“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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USA and Canadian pilot license conversion becomes easier

The FAA and Transport Canada (TC) have signed a two-way agreement which will make pilot license conversions between the two countries easier.Continue Reading