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October 15, 2012
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  • FAA decisions will redefine aviation, acting chief says
    The Federal Aviation Administration is in the process of making a series of critical decisions that will "define what aviation looks like in this country for the next 25, 30 or 40 years," said Michael Huerta, the agency's acting administrator. Primary issues of concern include safety, efficiency and technology, this feature says. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Ohio works to fix job conundrum in aerospace industry
    Despite high unemployment in Ohio, there are some 10,000 job openings in the state's aerospace industry. A new $8 million outreach initiative has led to creating the Aerospace Professional Development Center at Wright State University in Ohio. The program aims to attract and educate skilled workers to the aerospace industry, officials say. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blogger details his give-get relationship with AOPA
    Blogger Robert Goyer says it's not what you can get from AOPA, but what you have to give that's important. "Through all of the fun, the message is clear. We're all in this together. Let's do our best to join our voices so that the non-flying world hears one voice, big, loud and clear," writes Goyer. Flying magazine/Flying Blogs (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA moves forward with flying-club initiative
    According to Adam Smith, head of AOPA's new Center to Advance the Pilot Community, there are some 500,000 pilots in the U.S. with lapsed certificates; a new flying club in their area might just be the ticket to getting them back in the cockpit. "Wherever there is a community in aviation there is a 'stickiness' that keeps people sticking around," said Smith. AVweb (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Connected Pilot Now Available! Aspen Avionics' new Connected Pilot, the first in the Connected Panel product line, is now available via Aspen's authorized dealer network. Connected Panel technology connects your smart portable device with your Evolution MFD-equipped instrument panel. Click for more info:
  • Are you a member of a flying club?
    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.
Yes. I find it to be a great benefit
No. But I'd like to join one
No. I have no interest

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  Airport Focus 
  • Texas airport boasts rich history
    Stinson Municipal Airport in Texas is one of the oldest general aviation airports in the U.S. Named for the Stinson family, which moved to the area in 1913 to teach flying at Fort Sam Houston, it is now home to many aircraft including those from law enforcement, the Civil Air Patrol, the aviation department of Palo Alto College and the Texas Air Museum. San Antonio Express-News (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • University of Maryland students aim for Sikorsky prize
    The Sikorsky prize has gone unclaimed for more than three decades. A group of University of Maryland students are aiming to change that. The $250,000 prize was promised by the American Helicopter Society for any team that can build a human-powered helicopter. The aircraft must hover for one minute at a height of three meters inside a 10-meter box. "One of the big challenges for the Wright brothers was getting an engine strong enough to move them through the air, but light enough that they can actually get off the ground," said student Graham Bowen-Davies. "In that respect, we're no different -- we've got the same problem. Our engine just happens to be a person." National Public Radio (text and audio) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • Thrush 510G is certified by FAA
    A type certificate was issued by the Federal Aviation Administration for the Thrush 510G, a new agplane with a single 800-shp General Electric H80 turbine engine. A derivative of the 510P, the new design features a number of other improvements including changes to the engine area, which allowed for the removal of 250 pounds of ballast required in the 510P. The plane has a top working speed of 150 mph and is priced at about $900,000. Flying magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Veteran Pa. pilot receives Wright Brothers award
    Carl Zettlemoyer of Maxatawny Township, Pa., has flown his vintage Piper J3 Cub and a four-passenger Cessna 120 for more than 50 years. The Federal Aviation Administration recently recognized him for his outstanding safety record during 2,100 hours of flight time with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. Reading Eagle Press (Pa.) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Harrison Ford tells Summit attendees about his passion for flying
    Actor/pilot Harrison Ford told attendees at an AOPA Aviation Summit keynote address about how aviation helped him reinvent his life and why all pilots should share the value of aviation with the public. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get a $10 off gift card from Aircraft Spruce!
    Check out all of the discounts and special offers from leading aviation and non-aviation companies available through the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts Program LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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