FAA studying back-up system for air traffic control | How the vintage Flettner airplane flew on rotating cylinders | Scheduled charter airline offers convenient, affordable travel
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November 26, 2014
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FAA studying back-up system for air traffic control
Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is touting a military-style "hot-warm backup" system that would allow air traffic control duties to be re-balanced among Federal Aviation Administration facilities in the event of technical issues or a terrorist attack. The $65 million plan is currently under review. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (11/25)
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How the vintage Flettner airplane flew on rotating cylinders
The Flettner airplane was designed by Anton Flettner, a German engineer. His plane took advantage of the Magnus Effect to achieve flight using rotating cylinders. Flettner would later play a major role in the invention of the helicopter. IO9.com (11/25)
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Scheduled charter airline offers convenient, affordable travel
Southern Airways Express is a scheduled public charter company operating direct flights between Georgia's DeKalb Peachtree Airport and cities in neighboring states. "This is a private-plane-style flying experience for the general public," said business traveler Harold Sloves. Tickets are as low as $248 for a one-way direct flight to Destin, Fla. WXIA-TV (Atlanta) (11/26)
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Ore. GA airport gets boost from local tech companies
Oregon's Hillsboro Airport has gotten a boost from a number of high-tech companies such as SolarWorld and three Intel campuses -- all within about two miles of the airport. A recent report estimated that airport activity generated $5.6 million in state and local taxes. The Oregonian (Portland) (11/25)
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First production electric airplane set to take off in China
China's Liaoning General Aviation Academy is set to begin the first commercial production of an electric airplane. The RX1E is a two-seat, light-duty aircraft that can fly for 90 minutes on battery power. The plane is expected to sell for $163,000. SustainableBusiness.com (11/25)
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Award-Winning WingX Pro7 adds IAP Routing — Another iPad First!
Select a DP, STAR, or an Instrument Approach Procedure and WingX Pro7 adds the waypoints to the route and moving map. WingX Pro7 won Aviation Consumer's "Best iPad App of the Year Award". Just $74.99 per year (30-day demo available). Web: hiltonsoftware.com Facebook: hiltonsoftware.com/fb
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Passengers help free airplane frozen to runway in Siberia
When temperatures fell to -61 F at Igarka Airport in Siberia, the brake pads froze in the landing gear on a Russian-made Tupolev 134 operated by UTair. The passengers were asked to leave the plane after it got stuck, and when a tractor began to tow the airliner, many of the 70 passengers joined in to push. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.)/The Associated Press (11/26), The Siberian Times (Russia) (11/26)
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Lawyer boosts practice flying his own plane
Russ Klingaman, a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Milwaukee, has also been a pilot for more than 20 years. Now, a good portion of his flying time is devoted to business trips, but he says he also enjoys taking his family on trips in his Cessna 182. BizTimes Milwaukee (11/24)
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Pilot retires from flying, donates plane to charity
Bob Becker recently retired from flying after 46 years in the air, and has donated his Cessna 182 to Wings of Hope. "They're a well-known and very distinguished charity, which takes aircraft and puts it to use helping people in need of medical attention," said Becker. Elk Valley Times (Fayetteville, Tenn.) (11/24)
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FAA cracks down on unauthorized formation flights over stadiums
In the wake of a record-setting flyover of 49 Van's RVs at a Chiefs-Raiders game in Kansas City, Mo., sanctioned by the Federal Aviation Administration last year, light sport aircraft flyovers during major sporting events have become more popular. However, the FAA has issued several letters of investigation to pilots who participated in unauthorized flyovers. Flying online (11/24)
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Senators push FAA to finalize business-friendly UAV regs
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is leading efforts by a group of senators to push the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to complete regulations that would pave the way for commercial unmanned aerial vehicles. "These delays force manufacturers and operators who play by the rules to sit on the sidelines while they wait for approval, while others chance fines and operate without any certification from the FAA, which raises serious concerns about public safety," the senators wrote in a letter to the FAA. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Switch blog (11/25)
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Glamour Gooney, fly with Wagstaff
The DC-3 based at St. Simons Island, Georgia, has a long and colorful history. It landed a film role with John Travolta, and represented the iconic Douglas design on a world tour. This airplane's current owner continues to put it to work inspiring the next generation. Plus, a camera rides along with Patty Wagstaff (and you can too), and the how and why of staying on centerline. Watch AOPA Live This Week.
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Celebrating 75 years of AOPA protecting the freedom to fly
November 2012 -- The Piper Aircraft Company celebrates its 75th anniversary.
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Machado training products added to AOPA Foundation auction
Thanks to a donation from Rod Machado, the AOPA Foundation's online auction now boasts a suite of training materials from Machado's Aviation Learning Center. The items include handbooks, workbooks, audiobooks, and DVDs; all feature that unique blend of humor and aviation knowledge for which Machado is well known. Proceeds from the auction, which closes Dec. 19, will support the foundation's ongoing efforts to preserve the future of general aviation. Bid on this and other items in the auction today!
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