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May 7, 2012
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What he didn't know about his life insurance cost his family $1 Million. Aviation exclusions can void your coverage if you are flying. Pilot should take special care when comparing life insurance. Get the right coverage without exclusions. Call Pilot Insurance at (800) 380-8376 or visit
  Aviation Update 
  • Blog: General aviation pilots should sign user-fee petition
    Blogger Robert Mark urges general aviation pilots to sign a petition asking the White House to further explain its user-fee proposal. "If we small-airplane folks don't support business aviation and the airlines this time around, GA user fees won't be far behind," Mark writes. The petition needs 25,000 signatures by May 15. (5/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • British website allows price comparison for charters
    Victor CEO Clive Jackson created his price-comparison website for charter and business flights after shuttling back and forth between two homes in Europe. "We always look to aggregate. It gives those who want to be able to share their aircraft an opportunity to offset the cost and recoup their money," Jackson said. (U.K.) (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bombardier executive offers HR advice
    Employees always want to know where their companies are headed, what their roles are and how their individual performances are stacking up, says Bombardier human resources chief John Paul Macdonald. Many new managers are unsure about the best way to communicate with employees when soliciting ideas, offering praise or delivering criticism, he notes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Poll: What type of airport do you operate at most?
    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 
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  Helicopter News 
  • Boeing wins orders for Apache helicopters
    Boeing has won two contracts worth $668 million to produce helicopters for the U.S. Army. The AH-64D Apache Block III helicopters will be used in Taiwan and the U.S. military. Reuters (5/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Pratt & Whitney is "bullish" on biofuels, executive says
    Aircraft engine developer Pratt & Whitney expects that its future engines will use biofuels, but a lack of renewable jet fuel production and infrastructure is a concern, said Alan Epstein, the company's vice president of technology and environment. Camelina is a promising source of renewable jet fuel, but technology still needs to improve and growers still need to find a way to boost yield, Epstein said. "We are bullish on biofuel. It is the future," Epstein added. Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Other News
Don't miss your chance to have Cocktails and Dinner with Bob Hoover. Friday, May 11. Dallas, TX. That's right. Legendary aviator R.A. "Bob" Hoover, who was described by Jimmy Doolittle as "the greatest stick and rudder pilot who ever lived" is being honored at a dinner sponsored by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Dallas, and you are invited. For information and tickets see
  AOPA News 
  • New post at AOPA to lead effort to boost pilot population
    As the pilot population continues to dwindle, AOPA and others in the industry are working together on numerous fronts to help reverse that trend and ensure a vibrant future for general aviation. To support its efforts, AOPA is searching for a leader to head the association's new center that focuses on advancing the pilot community. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EAA AirVenture 2012 slated for July 23 to 29
    The 2012 EAA AirVenture will be held July 23 to 29 in Oshkosh, Wis. More than 540,00 visitors are expected for the event, which will also showcase more than 800 exhibitors. Experimental Aircraft Association.

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