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December 11, 2012
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  • PLEDGE to reduce GA accident rate
    The PLEDGE program, launched by the Texas Aviation Association Foundation, aims to reduce the general aviation accident rate. "Although the accident rate for scheduled commercial operations has fallen in the past decade, the rate for GA continues at what TXAA Foundation, Inc. considers unacceptable," according to the organization's monthly newsletter. PLEDGE is an acronym to remind pilots to perform a few simple steps to avoid accidents. General Aviation News (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Business jet manufacturers are confident about market upturn
    According to Bombardier Aerospace, market indicators are "mixed, yet trending positively." This is due in large part to potential for growth in emerging markets such as the Middle East, Africa and China, which will play an increasingly greater role in the global market share. AIN Online (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Ind. airport unveils new $1.6 million hangar/terminal
    Dignitaries, pilots and well-wishers attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $1.6 million hangar/terminal at Tri-State Steuben County Municipal Airport in Indiana. The 12,500-square-foot building, along with other improvements such as snow removal and taxiway resurfacing, will allow the airport to operate year round. (Kendallville, Ind.) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Helicopter market takes off as China's airspace opens
    As China's airspace opens up for private use, the country's helicopter market expects "to see double-digit growth over the next several years," said Ed Beyer of Sikorsky Aircraft. According to Beyer, one of the main factors propelling the helicopter industry is China's offshore oil industry; Chinese operators are also looking at other uses such as emergency rescue and firefighting. China Daily (Beijing) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • UAVs go after poachers
    Google has given $5 million through its 2012 Global Impact Awards program to the World Wildlife Fund to purchase unmanned aerial vehicles to combat poachers. "We want to use integrated technologies to create a protective umbrella around [animals in poacher zones]," said Crawford Allan of TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, a joint project between the WWF and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Fast Company online (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Professor builds his own plane, plans to fly all over country
    It took Gary Leinberger, an associate professor at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, nine and a half years to build his English "Europa XS High Top." To keep up his skills while he built the plane, he flew his one-seater Kitfox. Now that the plane is done, Leinberger and his wife plan to fly all over the country, concluding their trip at the Experimental Aircraft Association's fly-in at Oshkosh, Wis., next summer. Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, Pa.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Anniversary of German teen's flight to Moscow to protest Cold War
    Twenty-five years ago, a West German teenager fed up with the Cold War flew a single-engine Cessna into the Soviet Union and landed in Red Square. Mathias Rust was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison. "I came to the conclusion that I needed to do something that puts an end to this dead end situation," Rust said in and interview with the BBC. "I thought I could use this plane to build an imaginary bridge between West and East." PRI (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training News 
  • N.C. community college makes a career in aviation affordable
    The Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology Program at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, N.C. offers two- and four-year programs to prepare students for a variety of aviation careers. "We were amazed how a little school in our own backyard had this program that fed the exact place I originally wanted to go," said student Zachary Harrell. For Harrell, the program's affordability made his dream of a career in aeronautics possible. General Aviation News (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • AOPA offers prints from photo gallery
    AOPA presents the best in Aviation Photography now available to our members. Selected from the immense AOPA image archive, some of the most striking aviation photographs are now available as prints, framed prints and gifts. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Outbreak warning? AOPA Emergency Assistance Plus is ready to help
    Planning your first international trip? Your itinerary probably doesn't include the unexpected complications caused by a sudden outbreak of illness. In the event of this, EA+ will provide you with the latest authoritative information and guidance, and assist you in making evacuation arrangements -- including flight arrangements, securing visas, and even ground transportation and housing. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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