Answering a kid’s question

Richmond meets pro pilot and CFI Ray de Haan

“How can you fly visually, just looking out the window?”

So asked our smart-beyond-his-years 13-year-old friend back home in Virginia. The question really set me off. In his devotion to computer flight sims, he was starting at the top and working his way down! Sure, he could “land” a virtual 757, but was clueless about basic realities.

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GA garnering more attention from Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. — General aviation now seems to be getting more attention in Congress and from the FAA. This observation comes from the appearance of a Congressman and a deputy administrator of the FAA at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Homecoming Fly-In earlier this month.

Michael Whitaker, FAA deputy administrator with the primary responsibility of developing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), told a crowd of several hundred that he is getting his pilot’s license “to better understand my job and general aviation issues.”

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Group requests landing fee exemption for based aircraft at ISP

National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks recently wrote to the Town of Islip, N.Y., requesting it drop recently imposed landing fees on based aircraft at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP). The town imposed landing fees on all aircraft effective Sept. 1, 2014, and for the first time made them applicable to based aircraft. In addition, the new fee schedule established even higher rates for night landings.

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Lightspeed Live Event lands in Orlando

Lightspeed

PORTLAND, Ore. — Lightspeed Aviation will be bringing its Lightspeed Live interactive road show to the Mela Room in Orlando on Monday, Oct. 20. The event provides pilots with an opportunity to visit with Lightspeed Aviation executives in a casual, interactive setting and learn about the company, along with its line of aviation headsets and other products.

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Cirrus runs out of fuel

Aircraft: Cirrus SR20. Injuries: None. Location: Parker, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: Before the first flight of the day, the pilot visually checked the airplane’s fuel quantity through the fuel tank filler necks, noting what he believed to be full tanks. He subsequently checked the fuel gauges, which indicated that both wing tanks were less than half full.

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The battle of diversity vs. fragmentation

Election day is only weeks away across America. What used to be a one-day event has stretched into a weeks-long period of collecting absentee ballots by mail and voters streaming to early voting locations. We pick up sides vehemently, often characterizing our own friends and neighbors as the enemy, evil doers who are bent on the destruction of our community, our state, or our country — all because they tend to vote for a team other than the one we identify with.

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