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The crashes that changed plane designs forever
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:59

plane designsThe tragedies that were part of a long and fraught process that has helped make flying as safe as it is today. 

At any one time hundreds of thousands of us are cocooned in pressurised cabins scything through the cold upper reaches of the troposphere.

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Première mondiale : Dassault fait voler un drone militaire avec un Rafale et un Falcon
Monday, 14 April 2014 11:04

Dassault Le groupe français a révélé qu'il avait réalisé le 20 mars 2014 un vol en patrouille du nEUROn, le drone de combat furtif, avec un Rafale et un Falcon 7X.

Dassault Aviation* a révélé qu'il avait réalisé le 20 mars 2014 un vol en patrouille du nEUROn, le drone de combat furtif, avec un Rafale et un Falcon 7X.

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FAA issues second GA airport study
Friday, 11 April 2014 14:55

FAAThe FAA has issued its second study of general aviation airports, called ASSET 2, this time covering 497 airports that did not fit into a category under the original study.

In 2012, the FAA released a one-year-and-a-half study that examined the role GA airports play in the national aviation system. Nearly 3,000 GA airports were placed into four categories: National, regional, local, and basic. The 497 airports in the second study did not fit into any of those categories.

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P-51 raffle winner named
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:30

stallions crazy horse low passAnd the winner is…Jim Penn.

At SUN ’n FUN, Penn’s raffle ticket was plucked from a tumbler filled with hundreds of tickets and now he gets an orientation flight in the P-51 “Crazy Horse” operated by Stallion 51.

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Celebrating 40 years of great times and great people
Monday, 07 April 2014 12:26

Book“In the uniquely different manner the event is managed, there is the freedom to explore and innovate by any volunteer.”

That’s how Karl “Bud” Davidson begins his recounting of SUN ‘n FUN’s 40 years in a new book, “Unfreeze Your Bird: The History of SUN ’n FUN” debuting at SUN ’n FUN this year.

Bob Hoover put it another way: “SUN ‘n FUN always felt like a homecoming for me…a warm, welcoming place to reconnect with friends and my aviation family; a real home-away-from-home where everyone knew everyone’s name.” Therein are the two touchstones of SUN ‘n FUN’s 40 years — selfless individual initiative and a warm inviting atmosphere that welcomes all aviators.

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OpenAirplane expands to private aircraft
Friday, 04 April 2014 10:58

OpenAirplaneThursday at SUN ’n FUN, OpenAirplane unveiled a new service that helps aircraft owners join the “sharing economy.”

With “Collaborative Aircraft Rental” owners can rent their airplanes to pilots who have passed the OpenAirplane universal checkout.

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Asiana Critical of Boeing 777’s Autothrottle Design
Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:49

Asiana BoeingWhile Asiana Airlines has not denied the culpability of its pilots in the loss of airspeed that ultimately caused the July 6 crash of one of the carrier’s Boeing 777-200ERs on approach to San Francisco International Airport, it has also blamed the design of the airplane itself, calling the warning system to alert the flight crew that the autothrottle stopped maintaining airspeed “inadequate.”

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After seven years, exactly one person gets off the gov’t no-fly list
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:19

no flyNew report on terrorism "blacklists" suggests it won't be easier the next time.

A hearing in federal court Tuesday has apparently marked the conclusion of a drawn-out, costly, and, to use the judge’s own term, “Kafkaesque” legal battle over the government no-fly list. Malaysian college professor Rahinah Ibrahim sued the government back in 2006, after Dr. Ibrahim’s name mistakenly ended up on a federal government no-fly list.

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Classified X-37B space plane breaks space longevity record
Monday, 31 March 2014 11:08

X-37BThe secret space plane could be testing new technology for spy satellites.

A little-known U.S. space plane quietly broke its own space endurance record this week as its current unmanned mission surpassed 469 days in space.

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AOPA launches Rusty Pilots Initiative
Friday, 28 March 2014 13:19

aopaThe Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today launched the Rusty Pilots program, which allows lapsed pilots a way to return to flying in a matter of hours through a free session of ground school that fulfills the FAA’s flight review requirement for ground instruction.

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