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December 24, 2012
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  • Pilot-turned-designer creates watches especially for female fliers
    Chelsea Abingdon Welch always wanted a career in aviation, but the 28-year-old pilot didn't expect it to include watch design. Then she discovered a hole in the market where watches for women should be. "You could buy a man's watch, but it was bulky and black or brown, and you know a man's watch," Welch said. "A bunch of women got together and we did the first two designs, which were the Jackie model and the Amelia model." The watches include all the features a pilot needs in the cockpit -- Zulu time, a stopwatch and an E-6B slide rule -- but with a design that is decidedly feminine. General Aviation News (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Aircraft maintenance, avionics business expands to S.C.
    After unexpectedly taking over the family business upon his father's passing, Jeffrey Johnson built up Commander Instruments and Avionics, then based at a tiny airfield Chester, N.C., into a successful business, moving it first to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. "That's when business really took off," Johnson said. In 2011, he partnered with Boxell Aerospace at Charleston Executive Airport in South Carolina before eventually buying them out. Avionics Intelligence (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jet Aviation restructuring plan includes sales
    In a move aimed at restructuring its services business, Jet Aviation plans to sell two of its key European maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities to Cessna Aircraft. The sale of the facilities in Zurich, Switzerland and Dusseldorf, Germany, is expected to be completed by the end of the year and does not include the company's fixed-base operations at those locations. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  • What type of aviation headset do you fly with?
    Check out poll results in Wednesday's eBrief. The results from the poll questions in Aviation eBrief do not necessarily represent the views of pilots, aircraft owners or AOPA members and therefore should not be used for research purposes.
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  Airport Focus 
  • Pilots: Ogden-Hinckley commercial service is causing problems
    Allegiant Air began offering commercial airline service between Ogden, Utah, and Mesa, Ariz., in September. Local pilots now believe that the move is negatively affecting general aviation at Ogden-Hinckley Airport. Impacts include tighter security and higher fees. "With all of the new fees we're charged, I feel like I'm supporting them [Allegiant]," said pilot Gary Kopecky. Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Helicopter rescues stranded snowboarder under harsh conditions
    A Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter rescued a snowboarder stranded in a steep ravine in British Columbia, Canada, after a sudden snow squall hampered the rescue operation. "Visibility was extremely poor during the hoist sequences," said Sgt. Tony Norris, the flight engineer who operated the hoist. "In addition to the blowing snow and wind, we had very tall trees, cliffs and water in the area that made the operation challenging." (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • European charts now available for Garmin's Aera GPS
    Garmin's Aera 795/796 portable GPS receivers are now equipped with European VFR and IFR charts. The charts are part of the company's SafeTaxi database. The database also includes georeferenced airport diagrams for more than 1,000 U.S. airports. Flying online (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Mo. pilot volunteers with Pilots N Paws
    Robert Blumenshine of Creve Coeur, Mo., uses his vintage Beechcraft Bonanza to transport dogs to new homes through the Pilots N Paws program. "Almost all shelters are overstocked and understaffed," said Blumenshine. "When a dog goes to a shelter that has a kill policy, some state it and some don't, but there's a time limit for how long they can stay." Suburban Journals (St. Louis) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • N.M. gives up on seaplane ban
    After an agressive effort by the Seaplane Pilots Association and, the state of New Mexico has given up its plans to ban seaplanes on lakes located in state parks. The New Mexico State Parks Division issued this statement, "Based upon the comments received, and given that the Bureau of Reclamation and United States Army Corps of Engineers already have regulations addressing seaplanes and floatplanes, the Division did not adopt the proposed rule." AVweb (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
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  Editor's Note 
  • Aviation eBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, the Aviation eBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy."
--William Blake,
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