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Air Facts editor John Zimmerman attended the AERO show in Germany last week. Is GA in Europe all bad? http://airfactsjournal.com/2016/04/general-aviation-europe-inspiring-frightening/
For a crass American, AERO is a very civilized show, held in a beautiful convention center with great coffee and lively beer gardens. Oshkosh this isn't. Beyond these mundane differences, though, the show offers a fascinating lesson for US pilots. If all you've heard is how awful things are for private pilots in Europe, let me offer a more complete - although not entirely rosy - portrait.
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"instructors need to allow students to make real decisions and mistakes without constantly intervening." http://ow.ly/4mUjH4
Who would feel safe flying with someone who did not have an appropriate level of confidence? In my mind, developing a student’s self-confidence should be one of the main jobs of the instructor. During periods where pilots are not actively undergoing flight training, it needs to be something they work on themselves. I can think back to several experiences which taught me this firsthand.
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There's scud running, and then there's Alaska scud running. Do NOT try this at home... http://airfactsjournal.com/2016/04/inherently-dangerous-flying-techniques/
It’s unwise, it’s in contravention of standing FARs, and it is - without argument - the most inherently dangerous of all flying techniques. It puts crop dusting, aerobatics, and banner towing up in the bleachers. It’s far more dangerous than flying as a salmon spotter for the Alaska fishing industry. Except for herring spotting, that is, which is in a category of its own.
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The proposed Part 23 reform is long, technical and boring. But it's also really important - and includes some radical ideas from the FAA. Here's what you should know. http://airfactsjournal.com/2016/03/care-new-part-23-proposal/
There has been a lot of talk lately (perhaps too much?) about aviation issues in Washington: Air Traffic Control privatization, the third class medical, and user fees to name just three. Somewhat obscured by these Capitol Hill battles is a more complicated but also arguably more important legislative issue: aircraft certification reform.
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“In aviation there are three kinds of ice: good, bad, and hazardous. The good ice is found in the galley.” 
There is a saying that goes, “In aviation there are three kinds of ice: good, bad, and hazardous. The good ice is found in the galley.” Most of us are not flying airplanes with galleys, but you get the point. So any ice on the outside of an aircraft is either bad or downright hazardous. Here's how to avoid it - no matter what time of year it is.
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Toronto, Canada has a unique skyline, with the sprawling city spread along the coast of Lake Ontario, and the massive CN Tower looming over the island airport. Pilot Mark Nye captured the beauty of this city in a stunning nighttime flight in his Cessna 185. Here's a photo you'll want to view full size.
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"a blanket approval for flight in icing in a light airplane is dangerous. It makes no more sense than would approval for flight in thunderstorms." http://airfactsjournal.com/2016/04/airplane-certification-careful-wish/
What most pilots don’t realize is that certifying that exciting new design is but a small part of the picture. There’s financing, engineering, production and sales and, in the end, profit. If the latter isn’t possible all the rest can be for naught. This is why I, for one, take the proposed rewrite of Part 23 certification standards not with a grain, but with a round blue cardboard container of salt.
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The area forecast is going away - so how do you find cloud tops? It's not a simple answer. http://airfactsjournal.com/2016/04/area-forecast-replacement-really-say/
The old Area Forecast (FA) is going away, and I for one say good riddance. This textual forecast product has plenty of valuable information, but its ALL CAP format is a leftover from a previous era, making it a pain to use. Besides, almost everything in the FA can be found elsewhere these days. Everything, that is, except cloud top forecasts.
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Lots of talk about ICON this week. What do you think of their unique contract? Join our debate. http://airfactsjournal.com/2016/03/debate-whats-going-icon/
ICON Aircraft's self-proclaimed mission is to "create products that not only deliver great functional benefit but also deeply inspire us on an emotional level." But inspiration isn't the word that comes to mind right now for many ICON position-holders. As the A5 finally gets close to being delivered to pilots, the company's purchase agreement has raised a number of questions.
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Beautiful airplane, beautiful location. It's this week's #FridayPhoto. http://airfactsjournal.com/2016/03/friday-photo-stearman-salton-sea/
There's nothing like the yellow fabric of a Stearman to evoke the golden age of aviation. This week's beautiful Friday Photo shows that view, with the unique Salton Sea in California just beyond the wingtip.
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Dick Collins: "the FAA is, in many areas, a self-absorbed bureaucracy that is expanding to serve a dwindling number of users." It wasn't always that way...
In this wide-ranging article, Dick Collins explores 9 myths about flying - some of which the FAA wants to bust, some of which the FAA perpetuates. Is GA safe? Not safe enough. Is learning to fly hard? No, but it's not easy either. Read the complete article for a thought-provoking look at our shared wisdom.
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Never underestimate the power of sharing a flight. Wow. http://airfactsjournal.com/2016/02/unforgettable-pasenger-power-sharing-flight/
I have given a lot of people rides in both my RV-6 and now in my RV-12, and I always enjoy it as least as much as they do. What I have failed to realize, though, is that what I consider to be nothing more than a small favor may very well be measured at a far higher worth to the recipient. Phil was one of those passengers.
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Introduction

This is NOT your father’s Air Facts

Air Facts was first published in 1938 by Leighton Collins, dedicated to “the development of private air transportation.” It’s a different world now, and it’s a different Air Facts. Relaunched in 2011 as an online journal, Air Facts still champions, educates, informs and entertains pilots worldwide with real-world flying experiences.

No aviation topic is off-limits.

Nothing predictable about Air Facts. We’ll tackle any topic, analyze any situation and have our readers weigh in with their input. And the speed of the Internet makes covering current subjects immediate – no waiting three months for an opinion to appear in print.

Air Facts needs you.

Here’s the amazing difference in Air Facts. It’s primarily reader-written. Yes, aviation icon Richard Collins continues to share his unbelievable wealth of information on flying, technique, weather and a host of other topics, but the majority of articles are supplied by you, the reader.

By the way, we have fun too!

Check out our regular series on Go/No Go where you decide whether a particular flight is safe to take. There’s no right or wrong answer – you decide. We write about our mistakes, our lessons learned and the pure joy of what it means to be a pilot. Our readers write about their trips – at Air Facts, you climb in, buckle up and ride along. Air Facts covers serious topics, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We know that pilots are always learning.

Join the discussion – Pull up a chair!

Air Facts is interactive, so don’t be a lurker. Is there anything duller than an aviation forum where Jetboy343, FrankieMac and CirrusPilot12 dominate the forum with the same tired arguments hashed and rehashed day after day? Not at Air Facts! Sure we have regular readers, but our unique visitors are in the thousands – they comment as well – which guarantees you’ll always find a fresh perspective from a wide variety of pilots and not just from a small group of “regulars.”

Thanks, Sporty’s, for Air Facts

Air Facts is brought to you by Sporty’s Pilot Shop and the production and distribution is directed by John Zimmerman, an accomplished pilot and aircraft owner. John writes for Air Facts as well – his own blog and other articles too. Plus John is the one who creates the intriguingly entertaining Go/No Go’s, many based on his own experiences.

No subscriptions, no renewals, no registration, but…

Visit Air Facts any time you’d like. It’s all free. You don’t have to subscribe or sign up. We’ve even made commenting easy – we hate when we’re asked to supply our name, rank, serial number and a dozen other personal details just to leave a comment, and we bet you do too. But we offer a free series of email alerts – typically two or three a month – to tell you when new stories are posted or to let you know when a particular discussion is getting hot and heavy. Just sign up here and join in on the fun. Air Facts is your online journal.

And, speaking of the original magazine, we also go back and frequently pick articles that remain relevant and present them in our online journal. Just as “Stick and Rudder” is still a best selling aviation book after over 60 years of publication, much in the original Air Factsis timeless.