License or certificate?

If you pilot an aircraft, you probably tell friends you have a pilot’s license. Right? Maybe.

What you have now is a pilot’s CERTIFICATEThe FAA issues LICENSES for commercial space transportation.

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NTSB wants your thoughts

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comments regarding its proposed changes to rules governing investigation procedures.

The agency proposes to organize its procedures into mode-specific subparts to make the rules easier to access and consult. It also wants to update some terms and procedures, including using the term “event” to describe mishaps, rather than incident or accident.

More information may be found here.

For sale: SAM Aircraft

LACHUTE, Quebec, Canada — Just a year and a half after the first flight of the prototype SAM aircraft, President Thierry Zibi has put the company up for sale.

Why, after so much work – design, fixturing, successful flight test, certification, and orders – would that be a good time to sell the company? Zibi says, “I came to the realization that I love designing airplanes, but I am not so keen on running a production company.”

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Applications now being accepted for helicopter scholarships

The Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) has long recognized the need for qualified commercial helicopter pilots and helicopter maintenance technicians — the current shortage is very real and many experienced pilots and maintenance technicians are nearing retirement age. HFI annually offers up to 19 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s vertical aviation industry.

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NAHA awards honor volunteers, partners

DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) named architect Steve Brown as the winner of the Ivonette Wright Miller Award at its 2014 annual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

NAHA also awarded its Wick Wright Award to the Dayton Foundation and its PROPS (Partner Recognition of Phenomenal Support) Award to Dayton History.

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National Aviation Heritage Invitation celebrates 16 years at Reno

RENO, Nevada — The most beautiful, pristine and historical aircraft have graced the east end of Reno-Stead Airport for the last 16 years as contestants in the annual National Aviation Heritage Invitational. The Invitational is held in conjunction every year with the National Championship Air Races.

The Invitational gives aircraft owners and restorers the opportunity to bring their skillfully restored aircraft to the high desert of northern Nevada and compete for the prestigious Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy.

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Crosswind students qualify for insurance credits

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Crosswind Concepts (CC) students who complete the Maximum Demonstrated Crosswind (MDC) training session now qualify for a 5% premium credit on aviation insurance policies under Avemco’s Safety Rewards Program, according to CC manager Taylor Albrecht.

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Trig Avionics transponder gets FAA nod

Trig Avionics has received FAA STC approval of its TT31 transponder with Garmin’s GNS 400W and 500W series of GPS navigators.

Trig’s TT31 transponder is a plug and play retro-fit for the KT76A and KT78A — and it’s also ADS-B Out capable too, according to company officials.

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Connecticut teacher wins Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Award

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) reports the 2014 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Award will be presented to Rachael Manzer, the STEM coach at the Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School in East Hartford, Connecticut.

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Tailwind takeoff leads to accident

Aircraft: Piper Pawnee. Injuries: None. Location: Harvey, N.D. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: Prior to taking off on the aerial application flight, the pilot loaded applicant and fuel which, as reported by the pilot, put the airplane slightly over its maximum gross weight.

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