The FAA is encouraging the general aviation community to “Report Wildlife Strikes” with a poster outreach campaign targeting pilots, airport sponsors, mechanics, engine manufacturers, students at aviation schools, and aviation organizations.

This year’s poster shows a bird on top of a stop sign with the simple message to report wildlife strikes. The FAA is delivering more than 12,000 copies of the poster to the general aviation community for use in high-traffic areas such as training rooms and break rooms. The FAA hopes that this continued and concentrated educational outreach, now in its third year, will help improve the strike reporting gap at more than 2,000 GA airports and commercial service airports.

A strike information report helps inform airport sponsors and the FAA what types of wildlife are involved, the amount of damage to the aircraft, and how many strikes occur at general aviation airports annually. This information will allow the FAA to help airport sponsors develop wildlife mitigation plans to reduce wildlife strikes.

In addition to the poster outreach, the FAA encourages GA airports to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment or site visit to help them understand and determine the wildlife hazards that are present on their airports. GA airports may apply to the FAA for support through Airport Improvement Program grants, which are available to conduct the assessment or site visit.

The FAA has optimized its website to make strike reporting easier with mobile devices. Now, anyone can report a wildlife strike via the web or their personal data device at: The FAA also has placed a Quick Response (QR) code scanner on the bottom of the poster for smart phone users who have the QR application.

The FAA remains committed to reducing wildlife strikes at the nation’s airports through options such as technology, research, outreach, and partnerships. Learn more at:

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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 08:57    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.


The Benefits of Oil Analysis - Regular Testing Keeps Your Engine Healthy and Happy
Written by Jacqueline Shipe    Thursday, 10 January 2013 08:18    PDF Print E-mail

Engine oil and the lubrication system are critical components of an engine’s health and longevity. Performing regular oil and filter changes, keeping oil levels where they should be, and ensuring that the system is operating at the proper temperature and pressure are essential to getting the maximum life out of any engine.

Engine oil not only lubricates and reduces friction between moving parts, it also cleans the engine, carrying dirt and particles to the filter. It helps cool the engine as it circulates and also aids in compression by helping to seal the gap between the rings and cylinder walls.

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Engine Starting Troubles: Pre-heating and Proper Maintenance Key to Cold Weather Starting
Written by Jacqueline Shipe    Friday, 15 February 2013 09:26    PDF Print E-mail

During the winter months, the often extremely cold temperatures take their toll on mechanical equipment that has to operate outdoors, and airplane engines are no exception.

Most of the time when troubleshooting an engine that runs rough the trouble is with the spark plugs, ignition leads, or magnetos. An older mechanic once made mention of the fact that 75 percent of engine problems were from a malfunction in the ignition system; 20 percent of the troubles were from the fuel system, and only 5 percent were from something that constituted a major repair, like worn lobes on a camshaft or an internal mechanical failure.

Starting issues, however, generally are caused by incorrect amounts of fuel. The secondary cause for starting troubles is usually ignition related. Airplanes, like anything else, can be especially difficult to start in the colder months.


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Finding Ms. Daisy - New Pilot Finds Plane of his Dreams
Written by Matt Hofeldt    Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:20    PDF Print E-mail

My private pilot training and check ride was done in a Cessna 172. Upon completion of my training, I joined a local club that had both a Cessna 172 and a Piper Arrow. Flying the Piper was certainly different than what I expected. Taxiing and flying the aircraft felt much more solid. Plus, I loved the look of the low wing—both on the ground and from the left seat.

Despite my experience and familiarity with the 172, I quickly achieved my complex rating in the Arrow. Like most pilots, I had always dreamed of having my own aircraft and at this point I knew I wanted a Piper.

Based on my low time and what that meant in terms of insurance cost (and after seeing a few of the maintenance bills for our club plane’s retractable gear), I decided that a Cherokee 180 would be the best fit for my missions.

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Your Avionics Panel: Avionics "Tools" for the VFR Pilot
Written by Bob Hart    Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:58    PDF Print E-mail

In the early 2000s, as Sales Manager of Eastern Avionics, part of our marketing program included yearly participation in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (now called AirVenture) and Sun n’ Fun in Florida. These shows continue to attract thousands of pilots of all budgets and experience and I did forums each year on Designing and Upgrading Your Avionics Panel. The goal was to help pilots of all skill levels with the basics—not so much what units to buy, but more about how they plan to fly their aircraft and what avionics they should have onboard to meet the requirements of their respective goals. I started by asking pilots to categorize themselves into one of the following four flying groups:

1. The “VFR” Pilot in a basic VFR Airplane

2. The “Low-Time” IFR Pilot in a Light IFR Aircraft

3. The “Experienced” IFR Pilot in a Serious IFR Aircraft

4. The “Pro” IFR Pilot flying the aircraft for Business


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