Supersonic business jet could be on the way | OpenAirplane aims to simplify the rental process | Ohio EAA chapter set to host fly-in
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August 16, 2013
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Supersonic business jet could be on the way
According to Dimitri Papamoschou, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Irvine, the main impediment to building a supersonic commercial airliner right now is economics. But supersonic business travel could be on the horizon. For the last 10 years, Aerion has been working with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center to develop a business jet that can fly at Mach 1.6, and the company says it hopes to bring the aircraft to the market within the next decade. Fox Business (8/15)
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OpenAirplane aims to simplify the rental process
OpenAirplane co-founder Rod Rakic says his goal in starting the company was to simplify the airplane rental process in order to make it easier for pilots to use their licenses. The company does not own any aircraft; it works with operators to enhance the rental potential of their fleets using standardized annual checkout and a smartphone application. AVweb (8/14)
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Ohio EAA chapter set to host fly-in
The Experimental Aircraft Association's Tin Goose Chapter 1247 is set to host its annual fly-in this Sunday at Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport in Ohio. The event will feature Young Eagle flights for children, a variety of aircraft and classic automobiles, and a pancake breakfast. Port Clinton News Herald (Ohio) (8/15)
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Petition launched to rename Wichita airport after Dwight Eisenhower
Radio hosts in Wichita, Kan., have launched a petition to rename Mid-Continent Airport the Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport. "We think Eisenhower is a world-renowned name for a city that should be world-renowned," said host Jan Harrison. Eisenhower spent much of his childhood in Abilene, Kan. KAKE-TV (Wichita, Kan.) (8/14)
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MD Helicopters aims to expand Latin American fleet
MD Helicopters wants to strengthen its dealer network in Latin America and expand its current fleet of 100 aircraft in the region. "Our focus is to strengthen the dealer network and our goal is to be delivering 12 MD Explorers a year in Latin America by the end of 2015," said Philip Marsteller, the company's director of sales and marketing. AIN Online (8/16)
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The XGPS170 made by Dual Electronics is a GPS and ADS-B receiver that provides weather and traffic information via Bluetooth. The unit is compatible with several iPad and tablet applications, and has recently been optimized for WSI’s Pilotbrief Optima iPad app. Flying online (8/13)
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Red Bull pilot will fly in N.J. air show
Red Bull acrobatic pilot Kirby Chambliss will perform at this weekend's Greenwood Lake Air Show in New Jersey. Some 25,000 spectators are expected at the annual event. Other performers include Gary Ward flying a carbon fiber monoplane and the Iron Eagles. The New Jersey Herald (Newton) (8/16)
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GA important to business, public safety in Idaho
Tom Boyer of the Alliance for Aviation Across America writes in the Twin Falls Times-News that access to general aviation is important to the survival of small businesses in Idaho and other rural areas. He also writes that GA is an important asset for public safety. He applauds the efforts of his local lawmakers for recognizing the benefits of GA. The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho) (8/11)
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GAO audit finds TSA's security threat assessment process falls short
A Government Accountability Office report says the Transportation Security Administration’s Adjudication Center, which uses contractors to perform security background checks for Transportation Worker Identification Credential cards, should bring the operations in house. TWIC cards give access to secure areas. The report states: "The Adjudication Center's timeliness and accuracy measures did not capture key data." Homeland Security Today (8/8)
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Inside an aircraft search
AOPA gained an exclusive inside look at a general aviation aircraft search, and the association opposes a proposed FAA airworthiness directive that would cost millions. Also this week, stopping spins and protecting yourself from laser blindness -- all on AOPA Live This Week, Aug. 15, 2013.
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GA makes strong showing in New Mexico
AOPA President Craig Fuller was in New Mexico earlier this week where he had the chance to see just how general aviation can prosper when pilots and elected officials get engaged. Companies including Aspen Avionics, Bendix/King by Honeywell, and Eclipse Aerospace all have operations in New Mexico, a state where general aviation is represented by more than 4,200 pilots operating out of 61 public-use airports. It's also a state where general aviation generates more than $700 million each year. AOPA Online.
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Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid."
-- G.K. Chesterton,
British writer
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