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 DLR Institute for Technical Thermodynamics (Stuttgart, Germany) in collaboration with Lange Aviation, BASF Fuel Cells and Serenergy (Denmark).

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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 of 90 MPH. As an airplane, it can fly at 115 MPH with a range of 500 miles.


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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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FAA improves NOTAM system

As of the 28th of January 2008, Local NOTAMs in the United States will be reclassified as Distant NOTAMs. This comes as part of the first stage of an FAA plan to modernize the Notices to Airmen system.

The goals of the program are to:

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C172S (SP) Skyhawk orientation

The Cessna 172 is the most popular general aviation training airplane. This document is a summary of technical information about the SP model of the aircraft.

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