Wicks Aircraft offers O-Ring kit

Wicks Aircraft now offers a selection of  O-rings in a kit for homebuilders.

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Innovations: Open up

Casey Hansen, a pilot and CFI in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has launched OpenFlightManual.org, designed to bring the open source concept to flight training.

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8,000th Van’s takes flight

On Feb. 4, Stephen Watson of Santa Clarita, Calif., took the first flight in his RV-7A, becoming the 8,000th completed RV reported to Van’s Aircraft.

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WACO kicks off Great Lakes Paint Scheme Contest

The WACO Aircraft Company has launched a Great Lakes Paint Scheme Contest.

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FedEx Express donates 727 to SUN ’n FUN

SUN ’n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, FL. – FedEx Express has donated a Boeing 727 to SUN ’n FUN to use as an interactive aviation classroom.

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Beringer debuts nosewheel for Twin Otter

The Beringer Co. has launched its new STC’d nosewheel for Twin Otter DHC-6.

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Warbird nose artist at museum

On Feb. 17, as part of its February Open Cockpit event, the New England Air Museum welcomes Connecticut native Gary Velasco, who has developed a reputation as one of the finest “nose artists” in the business.

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Innovations: Add ANR to your old headset

Many pilots have upgraded their headset to one of the many popular ANR headsets on the market. But what to do for a passenger without a headset or for someone yet to make the leap to an ANR?

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NTSB commends AOPA for response to safety recommendations

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman has praised the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for its response to NTSB safety recommendations.

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FAA mandates inspections of older Pipers

In a new Service Bulletin, the FAA is mandating enhanced inspections and repairs where necessary to cables that control tail surfaces on about 30,000 Piper aircraft. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the bulletin, prompted by at least one accident and a serious incident stemming from such malfunctioning flight-control systems in recent years, will require planes 15 years or older to be checked for damaged or corroded cables during their next annual inspection.