Video: New accident case study released

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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) Air Safety Institute has released “Final Approach,” the latest in a series of accident case studies.

This episode explores the dangers of flying in low instrument conditions with a dwindling fuel supply.

The January 2013 accident involved a Piper Arrow that struck trees while attempting to make a dead-stick emergency landing at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. [Read more…]

Video: Saving ‘That’s All Brother’

The name was a message to Hitler that, with the invasion, his plans were done. The antenna is part of the "Rebecca-Eureka" system that homed on beacons placed ahead of the main force by special forces known as Pathfinders.

Last year an iconic piece of history was discovered lying in an aircraft boneyard in Wisconsin. It was the Douglas C-47 “That’s All, Brother” — the airplane that led the massed paratroop drop on D-Day.

The Commemorative Air Force reports it is in the final stages of acquiring “That’s All, Brother,” noting the C-47 will be a “star within our fleet, due to its historic significance.”
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AOPA Foundation offers scholarships

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation is offering scholarships from two programs for those who are learning to fly, and those who want to learn someday.

The foundation will award 25 scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $12,000, in 2015. At the same time, the AOPA Foundation’s AV8RS program – comprised of teens ages 13-18 – will offer $15,000 in financial assistance for aviation education. [Read more…]