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The acting chairman of the NTSB has expressed concerns about a proposal to abandon the third class medical but he hasn't expressly opposed it. According to Roll Call, Christopher Hart told a hearing of the Subcommittee on Government Operations: "We're very concerned about pilots flying without adequate medical standards" but he also noted he doesn't really have data to support that concern. Read More
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"It was a tremendous week," EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said on Tuesday, as the organization released its final figures for this year's show. "We filled Wittman Regional Airport with aircraft for the first time in several years, with both aircraft camping and parking areas completely full at mid-week." Pelton credited the first appearance of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds for bringing in crowds, and said exhibitors reported "outstanding business" for the week, with some selling out of product. Read More
Over the seven days of EAA AirVenture, more than 2,500 volunteers pitched in to build an airplane, and on Tuesday morning they got their reward -- the Zenith Zenith CH 750 Cruzer N140WW "One Week Wonder" took off on its first flight. "The flight was great," said Jeff Skiles, EAA's VP for community, who took the controls for the first circuit around the pattern. "The Zenith Cruzer has a lot of performance, and lifts off very fast." Read More
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A Piedmont Airlines pilot who lost his ATP and his job after he flew extra-low over his house on his way to a landing in Maryland in 2012 now has his certificate back, USA Today reported this week. Edmund Draper's Dash-8 flight, scheduled as US Airways 4343, was en route to Wicomico Regional Airport when it descended within 500 feet of a shopping mall close to Draper's home on the approach path, according to records obtained by the Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., in a Freedom of Information Act request. Read More
An "over-confident" salesman intentionally put a Cirrus SR22 into an aggravated stall before he lost control of the airplane and had to pull the parachute handle according to a Australian Transport Safety Bureau report released this week. Read More
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Does this year's exceptional AirVenture show mean the great turnaround is afoot? Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Read More
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You've been watching, listening, and reading our coverage of AirVenture 2014 at Oshkosh all week, so we sent AVweb's bright-eyed intern Ashley Anglisano to the flight line, to the exhibits, and to walk the grounds to hear what some of this year's attendees have to say about the show, why they came, and what they like best. Read More || Thousands of Aircraft 
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