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 AOPA Says NTSB Too "Speculative" In GA Reports

The NTSB should conduct an internal review to determine why several recent reports regarding general-aviation accidents included "speculative" conclusions that aren't supported by factual data, AOPA said on Tuesday. In a letter to the safety board's acting chairman, Bella Dinh-Zarr, AOPA's government affairs vice-president Jim Coon objected to reports that cited medical incapacitation of the pilot "contrary to other compelling evidence."

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 Jets Return To Lantana After 44 Years

The FAA banned jets from Florida's Lantana/Palm Beach County Airport in 1973, but that ban is now lifted, the Palm Beach Post reported on Tuesday. Errol Forman, a retired Eastern Air Lines pilot, had landed his newly acquired 1983 Cessna Citation I/SP jet there in May, and a neighbor reported the violation to authorities. Forman then challenged the restriction and filed a formal complaint with the FAA, with the argument that the county was violating conditions of its federal grants.

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 AVIC Invests In New Continental Plant

Continental Motors will build a new plant in Mobile, Alabama, the company announced on Monday. The huge new facility, with 225,000 square feet of space, will house both corporate offices and manufacturing space, replacing 11 buildings currently in use across 44 acres at the Mobile Aeroplex. "The current operation being spread throughout multiple buildings, drives many challenges and inefficiencies," said Michael Skolnik, executive vice president for Continental.

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 Short Final

During a VFR approach in a busy airport in devoutly Catholic Colombia, a student pilot was given landing clearance. It seemed she didn't understand the controller ... Student: "Could you please confirm?" ... Tower: "Sure: I confirm you in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son..." ... Of course the controller gave her the right instructions afterwards! Of course the controller gave her the right instructions afterwards! Juan Velasquez

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