Pilots will visit the M.D less often

Effective July 24, 2008, the FAA extended the validity period of pilot medical certificates. This change will allow some pilots to visit the aviation medical doctor less often. The extension applies only to first and third class medical certificates issued to pilots under the age of 40. Under the old rule, a third class medical […]

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Flight training in the 21st century

  Just a couple of years ago, the typical flight school airplane was using technologies that have changed very little since the 1950s. Even newly manufactured airplanes still had the standard six pack mechanical instruments. However, this changed dramatically when systems such as the Garmin 1000 and Avidyne Entegra quickly took over the General Aviation […]

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First Fuel Cell Powered Piloted Aircraft Flies

Antares DLR-H2, the first manned aircraft able to takeoff and fly powered by fuel cells took its first flight this week on July 7 in Hamburg, Germany. The Antares is a motor glider with a very low noise footprint and zero CO2 emissions. It was developed as a testbed for fuel cell technologies by the […]

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11 proven study techniques that make you a better pilot

Being a pilot requires constant learning and practice. Starting from your initial private pilot checkride through flight reviews to type ratings and airline training, these techniques will not only make the study process easier, they will make it more efficient. They will make you a better pilot.

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Holding pattern tutorial and trainer

Has this ever happened to you? You receive a holding clearance from ATC, and only have a couple of minutes, sometimes only a few seconds, to choose the correct entry. By the time you’ve figured out what’s going on, you’ve already passed the fix and don’t know what to do next.

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“Roadable aircraft” to be test flown soon

The Transition, a small aircraft that converts into a car is scheduled for testing by Terrafugia, a Woburn, Massachusetts based company. The vehicle’s wings can extend and retract and transform the roadable car into a fixed-wing airplane and vice-versa in only a few minutes. As a car, the transition will be able to reach speeds […]

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New international flight requirements

A new Federal rule requires General Aviation pilots who fly internationally across the United States borders to file inbound and outbound departure notifications as well as passenger manifests at least 60 minutes before taking off.

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Washington D.C.’s special flight rules now permanent

The FAA has made the special flight restrictions and procedures around Washington D.C. permanent. This rule will become effective starting February 17, 2009.

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Garmin’s Synthetic Vision certified

Garmin International received FAA certification for its Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) this week. The new technology will display 3-dimensional terrain information on Primary Flight Displays (PFD) of Garmin G1000 glass cockpits.  

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FAA extends English proficiency deadline

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extended the deadline to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Language proficiency requirement to March 5 2009.

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