Small UAV Coalition launches

Small UAV Coalition

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Small UAV Coalition has launched to help pave the way for commercial, philanthropic, and civil use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the United States and abroad. Chief among the organization’s goals is to advance a regulatory environment that will support safe, reliable, and timely operation of small UAVs, according to coalition officials.

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Video: PALS celebrates milestone


Patient Airlift Services, a non-profit organization that arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical care using volunteer pilots, recently celebrated a milestone: Its 6,000th flight since its founding in 2010. The local news was there to capture the moment:

Additional pilot now allowed on homebuilt first flights

The FAA recently released AC 90-116, the Additional Pilot Program (APP) for Phase I flight testing, of homebuilt aircraft, which allows homebuilders to have a qualified additional pilot on board during Phase I flights.

Before this program, builders were only permitted to have “required crew” aboard for initial flights, which usually meant that every Phase I experimental-amateur built (E-AB) aircraft was legally required to be flown solo, according to officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association.

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AOPA reveals Flight Training Excellence award winners

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.

AOPA has recognized Paragon Flight of Fort Meyers, Florida, as the 2014 Best Flight School and Spencer Watson of Manassas, Virginia, as the 2014 Best Flight Instructor. Ten additional flight schools and 10 instructors were named “Outstanding” by AOPA as a result of the poll results.

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Jerrie Mock dies at 88

Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the globe, died in her sleep Tuesday, Sept. 30, at her home in Quincy, Florida. She was 88. Mock was 38 and a stay-at-home mother of three living in Ohio when she took off from Port Columbus Airport on March 19, 1964, in the “Spirit of Columbus,” an 11-year-old, single-engine Cessna 180. She completed the round-the-world adventure in 29 days. Read her full obituary here.