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The first Pilot's Bill of Rights, signed into law in 2012, is in need of an update, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said this week, so he's working on new legislation to expand pilot protections. "The goal of Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 is to continue to address unfair practices and regulations towards the aviation industry," Inhofe said. The proposal would expand the third-class medical exemption to most general aviation pilots and curb searches of GA aircraft by agents of Customs and Border Patrol. Read More
If you have an opinion about allowing the use of commercial unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace, the FAA wants to hear from you -- and soon. Comments will be accepted until mid-July regarding a recent petition from six companies in the movie and TV industry asking for exemptions that would allow them to use small UAS in their businesses. Read More
AEA Pilots Guide || Aircraft Electronics 
Pilot's Guide to Avionics Now Available
The 2013-'14 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. To request a complimentary copy, visit

The publication is a consumer's directory loaded with educational articles and timely information about the avionics industry, its products and its people, which helps pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions and locate more than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair stations, around the world.
A Los Angeles-bound 737 landed in Wichita after an evacuation slide inflated inside the cabin. Read More
A Cirrus pilot may have been confident that he could land safely on a private rural airstrip on a dark moonless night, with help from the headlights of a relative's car pointed at the runway, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in its final report last week, but the flight ended in a fatal crash. Several other airports with lit runways were available nearby, the ATSB said. Read More
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Mike Slack founded the Fort Worth legal firm of Slack and Davis, which provided much of the background information for the controversial USA Today story that examined general aviation safety a couple of weeks ago. Slack, an IFR-rated pilot and owner of a turbo 182 and a T-6, told AVweb's Russ Niles that rather than shoot the messenger, GA should be looking at meaningful changes to the way airplanes are built and accidents investigated. Read More
The Farnborough Air Show doesn't start for another two weeks but the order contest between Airbus and Boeing that often grabs the headlines from the show has already started. In fact, Euronews is reporting that Boeing CEO Ray Conner has emailed employees urging them to claw for every sale possible as the company fights to increase market share. Read More
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The first time the Marines tried it, it wasn't quite so pretty. Read More
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Lithium-ion batteries, which have three times the power of lead acid aircraft cells, are starting to find their way into new aircraft. Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics has formed a new division called True Blue Power to serve this market. In this AVweb video, MCI's Todd Winter discusses the new battery products. Read More
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At its Gunskirchen, Austria, factory, Rotax celebrated both 25 years of producing the 912 series engine and the 50,000th engine in the series. AVweb was there and prepared this video report with the company's Francois Tremblay. Read More
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An extensive report on general aviation safety in "USA Today" this week doesn't convey the whole story, says GAMA President Pete Bunce. He took a break from his work in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to talk with AVweb's Mary Grady about ongoing efforts to build safer airplanes. Read More
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Cessna 172s may be not be fast or sexy, but there are plenty of them out there and prices reflect that supply. There are also lots of aftermarket mods for these airplanes. Larry Gettleman of Louisville, Ky., put that to work in his refurb of this month's "Refurbished Aircraft the Month." Read More
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Sometimes a simple sign takes on a much more serious tone, as evidenced by this week's prize-winning snapshot from Mark Goldstein of Wichita, KS. Click through for more reader-submitted photos. Read More