Smoke distracts pilot

Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Newberry, Mich. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane was in cruise flight when the pilot detected a “hot electrical” odor in the cockpit.

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The Black Hole Departure disaster

A dark cloud has recently settled on the general aviation community from the fatal airplane crash of Babar and Haris Suleman. They were a father and son pilot team who were attempting to fly around the world. They had become popular through social media.

Followers of their journey wonder what happened that their Beechcraft could depart in ideal conditions — a 10,000-foot sea level runway at midnight — only to crash nose first into the inky black ocean seconds later? Speculation continues to light up many online forums, while the investigation remains ongoing. The leading theory is that they succumbed to the elusive and dreaded Black Hole Departure.

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Soaring deer population poses threat for pilots

Soaring deer populations are nuisances for airports and threats to pilots and planes, according to a report from ABC News. From 1990 to 2013, there were 1,088 collisions between planes and deer, elk, moose and caribou, according to a recent joint report by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Agriculture Department. Most of the planes suffered damage, and some were destroyed, the report said. One person was killed and 29 others injured. Read the full report here.

New report criticizes NextGen rollout

The FAA’s efforts to modernize the air traffic control system — known as NextGen — has had such a bumpy rollout that costs associated with some of the core technology outweigh potential benefits, according to a report by the Transportation Department’s Inspector General. A story in the Wall Street Journal says the IG’s report “raises new questions about the design, deployment and projected benefits” of ADS-B. The IG’s report predicts that taxpayer investments in ADS-B “now outweigh the projected benefits of the program by as much as $588 million.” Read the full Wall Street Journal article here.

Oklahoma and South Carolina recognized for GA excellence

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) recognized excellence, both in its members and state aviation programs, during the association’s awards banquet held at its 83rd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island, earlier this month.

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Fargo Jet Center expands to Minneapolis/St. Paul market

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —  Exclusive Aerospace, an affiliate of Fargo Jet Center (FJC), has expanded to the Minneapolis market through purchasing the assets of Premier Jet Center at Flying Cloud Airport (KFCM). Flying Cloud is one of the main corporate airports serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota market.

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Heart of Texas Airshow takes off Saturday

WACO, Texas — The Heart Of Texas Airshow returns this Saturday, Sept. 27, to Texas State Technical College Airport.

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Sporty’s offers FAA-approved ATP Certification Training Program

With the FAA mandate that all pilots seeking an ATP certificate be required to complete an FAA-approved ATP Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP) prior to taking the ATP Knowledge test, Sporty’s has partnered with ABX Airlines in Wilmington, Ohio, to offer this training.

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Scope it out with ATS

OSCODA, Mich.  — Aircraft Tool Supply now carries two video borescopes used to document maintenance issues, train mechanics, monitor progressive conditions, and provide evidence of work. [Read more...]

Rollout goes bad

Aircraft: Zenith CH 750. Injuries: None. Location: Colfax, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land the airplane on a grass runway. The airplane touched down on the centerline of the runway and was slowing down when it encountered a strong gust of wind from the right.

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