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At the Boca Raton Airport, environmental protection and sustainability have long been among our top priorities. From our LEED Silver Certified Airport Authority Administration Building to our noise abatement and wildlife management initiatives, we’ve worked consistently to decrease our impact on the planet as much as possible. As we approach Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd, we are embarking on a multi-part series that will explore some of the ways that we can lessen our environmental impact as pilots and travelers.

Italian manufacturer Tecnam displayed its new P2002JF MkII IFR, a Rotax 912S2-powered, 100-horsepower two-seater. Its sleek looks and sliding canopy make it a standout on the ramp, and Tecnam says it will be capable of 129 knots while burning 4 gph of avgas or mogas.

Up in arms: Insect-inspired arm technology aims to improve drones. A Purdue University researcher has come up with a patented design for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, that works in windy conditions, is more energy efficient and can handle a larger payload.

A recent FAA Fact Sheet – Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) Program – highlights agency and industry efforts over the past 11 years to continuously improve safety through the open exchange of safety data.

The National Aeronautic Association will award the 2018 Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System Team, praising the lifesaving technology as “a sterling example of a project that brought together the best minds from many disciplines.”

Part 91 and 135 operators, along with representatives from FAA’s Flight Standards Office and front line inspectors, recently met at the Nashville, TN Flight Standards District Office to discuss concerns with illegal charter operations.

Florida is dubbed the Sunshine State, and for the better part of the year, it’s also a pilot’s dream. Most days are perfect for a quick hop to get a bite at an airport near you.

Airplane toilets are loud. For some, they are downright terrifying. But chin up, frequent flyers, because a group of Brigham Young University physicists have figured out how to make them quieter. After two years of trial and error, three academic publications and thousands of flushes, the BYU researchers have invented a vacuum-assisted toilet that is about half as loud as the regular airplane commode.

For pilots who started flying under BasicMed when it launched in the spring of 2017, it's almost time to complete the 24-calendar-month renewal of your medical education course. Here are answers to the top questions AOPA is receiving about the renewal process.

Building a team of highly engaged, motivated professionals is a critical part of any company’s success. Employees are the very foundation of any organization and, regardless of industry, lack of engagement contributes to high turnover, which is costly and can negatively affect a company’s culture.

As an update, we are pleased to report that the aircraft lien law revision bill has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. Our aircraft lien law revision bill has now made it through the House and two out of three committees in the Senate. 

To prevent ice formation on aircraft during flight, current systems utilize the heat generated by burning fuel, but these high-temperature, fuel-dependent systems cannot be used on the proposed all-electric, temperature-sensitive materials of next-generation aircraft. As some scientists search for new anti-icing methods, some have taken a different approach. They've published evidence showing that equipment important in controlling landing and takeoff can double-up as icing control. It depends on plasma actuators.

The FAA published a “Statement of Policy for Authorizations to Operators of Aircraft that are Not Equipped With Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out Equipment” April 1 in the Federal Register.

Although we're still a long way from commercial airplanes powered by a combination of fossil fuel and batteries, a recent feasibility study explored fuel/battery configurations and the energy lifecycle to learn the trade-offs needed to yield the greatest reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

The Eagles sing an awesome tune called “Lyin’ Eyes” with lyrics that say, “I thought by now you’d realize, there ain’t no way to hide your lyin’ eyes.” There is a natural tendency of the human brain to believe our “lyin’ eyes,” to believe what we want to be real and what we think is there, not what is truly there.

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