747 converted to hostel

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Not GA, but still pretty cool for those who love all things aviation: Fox News has posted a feature about the Jumbo Stay Hostel in Stockholm, Sweden, right next to an airport. The converted Boeing 747 fuselage has 29 rooms, most with four beds — two bunks each — to maximize space. All rooms have flat screen TVs and access to a common restroom, like a traditional hostel. “But if you’ve got captain’s money to spend, stay in the luxurious Cockpit Suite or Black Box Suite, which each boast their own bathroom and roomier beds,” according to the report.SONY DSC

VFR into IMC kills one

Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Bondurant, Wyo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: There was no evidence that the pilot obtained a weather briefing for the flight. Both VFR and IFR conditions prevailed throughout the area and AIRMETs for instrument meteorological conditions, mountain obscuration, and moderate icing conditions were in effect throughout the area about the time of the accident. The non-instrument-rated pilot departed on a VFR cross-county flight.

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AOPA regional fly-ins: The votes are in

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It’s in the record books: The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s sixth and last new regional fly-in — seven if you count the heavily-attended Homecoming to AOPA HQ in Frederick, Md. How did it go, this change from one big annual convention? What was gained and what was lost?

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Sequestration dangers national airspace system

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sequestration is a danger to the National Airspace System (NAS). That is the message National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi delivered Tuesday to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, for its hearing examining the upcoming FAA reauthorization and issues in modernizing and operating the nation’s airspace.

Rinaldi emphasized the urgent need for funding certainty, to ensure everything from effective NextGen implementation to adequate staffing of air traffic controllers.

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