General aviation in the marketplace

Last week the news broke that Fantasy of Flight, the aviation-themed attraction in the heart of central Florida, was closing. That was the message most people got, even if it is slightly skewed from the announcement the company intended.

Those who read the full story (included the one by Drew Steketee right here in General Aviation News) already know the facility is closing to the public for a time and will reopen later in the year as a scaled down museum. It will remain available for special events throughout.

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Flight of a lifetime for $20

Stallion 51 has donated the flight of a lifetime to Mercy Flight Southeast to raise funds for this critically-needed charity. In this raffle, you can win a chance to fly a P-51 Mustang while helping others.

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NBAA identifies top safety focus areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the second year, the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) Safety Committee has published a list of recommended safety priorities for the business aviation industry. [Read more...]

Unusual mid-air captures national attention

The NTSB and FAA are investigating a skydiving/plane crash Saturday afternoon in Mulberry, Florida, according to a report at The crash captured national attention with the skydiver appearing on the national morning television newscasts.

EAA 677 awards scholarship to Young Eagle

COLUMBUS, GA. — Chattahoochee Valley Chapter 677 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA 677), based at Columbus Airport (CSG), has awarded a full scholarship to the EAA Air Academy to 17-year-old Kennedy Davenport of Columbus, Georgia.

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Piper delivers five more Archers to FIT

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Piper Aircraft recently delivered another five new Piper Archer TX training aircraft to the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), under a joint Piper Aviation Career Alliance program.

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Adopt-an-Airport volunteers needed at Washington airports

The Washington State Department of Transportation is looking for volunteers interested in preparing the 16 airports it manages across the state for the 2014 spring and summer flying seasons.

As part of its Adopt-an-Airport program, WSDOT works with volunteer groups to assist with basic cleaning and routine maintenance of the airports.

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Embry-Riddle to offer second MOOC on human factors in aviation accidents

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The mental and physical factors that contribute to aviation accidents will be examined during a free, massive open online course (MOOC) offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide.

Registration for The Human Factor in Aviation is open to the public. The class, which runs from April 7 to May 11, is limited to 2,000 students.

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Tailwind approach leads to crash

Aircraft: Quicksilver MX Sprint II Injuries: None. Location: Willits, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: It was the student pilot’s first solo flight in the airplane.

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