A type club for backcountry pilots

New to backcountry flying and want a great place to find out how to get started? Or are you a veteran backcountry pilot looking for like-minded souls?

Whichever you may be, you are in luck. There’s a meeting place on the web that was created just for you: BackcountryPilot.org. Started in 2004 by software developer and backcountry pilot Zane Jacobson, the website features news, stories, tips, and a forum for pilots to share information.
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NASA to crash helicopter to test safety improvements

NASA researchers will crash a 45-foot-long  helicopter fuselage from a 30-foot height for the second time in a year — all in the name of safety.

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Bob Hoover to honored with Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Aviation legend Bob Hoover will receive the 2014 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).

The trophy is awarded annually to a living American for “…significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States.”

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Hartzell receives PMA for fuel pumps

Hartzell Engine Technologies has received FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for is new 202F series fuel pumps.

“We designed, developed and certified our new 202F series fuel pumps to fill a need in the market. The original Crane/Lear Romec RG9570 pumps required for certain Lycoming engines are no longer in production,” Mike Disbrow, president of Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) said. “Now owners of these engines have a new alternative.”

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Avidyne extends agreement with Duncan

Avidyne Corporation has extended its repair service agreement with Duncan Aviation, of Lincoln, Nebraska, to include Avidyne’s EX500 series of multi-function displays (MFD).

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USI taps Robotic Skies for maintenance

Unmanned Systems Incorporated (USI), a manufacturer of fixed wing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) used for training, has selected Robotic Skies as its maintenance and repair provider for its fleet of aircraft.

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Synergy Flight Center at BMI joins Avfuel network

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. —  Synergy Flight Center at Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal (BMI), recently gained approval to sell fuel at the airport and has since joined the Avfuel Branded FBO Network to offer Avfuel Contract Fuel and AVTRIP Rewards.

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Frosting for Flight judges named

OSHKOSH, Wis. — The Oshkosh chapter of Women in Aviation, International, has revealed the names of its “celebrity judges” for the organization’s fourth annual Frosting for Flight cupcake competition. The event raises funds for the chapter’s $500 Spirit of Flight scholarship.

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Ground loop for Birddog

Aircraft: Cessna L-19. Injuries: None. Location: Lancaster, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot landed the tailwheel-equipped airplane on the main wheels and upon slowing to about 20 mph, lowered the tailwheel to the runway.

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Internationally awesome

Last week I spent some time in Washington D.C. I had business in the area, but like most of us, when I get in the vicinity of the Mall, the monuments, and the Capital building, I find myself wanting to browse the wares of our country. There is art to peruse and documents to consider. Inventions large and small are collected there, as are homages to the achievements of average men and women who became heroic leaders through word and deed. And there are aircraft. Spacecraft, too.

The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum is one of the best visited museums on the planet. A quick glance around the main room can remove any mystery for why that might be.

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