Video: NBAA talks RPA

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“The FAA is expected to issue its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) [which we name remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)] by the end of 2014. In a standing-room-only session at NBAA2014, a panel discussion covered many questions: Will UAS operators be required to be certificated pilots? Will the UAS itself have to be certificated? Is the U.S. falling behind the international community in its regulation and use of UAS? This video gives a brief overview of the session.” [Read more...]

Phillips 66 Aviation donates $21,000 to CAN

In a presentation held at the National Business Aviation Association‘s (NBAA) Convention this week in Orlando, Phillips 66 Aviation presented Corporate Angel Network (CAN) with a $21,000 donation.

CAN is a charitable organization that helps cancer patients access medical treatment by arranging free air travel to recognized treatment centers by utilizing the empty seats onboard corporate jets during their normal business trips.

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Carb icing at night for Cherokee

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Maryland Heights, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: A witness, who saw the airplane approaching the airport for a night landing, remarked that the engine sounded like it was sputtering. He thought the pilot was attempting to land on the beach of a nearby lake. The airplane hit the water and cartwheeled before sinking.

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Making a living in aviation

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Reader JD Casteel responded to our call to readers to see how they make a living in aviation. Here’s what he had to say:

“I have loved general aviation since I can remember…no, really, since I can remember. One of my earliest memories was on a small ranch near Tishomingo, Oklahoma, that my father worked on. They were using a Bell 47 for a spraying job. I remember the pure excitement seeing that helicopter approaching our truck for landing, followed by the pure fear from the loud noise it made.

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Teen celebrates 16th birthday with 14 solo flights

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Forget a Sweet Sixteen party. Wyatt Angel of Mount Airy, N.C., spent his 16th birthday doing something way more fun — flying 11 airplanes solo at the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport (KMWK), then making his way to the Piedmont Soaring Society in nearby Farmington, where he soloed three gliders.

He hopes his birthday celebration will win him a spot in the world record books.

Soloing 14 aircraft on the first day he was legally allowed to solo was something Wyatt had been planning for a long time.
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