Legally blind man learning to fly

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Jason DeCamillis of Ypsilanti, Mich., has wanted to learn to fly a plane ever since he was a child. However, he never thought that it would be possible because he is legally blind due to Retinitis Pigmentosa, a progressive condition that slowly affects his peripheral and night vision.

“I have about 20° of central vision now, which some refer to as tunnel vision,” said DeCamillis, a special education teacher and advocate.

Earlier this year, he saw a video online of a pilot who had lost his license due to the same condition, but kept on flying by taking flight lessons.

“I thought, ‘Wow. Maybe I could do the same thing.’ I had just never thought to ask,” DeCamillis said. [Read more…]

Air Safety Institute releases new video on loss-of-control accidents

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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released a new video aimed at improving stall awareness and preventing loss-of-control accidents.

“Margins of Safety: Angle of Attack Indicators” delivers a review of angle of attack (AOA), an introduction to the main types of AOA indicators available for general aviation pilots, and an overview of how they can be beneficial in stall awareness and prevention. [Read more…]

Flight sharing gets court hearing Sept. 25

A website that aims to bring ride-sharing to the skies is in a legal dogfight with federal regulators who want to clip its wings, according to a report on Politico. The site, Flytenow, designed to allow passengers to hitch rides with private pilots while divvying up the costs, was effectively shut down by the FAA last summer.

Now the company is hoping a federal appeals court will prompt the FAA to change course, with a hearing set for Sept. 25. Read the full report here.

FAA releases pilot drone reports

The FAA has released a new list of pilot, air traffic and citizen reports of possible encounters with remotely piloted aircraft, also known as drones and unmanned aircraft (UAS). The reports cover Nov. 13, 2014, through Aug. 20, 2015.

Because pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, FAA officials said they want to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.

View the report here.