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February 4, 2013
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  • FAA requires older Piper planes to be checked for damaged cables
    A Federal Aviation Administration safety directive set to be published in today's Federal Register mandates inspections and any necessary repairs of the control cable assembly on Piper airplanes more than 15 years old. Piper Aircraft Inc. released a statement saying the company considers the move "helpful to increase overall flight safety." The Wall Street Journal (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • New Texas GA caucus draws participation from across the state
    The Texas Statehouse was the site of the first meeting of the state's newly-formed General Aviation Caucus. Some 20 lawmakers across Texas have come together to participate in the nonpartisan group. "The state of Texas has over 350 public use airports, of which only 26 serve airlines. GA airports allow us access to areas otherwise hard to get to, like West Texas, and provide not only economic benefits but quality of life benefits with higher paying jobs, life flight, fire fighting capabilities and other services," said Dave Fulton, the state's director of aviation. General Aviation News (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fuller: User fees still threaten GA
    While Congress was able to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" at the start of the year, the budget plan that President Barack Obama is required to submit to Congress for 2013-2014 is likely to include aviation user fees. "Given the statements made during 2012, we have every reason to believe that the administration will come in search of more revenue from the general aviation community, and their search seems to focus on operational user fees," said AOPA's Craig Fuller. AIN Online (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ind. fuel company expands to Europe
    The Indiana-based aviation fuel company Swift Fuels LLC has acquired 50% of Germany's Swift Fuel GmbH, giving the company more access to foreign investors. "This is a major milestone in our efforts to broaden Swift Fuels' market coverage and deepen our technical base," said CEO Chris D'Acosta. Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Judge preserves Hawker Beechcraft machinists' pensions
    A settlement that preserves the pension benefits of more than 3,000 Hawker Beechcraft machinists was approved by a federal bankruptcy judge in New York. The move also guarantees the continuation of existing 401(k) savings plan and maintains pension benefits for retired workers. "Preventing the termination of a defined benefit pension for thousands of active and retired workers at a bankrupt company is a remarkable, but all too infrequent outcome," said Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Fort Mill Times (S.C.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What will you do in 2013 to help grow the pilot population?
    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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  Helicopter News 
  • New helicopter for N.C. hospital
    The AirLink program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in North Carolina has added a second helicopter to its air ambulance service. The two EC135 T2 helicopters are stationed in separate counties, cutting response times. Air Methods Corp. provides the program's helicopter and pilots, while the hospital provides the medical crew. Greater Wilmington Business Journal (N.C.) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • High school senior develops brain-controlled UAV
    Duncan Michael, a senior at Hawaii Prep Academy, developed a quad-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle that is flown with an emotive headset. The project was presented in a session at the Macworld/iWorld event in San Francisco. Allvoices (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Pilot donates winnings to create aviation scholarship for women
    Pilot Dianna Stagner donated the $5,000 purse money she and her partner Victoria Holt won in the 3,000-mile Air Race Championship to create a scholarship for a woman interested in a career in aviation. "As a female pilot, I know that aviation is a tough field for women to get into," said Stagner. "I wanted to do something to encourage more women in their teens and 20s to consider a career in aviation." LeTourneau University aviation student Whitney Brouwer is the recipient of the scholarship. Longview News-Journal (Texas) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Los Angeles mayor to focus on duties
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ended speculation about an Obama Cabinet position as Transportation Secretary, saying in a statement that he is focused on his mayoral duties until the summer. "I have said many times I will be focused on my job as mayor of Los Angeles until 11:59 and 59 seconds on June 30, 2013." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NTSB chief could be next Transportation Secretary, sources say: Deborah Hersman, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board, is a top candidate for the position of Transportation Secretary, sources say. Hersman, a Democrat, has garnered praise from both parties during her tenure at the U.S. safety agency. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced his plans to retire from the post. The Wall Street Journal (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Prop-start peril
    Exclusions are an ever-present part of all types of insurance policies, including those that cover our aircraft. We know there are terms and conditions about who can fly, where we can fly, and the like. But finding out too late about an exclusion in the policy that results in an unexpected claim denial makes us question exactly what we bought to protect ourselves. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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