Interactive map details aviation’s economic impact

The Alliance for Aviation Across America maintains an online, interactive map that details the industry’s economic impact throughout the country — “down to your specific zip code,” noted Alliance executive director Selena Shilad — while also listing important proclamations and initiatives in support of all general aviation. Check it out here.

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Smithsonian unveils laser-scanned 3D model of Wright Flyer

The Wright brothers are credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane. With that same pioneer spirit, the Smithsonian recently unveiled its X 3D Collection and state-of-the-art 3D explorer.

As part of the X 3D Collection, the 1903 Wright Flyer was scanned using a laser, producing an accurate 3D model.

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Cessna Independence facility delivers 10,000th aircraft

Cessna Aircraft Co. recently delivered the 10,000th single-engine aircraft from its Independence, Kan. facility since its first delivery in June 1996.

Liberty University took delivery of this milestone aircraft, a Cessna Skyhawk, along with two other Cessna Skyhawks, adding to its growing flight training fleet.

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Bearhawk Aircraft receives FAA approval for transition training

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Bearhawk Aircraft has received the first FAA authorization for transition training in a four-place Bearhawk amateur-built airplane.

Bearhawk builder, owner and certified flight instructor (CFI), Jared Yates of Hickory, North Carolina, has received a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) from the FAA allowing him to provide flight instruction in his four-place Bearhawk. The LODA allows builders and owners of Bearhawk aircraft to hone their pilot skills through a structured transition training program.

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Banyan Air Service (FXE) partners with Go Rentals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Banyan Air Service based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) has teamed with Go Rentals, a car rental service company.

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Van’s names new Southern service center

Van’s Aircraft has tapped US Sport Planes of Denton, Texas, to provide factory authorized service for the RV12 SLSA Light-Sport aircraft.

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Piper pilot flies into rising terrain

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor. Location: McNeal, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was taking a passenger on a tour of the local area, had previously conducted such flights, and had a normal route that he followed. However, on this occasion, he deviated from that route to “do something a little different” and turned up a canyon that he normally did not fly into.

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Backcountry flying etiquette

By JEANNE MacPHERSON

Flying media is full of mountain flying tips. Instead of recapping those here, I’d like to share the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) philosophy that we hope will lead to assured aviation access to some of our nation’s special places.

It’s important to remember that we share the wild country with a variety of users, many of whom are out there for quiet and solitude. There are ways to fly quietly.

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One Week Wonder makes first flight

At approximately 11:07 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, the airplane thousands of Experimental Aircraft Association members had a hand in building during the One Week Wonder project at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 flew for the first time.

With EAA’s Jeff Skiles at the controls, the Zenith CH 750 Cruzer N140WW departed Wittman Regional Airport’s Runway 9, quickly ascended to about 1,800 feet, did one circuit around the pattern, landed at 11:19 a.m., and taxied to EAA’s Weeks Hangar on the north side of the runway.

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Flytenow modifies business model in face of FAA ruling

Private pilots have been legally sharing the expenses of flights for decades. So when ride-sharing website Flytenow co-founders Alan Guichard and Matt Voska set up shop to make it easier for pilots and passengers to connect for aviation adventures, they sought an interpretation of the expense-sharing rules and exceptions from the FAA to make sure all was OK.

What they received was a “huge shock,” said Guichard.

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