die hard and when retired Air Force Col. Charles McGee took the controls of a HondaJet last week, he banked gently left and right, getting a feel for the ultramodern business jet.
 
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Report Cites Maintenance Issues In Fatal KC-130 Crash
 
Kate O'Connor
 
 
The inflight breakup of a U.S. Marine Corps-operated KC-130T on July 10, 2017, was the result of “deficiencies in the propeller blade overhaul process,” according to a report released by the Marine Corps on Thursday.
 
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New RV Airshow Team Formed
 
Kate O'Connor
 
 
Although its team members have been flying airshows together for more than five years, the Lightning Formation Airshows Team was officially formed just this December. The team performs with eight RV aircraft, featuring a six-ship core with two solo aircraft.
 
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Top Letters And Comments, December 7, 2018
 
 
This week's letters brought comments from readers about a runway overrun, sumping fuel tanks during preflight inspections, self-driving cars competing with air travel, a hang gliding instructor who forgot to attach his passenger, and a county vote that suggests a future airport closure.
 
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Short Final: Twilight Zone
 
My wife and I departed Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix in our Cessna 177RG. Before departing we received a complicated taxi clearance to what looked like a parking lot at the end the active runway.
 
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Brainteasers Quiz #250: Still Teasing After All These Years
 

This 250th Brainteaser Quiz builds on a legacy of over 2500 questions -- some, admittedly, with questionable answers -- and asks not what the quiz can tease for you, but what you can do to ace this quiz.

Click here to take the quiz.

 
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