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March 20, 2013
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  • Harrison Ford rallies support for ATC towers
    "It's about safety and jobs," reiterated Harrison Ford as he addressed the House General Aviation Caucus on Tuesday. The debate about sequestration and especially the closing of nearly 200 air traffic control towers provided a dramatic backdrop for the long-planned meeting meant to rally members of the House and Senate to join their respective GA caucuses. Roll Call (free content) (3/19), The Washington Post (3/19), AOPA Online (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • New business airline brings GA to all
    When it launches, Surf Air will work off of an "all-you-can-fly" subscription model. Business travelers will pay $1,000 per month and can have up to four flights booked at a time. The company will initially fly between four California cities, with plans to expand to 53 U.S. routes. Airplanista blog (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bipartisan resistance to Obama's tax proposal in Kan.
    While many Democrats support President Barack Obama's proposal to reduce the tax break for private-plane buyers, the proposal is seeing bipartisan resistance in America's aviation capital. "I'm certainly disappointed that he would do something of this nature," said Carl Brewer, mayor of Wichita, Kan., and a Democrat. "As long as you're doing something to threaten my aviation industry ... I'll continue to speak out against it." Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., said, "All the aviation manufacturers want is for [Obama] to stop talking down their industry." Reuters (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FAA pushes ATC closure decisions to Friday
    The Federal Aviation Administration said that it will delay the announcement about which air traffic control towers will be closed until Friday. The delay of the announcement will not change the actual shutdown date scheduled for April 7. AVweb (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aviation blossomed as baby boomers came of age
    Blogger Scott Spangler looks at the demographic stability of the pilot population. He says that until 2005, baby boomers accounted for more than half of the pilot population, but that number has been in steady decline in recent years. "Rather than trying to recapture this fantasy, we should be uniting to preserve what we have by supporting those still flying and encouraging and nurturing interested newcomers," writes Spangler. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Governor of Hawaii gives 2013 to GA
    Aviation advocacy groups support Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie's declaration that 2013 is the "Year of General Aviation." AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller said, "We appreciate the governor's recognition of these airports and aircraft, and look forward to working with him on issues important to aircraft owners and pilots throughout the state." General Aviation News (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Stand up and support GA airports
    President-elect of the Oregon Pilots Association Mary Rosenblum is urging members to get involved and support local airports. "If we don't tell people why our GA airports are valuable, how they provide emergency service access, local business from pilots, UPS and FedEx access, landing sites for firefighting aircraft, as well as ag ops, they don't realize just how valuable the airports are," she writes. General Aviation News (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • A match made in the skies
    Heather Howley, owner of N.Y.-based Independent Helicopters, arrived to her wedding reception piloting her own helicopter. Her new skydiver husband, Marius Ivascu, jumped off his wife's helicopter to get there. The couple enjoy flying, and Ivascu said, "We want to promote aviation." Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • Piccolo Nano autopilot is smallest UAV
    UTC Aerospace Systems has unveiled its Piccolo Nano autopilot, designed to be the smallest unmanned aerial vehicle on the market. It has all the software and feature capabilities of the Piccolo autopilot family, but is small enough to be launched by hand. Avionics Intelligence (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • The real world of ice pilots
    Mikey McBryan of the TV series "Ice Pilots NWT" said of his show, "When a trip goes well, it never makes television, so 99% of trips they don't show. They want to see emergencies, things going bad. The worst day possible at Buffalo is the best day for TV." But he added that the show is a documentary, and everything viewers see is real. Canadian Skies magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • FAA Makes Positive Changes for Some Cardiac Conditions
    FAA Makes Positive Changes for Some Cardiac Conditions In mid-January 2013 some of the Federal Air Surgeon's Cardiology Consultants met in Oklahoma City to discuss some of the policies that the FAA requires of airmen who have certain cardiac conditions, according to Dr. Warren Silberman, the former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification. As a result of that meeting some favorable changes have been instituted. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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