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Government Considers Mandatory Insurance for GA
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 08:07

GA-InsuranceUnless you are required by a lender to carry liability insurance for your airplane, you likely don't have to pay for such a policy. Only 11 states require some form of liability insurance for general aviation aircraft operators, according to the Government Accountability Office, unlike automobile owners and commercial airlines, which are federally obligated to be insured.

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Reno Air Race Gets Ready for Action
Friday, 18 September 2015 08:14

2015-Reno-Rare-BearIf you are an air race fan, it's time to make the annual migration to Reno for the National Championship Air Races. The competition starts today at Reno Stead Airport, 10 miles northwest of the city. In addition to the promise of adrenaline-pumping races from buzzing miniature sport airplanes to roaring unlimiteds, the weekend promises exciting aerial performances including the Breitling Jet Team formation demonstration, David Martin flying his seemingly impossible aerobatic routine, a Tora, Tora, Tora display, and much more.

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FAA Appoints Two To Head UAS Safety Office
Monday, 07 September 2015 11:04

FLY0315-Jumpseat-DronesAs the FAA gets serious about stemming the threat of UAVs mixing in airspace with general aviation and airline traffic, the agency has appointed two new executives to head its UAS Integration Office.

Retired U.S. Air Force major general Marke "Hoot" Gibson has been tapped to become the senior advisor on UAS integration, reporting to FAA deputy administrator Michael Whitaker.

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FAA Investigating Reported UAV Collision with Piper Twin
Thursday, 03 September 2015 08:58

UAV-midairSo far it's unconfirmed, but the FAA is taking seriously a report that a Piper twin was involved in a midair collision with a UAV over northern Illinois on August 27.

Maybe we should be calling it a UFO, since the FAA's incident report refers to a collision between the Piper Apache and an "unidentified object" over Romeoville, Illinois, under Chicago's Class B airspace about 20 nm southwest of O'Hare International.

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Just Aircraft Cofounder Unhurt in SuperSTOL Crash
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 14:19

SuperSTOL-crashJust Aircraft cofounder Troy Woodland and a passenger were unhurt in a serious crash of Woodland's SuperSTOL demonstrator after an apparent engine failure over hilly terrain near the company's factory in Walhalla, South Carolina.

Woodland attempted to land the airplane on a newly built residential street where homes have yet to be constructed, but the rugged terrain made it impossible to put the SuperSTOL down in one piece despite it's remarkable short takeoff and landing capabilities, which allow it to touch down in as little as 100 feet.

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ALPA Moves To Block Medical Reform Bill
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 09:16

ga plane runwayJust when it appeared third-class medical reform might finally be within legislative reach, airline pilots have held up their hands to say not so fast.

The Air Line Pilots Association is staging an 11th-hour p.r. campaign aimed at derailing the key provisions of the Pilots' Bill of Rights 2, legislation aimed at eliminating third-class medicals for most private pilots in favor of self-health assessments.

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Quest Expanding Under New Japanese Owners
Thursday, 23 July 2015 11:38

Quest AircraftQuest Aircraft is wasting no time planning for the future after being acquired earlier this year by Japan's Setouchi Holdings. The manufacturer is nearly doubling the size of its Kodiak production facility in Standpoint, Idaho, where it has been building the rugged utility single-engine turboprops for nearly a decade.

Construction of the new factory is slated to begin in August, with completion targeted by the end of the year.

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Airbus E-Fan Makes Successful English Channel Flight
Monday, 13 July 2015 12:47

airbus efan english channelAirbus Group's E-Fan demonstrator was able to successfully cross the English Channel on Friday morning, mirroring Louis Blériot’s historical flight nearly 106 years ago. But the record flight is already proving controversial.

Taking off from Lydd Airport in southern England, the twin-fan electric airplane completed the flight in 38 minutes, reaching a cruise altitude of 3,500 feet. Pilot and E-Fan designer Didier Esteyne was at the controls for the flight.

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Solar Impulse Breaks Record for Longest Flight
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 10:23

Solar Impulse Hawaii LandingA feat that many thought unachievable with today’s technology has been done. Last week, André Borschberg completed the most arduous leg in the planned round-the-world flight of the all-solar-powered Solar Impulse Si2, crossing the Pacific Ocean from Nagoya, Japan to Kalaeloa Airport just west of Honolulu, Hawaii. The marathon flight took nearly 117 hours and 52 minutes to complete, going down in the record books as the longest solo flight in the history of flight.

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AOPA, NBAA Warn of 'Troubling' ATC User Fee Bill
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:18

atc workstationThe leaders of two of aviation's most powerful lobbying associations are aligning in vocal opposition to a plan by the head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to introduce legislation aimed at paying for future ATC services through user fees.

Mark Baker, president of AOPA, and Ed Bolen, head of the National Business Aviation Association, warned that legislation about to be introduced by Committee head Rep. Bill Shuster (R.-Pa.) threatens to stifle general aviation and restrict access to airports and airspace by imposing user fees.

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