AOPA applauds Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for promoting competition, access | Young Eagles program takes flight in Enterprise, Ala. | Fla.'s Destin Executive Airport welcomes new air traffic control tower
October 20, 2017
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AOPA applauds Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for promoting competition, access
Pilots refueling at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have a less expensive option for fueling their aircraft: A new self-service fueling option for 100LL is more than $2 per gallon cheaper than buying fuel through the airport's single fixed-base operator. The move is the latest positive development in AOPA's efforts to ensure airports are providing reasonable access.
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Young Eagles program takes flight in Enterprise, Ala.
The Enterprise, Ala., chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will expose children to the joy of flying through the Young Eagles program on Nov. 4. "We want to get them interested in pursuing a career or a hobby in aviation, either as a pilot or mechanic or designer," said chapter member Les Brusse.
The Enterprise Ledger (Ala.) (10/20) 
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Airport Focus
Fla.'s Destin Executive Airport welcomes new air traffic control tower
Florida's Destin Executive Airport will soon give the public its first look at the facility's new air traffic control tower. "This has been over a decade in the making," said Tracy Stage, Okaloosa County airports director.
News Herald (Panama City, Fla.) (10/19) 
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Avionics & Technology
Fla. school teaches drone flying skills
Licensed pilot David Young has established a school in Lakeland, Fla., for those who want to earn their Remote Pilot Certificate. Young is one of many entrepreneurs building businesses around advances in drone technology.
Business Observer (Sarasota, Fla.) (10/20) 
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International News
Aviation group helps save conjoined twins in Congo
The Mission Aviation Fellowship transported a pair of conjoined twins from their rural village in the Democratic Republic of Congo for surgery in the capital city of Kinshasa. The girls, Anick and Destin, are now recovering.
KIVI-TV (Boise, Idaho) (10/16) 
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Pilot Spotlight
Pilot rides love of flying to internet fame
Steve Thorne has attracted nearly 131,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel featuring his exploits as a self-described "weekend warrior pilot" going by the name Flight Chops. "The whole thing was about being self-deprecating and humbling, and I was not really concerned about it being cool," he says of his success, noting "there were enough cool pilots on the internet."
Flying Magazine (10/20) 
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Red Bull fun; Best in training honored
Experience high-speed flying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Japan's Yoshihide Muroya won the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Find out why Tampa, Florida, is the perfect location for a fly-in, and see who won the 2017 AOPA Flight Training Experience Awards. Watch AOPA Live This Week.
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