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AOPA AV8RS Tayler asks:
Q: If while I'm flying as a private pilot and some of the pictures I take turn out really cool... can I sell them if people want copies?.
A: Tayler – As cool as those photos may be, the FAA views aerial photography as a business and any revenue received from the sale of photographs as receiving compensation for the operation. Receiving compensation is a limitation on the Private Pilot Certificate and not permitted. You are still allowed to take photos while flying for personal use or enjoyment, just be sure it doesn’t interfere with safety of flight.
Here is the link to the Letter of Interpretation from the FAA prohibiting the business of aerial photography for Private Pilots.
--Sarah Staudt, AOPA
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AOPA AV8RS Program awards four flight-training scholarships
Frederick, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) AV8RS youth membership program has awarded four scholarships totaling $20,000 to teens who are pursuing flight training in high school and college.
This year’s scholarship program was funded through the AOPA Foundation, a non-profit organization, and made possible through generous donations from AOPA Insurance Services and Sporty’s Pilot Shop.
The winners are Alexander Brown, 15, of Boyds, Md., Abigail Jarve, 17, of Seatac, Wash., Carl Eefsting, 17, of Allendale, Mich., and Matthew Groh, 18, of Lafayette, Ind.
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Air traffic control: Like one big puzzle
Do you like puzzles, strategy games and figuring out math word problems, often in your head? If you answered yes, you might like a career as an air traffic controller.
Mariano Rosales works as a controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill. Commonly known as the Chicago Center by pilots, it is an en-route facility with airspace overlying six Midwestern states and handling about 3 million aircraft operations per year.
He says the job is challenging at times. “I compare it to flying an airplane. There is a lot of information thrown at you all at once and a lot of training you must complete. But once you are certified and you ‘get it,’ it isn’t too stressful. It only gets stressful when you have to deal with things like bad weather or equipment malfunctions, which change the normal operations and air traffic flows.”
Meet AOPA AV8R, Cory Orlebeke
Cory Orlebeke is afraid of heights, but that hasn’t stopped him from soaring in the clouds.
Cody, 17, will earn his private pilot license this summer, and then hopes to begin aerobatics training soon after.
“If you're scared, well there's only one way to find out if you can overcome it, “ he says, “and that is to face it head on.”
The Lakeland, Fla. teenager attended the Central Florida Aerospace Academy when he was 15, thinking he might want to be an engineer. He soon found out engineering wasn’t what he expected; shortly after, however, he fell in love with flying.
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Pilot relives flight, landing on Hudson River
He had made thousands of routine flights, but it only took one flight that was less than 4 minutes long to make him famous.
Jeff Skiles was first officer aboard the US Airways Flight 1549 on Jan. 15, 2009 when it struck a flock of geese shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. With one engine totally gone and another not working, they couldn’t go back to LaGuardia or divert to another airport. There wasn’t time.
So they landed the only place it was clear — on the Hudson River. That landing, and the subsequent rescue of all on board, made Skiles and Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger household names.
Drones capture Olympians on the slopes
Thousands of photo and video journalists converged on Sochi, their cameras aimed at top athletes from around the world. Yet they didn’t take some of the best photos or videos.
The Associated Press reported that drones, resembling huge flying spiders, were used to transmit live video of snowboard and ski jump competitions. While drones are increasingly common at sporting events, the Olympics were the highest-profile showcase yet for their use in broadcasting.
What made them perfect to film Olympic events?
“We can go really, really close,” said pilot and cameraman Remo Masima, who has used drones to film skiers in Switzerland for commercials. “And we are really quiet so nobody is distracted.”
Ohlmann completes first glider flight over Mount Everest
More than 60 years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay first ascended Mount Everest, Klaus Ohlmann set his own record on the world’s tallest mountain.
On Feb. 1, Ohlmann became the first to fly a glider over Everest, which stands 29,035 feet above sea level, setting a new landmark for aviation history.
Ohlmann, 61, took off from the expedition base camp at Pokhara airport in Nepal in a Stemme S10-VT motorglider for a study on meteorological turbulence as part of a scientific environmental research program on pollution and glacier monitoring. His high-resolution images will be the basis for a new 3D model of the region for the Mountain Wave Project and the German Aerospace Center.
NASA sleuths solve ‘jelly doughnut’ mystery
Where did the jelly doughnut come from?
It was obvious it wasn’t from a local bakery. But the question did perplex NASA scientists who first saw the doughnut, courtesy of the Mars Explorer rover Opportunity on Jan. 8.
The 1.5-inch wide, white-rimmed, red-centered rock that resembled a piece of pastry seemingly appeared out of nowhere, but a month later NASA officials said that the doughnut was really a rock fragment dislodged by the rover’s passing.
Student rocket competition aiming higher
They may not be NASA scientists, but they are doing work just as if they are.
Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico are designing and launching rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-14 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition. The students will launch their rockets May 15-17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where they will undergo a rigorous launch readiness review, just like actual NASA flight missions, before the launch competition.
"This new engineering competition ties participating students' work to NASA's pursuit of new, more demanding missions," said William Gerstenmaier of NASA. "Giving these students exposure to building and launching model rockets to 20,000 feet allows them to recognize the challenges in pushing new limits."
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