Michael Huerta Confirmed as New Administrator

On January 1, 2013, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Michael Huerta for a 5-year term as FAA Administrator. Huerta became the FAA's Deputy Administrator in July 2010, and assumed the Acting Administrator role on Dec. 5, 2011. During his Senate confirmation hearing, Huerta outlined his goals to ensure the continued success of the agency: making the safest aviation system in the world even safer and smarter; realizing even more benefits from NextGen today; and empowering 48,000 FAA employees to embrace innovation and work more efficiently.

New FAA Safety Briefing Spotlights Aerospace Medicine

The new January/February 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the world of aerospace medicine. Articles cover key issues that affect medical certification for pilots, discuss the pilot's role in this process, and explain the FAA's responsibilities. Check out the special two-page pullout infographic (on pages 18-19) that details the medical certification process in a pilot-friendly format. To view the entire issue online, go to:

2013 Regional GA Awards Winners Named
The National General Aviation Awards Committee, in conjunction with GA industry sponsors and the FAA has announced the regional General Aviation Awards winners. The mission of the General Aviation Awards program is to recognize individual aviation professionals on the local, regional, and national levels for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety. 
The awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety and all regional award winners are now finalists for the national awards. For a comprehensive list of recipients, visit National award judging is currently underway with names set to be announced no later than March 1, 2013.

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Practical Preheating Options for the Cold Weather Pilot
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Winter flying can be really cool! Ok, sorry, that was an exceptionally bad pun. But seriously, it’s beautiful here in Lexington, KY, when there’s a fresh blanket of snow covering all the horse farms. Though this is a great time of the year to take friends on a sightseeing flight, one has to wonder—just how hard is it on the airplane when the temperatures dip below freezing? After all, nobody wants to destroy their engine or components for a hop around the pattern!

There are four primary concerns that come to mind when operating an airplane in winter:

New Flying the Pacific Northwest Book Explores Flying Coastal Washington and Oregon
Written by Dennis Piotrowski    Friday, 13 December 2013 12:12    PDF Print E-mail

A new travelogue memoir, Flying the Pacific Northwest, focuses on the coastal airports of Washington and Oregon. This new publication is based on a 7000-hour flight instructor’s perceptions of the region’s unique airports, with an emphasis on developing and maintaining flight currency.

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A 'Nickel Tour' of an Engine Overhaul Shop: 10 Steps the Pros take to get Your Engine Flying High!
Written by Floyd Allen    Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:03    PDF Print E-mail

Time flies when you’re flying— err, having fun.” That’s probably best indicated by how quickly the hours pass regarding TBO! When you reach that magical number of 1500 or 1800 or 2000 hours and decide that something needs to be done, you can have the engine rebuilt, over-hauled, or even replaced. While you might have a general idea of what transpires when your engine is being worked on, it’s reassuring to know exactly what happens when you send your engine out. To that end, we contacted Aircraft Engine Specialists (AES) in Chandler, Arizona, for some inside information.

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Say "NO" to Airspace Anxiety - How to Beat the Fear of Busy Airspace and just Enjoy the Experience
Written by Scott Stahl    Friday, 12 July 2013 08:47    PDF Print E-mail

Every year thousands of pilots descend on the biggest spectacle in aviation, AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For many would-be attendees the thought of flying in such busy airspace is a daunting one. However, with proper planning and by using techniques that apply to busy airports in general, flying into Oshkosh can be a fun experience for a pilot of any skill level and should be on the to-do list of any pilot interested in going to the show.

There are several actions pilots can take to make operations in busy airspace less stressful and safer for everyone involved. Thorough consideration of these elements will make any flight into crowded airspace a more enjoyable experience and less an exercise in frustration.


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4 Simple Strategies to Get the Most out of your Aircraft when You're Ready to Sell
Written by Chris Kirk    Friday, 15 February 2013 09:21    PDF Print E-mail

Potential buyers get lots of advice about how to buy the right plane—AND, about buying a plane the right way. After all, no one wants to pay too much, nor do they want their “screaming deal” to turn into a screaming nightmare. But, what advice is available to plane owners looking to sell, upgrade, or otherwise opt out of their current craft?

Unfortunately, the time has long since past when most planes could be expected to retain, if not increase, their value over time. Forget about selling your plane for more than you paid for it, especially if you’ve owned it for more than a few years. Your goal should be to minimize loss. There are, however, four crucial steps you can take right now to get the most out of your asset (I hesitate to use the word “investment”) when you’re ready to sell.

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