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March 7, 2013
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  • Fla. event aims to inspire more women in aviation
    An event called Fly it Forward/Titusville organized by a group of female pilots, flight instructors and aviation workers is set to take place Saturday at Arthur Dunn Air Park in Florida as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. "I am excited to be able to 'fly it forward' by introducing flight to other women and by celebrating the feats of so many who have led the way for women in aviation," said event organizer and volunteer pilot Barbara Ganson. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Iditarod Air Force focuses on safety
    The Iditarod Air Force is made up of 25 planes flying around 1,400 hours during the course of the race, carrying spectators and cargo for the historic Alaskan sled-dog race. While the IAF began as a volunteer-supported organization, race organizers and the Federal Aviation Administration have worked to make offering air support for the race safer with special training and additional 100-hour inspections. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bizav depreciation schedules, user fees are absurd
    Proposed changes to the depreciation schedules of business aircraft and aviation user fees are two of the most-ill conceived proposals made by the Obama administration, writes Louis Seno, special advisor to the Jet Support Services Inc. board. "The real fallacy here is that any marginal increase in tax revenue through this discriminatory movement will hardly even begin to move the needle, in terms of reducing our ever burgeoning national debt," he writes. Forbes (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cirrus must provide information before receiving loan
    Cirrus Aircraft has requested a $950,000 loan from the city of Grand Forks, N.D., but is being required to answer questions about its financial standing before the loan can be approved. According to the company's vice president for business administration, William King, the loan would save Cirrus money and create 10 jobs. AVweb (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cessna Corvalis TTx makes first flight
    Cessna Aircraft is calling its new Corvalis TTx "the world's fastest fixed-gear, single-engine piston aircraft in production." During the aircraft's first production flight on March 2 in Independence, Kan., it reached a speed of 213 kts and an altitude of 17,000 feet. AVweb (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Task force: Conn. airport is valuable city asset
    An Airport Task Force that was looking into potential improvements at Danbury Municipal Airport in Connecticut found that the airport is a valuable asset to the city. "It's a viable and thriving facility that just needs to be put into gear. The airport has the potential to attract business from all over Fairfield County," said task force Chairman James Cordes. News Times (Danbury, Conn.) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FAA sends letters to airports affected by planned tower closures
    The Federal Aviation Administration is sending letters to airports with planned tower closures due to federal budget cuts. The FAA will allow airports to appeal closures if they would have national effects on air transportation. "Negative impact on the national interest is the only criterion the FAA will use," the letters read. "The FAA is unable to consider local community impact." CNN (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Bell offers early retirement packages
    In response to looming federal budget cuts, Bell Helicopter is offering early retirement packages to some employees. "While we don't yet know the full impact that it will have, early indicators point to a significant reduction in U.S. government spending," Bell President and CEO John Garrison wrote to employees. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Biofuel-powered Cessna 182 makes flight
    A Cessna 182 powered by a 50-50 blend of biofuel produced from used cooking oil and Jet A made a 500-mile flight from New Jersey to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina. "The goals of this flight are to demonstrate the potential of aviation biofuels and all renewable energy, as well as the high efficiency and other benefits of aviation diesel engines," said pilot Ross McCurdy. Outer Banks Sentinel (Nags Head, N.C.) (3/6), AVweb (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training News 
  • Pa. university is set to launch a professional pilot program
    Venango College of Clarion University in Pennsylvania is set to launch a new professional pilot program that aims to prepare students for careers in air carrier operations, on-demand charter, aerial photography, survey work or flight instructing. Flight training for a private pilot's license, instrument rating and commercial pilot's license will take place at one of three area airports. The Titusville Herald (Pa.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • AOPA EA+ steps in to help
    When accidents happen, getting treatment fast is a top priority, and finding that treatment close to home usually isn't difficult. But, should an accident occur while you are traveling, finding treatment becomes that much more difficult. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA job of the day: president, AOPA Insurance Services
    The president of insurance sales for AOPA will provide leadership which includes developing a strategic plan to advance the organization's mission and objectives which will grow the business and enhance revenue and profitability. This leadership role will oversee operations in Wichita, Kansas, to ensure the highest level of member service, quality, profitability, production efficiency and cost effective management of resources. The president of insurance sales reports to the Board of AOPA Insurance Agency. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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