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IFR Fix: Dangerous game

IFR Fix | Aug 03, 2012

With heartbreaking regularity, VFR pilots, often flying high-performance aircraft, continue to tangle with instrument weather despite odds that never improve for that dangerous game. Whether the result is a graveyard spiral from spatial disorientation, or colliding with terrain in a bid to escape weather, pilots keep trying, often with passengers.

FreeFlight Systems lands STC for ADS-B Out

Article | Jun 20, 2012

A transceiver developed by a Texas avionics company will help keep Gulf of Mexico helicopters safely separated while flying more efficient direct routes, the company announced this month. The FreeFlight RANGR FDL-978TX is the first rule-compliant ADS-B Out system to earn a supplemental type certificate for installations in AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, after proving capabilities in the Chevron fleet.

National issues, local focus at Maryland event

Advocacy | May 10, 2012

Pilots around the country are affected by efforts to promote flight safety, protect airports, defend against costly proposals, and build aviation communities. On May 4 and 5, AOPA staff discussed national issues and their local implications with an audience close to home.

License to learn

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

It happened in the early 1990s. That was the time we saw the diminishing influence of World War II-era flight instructors (and their instructional progeny). Our pilots didn't fly jets, they flew airplanes that demanded exceptional stick-and-rudder skills.

Fake advisory circular sent to simulator customers

Article | Mar 29, 2012

A document faked to look like an FAA advisory circular sent to Redbird Flight Simulation customers, and possibly others, says that customers must be aware of software licensing agreements and that their simulator may not be valid as a result.

West Coast sanctuary overflight now a dangerous gamble

Advocacy | Feb 02, 2012

Pilots could face stiff fines - up to six figures - for violating new overflight regulations that place the National Airspace System on a slippery slope. The FAA has ceded to another federal agency - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - authority to enforce what amount to new airspace restrictions.

FAA issues notice of policy on new airborne wind energy systems

Advocacy | Jan 26, 2012

The FAA is asking for public participation as it integrates an emerging technology known as airborne wind energy systems into the National Airspace System.