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December 26, 2012
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  • James May of "Top Gear" perfects the paper airplane
    James May of the BBC's "Top Gear" has been fascinated with flight since childhood. As a boy, he created airplanes with paper, balsa wood and glue. "I spent hours making gliders with different wing shapes, and that's how I learnt the basics of aerodynamics. If you do things like that, it's quite easy to grasp the fundamentals and you can easily start designing little airplanes of your own," said May. (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Flying clubs need to work on outreach in order to survive
    Jetwhine's Scott Spangler writes that in order to survive, flying clubs need to work on recruitment and outreach. "In focusing on their immediate needs, members of many clubs have, without realizing it, created a closed society. Without new members to propagate the pilot species, their number will dwindle with time, adding to the survivor's financial responsibilities," he writes. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pimentel: An inside look at the airplane broker
    Airplanista's Dan Pimentel talks to Chris Kirk, owner/principal of Kansas City-based WildBlue, to discover the life of an airplane broker. According to Kirk, the broker has to help the buyer look at the purchase from a financial and emotional perspective. Airplanista blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What type of aviation headset do you fly with?
    Over ear headset with Active Noise Reduction  62.83%
    Over ear headset with Passive Noise Reduction  31.22%
    In-ear headset with Passive Noise Reduction  4.94%
    In-ear headset with Active Noise Reduction  1.02%
  Airport Focus 
  • W.Va. airport faces $13M lawsuit
    Mountaineer Grading filed a $13 million lawsuit against the Wood County Airport Authority in West Virginia, claiming breach of contract. According to the suit, the airport authority failed to provide "a design free of defects" and contributed to the demise of the construction company. The Marietta Times (Ohio) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Download NBAA's State Aviation Tax White Paper. With specific regulations for each state, ensuring awareness and compliance with all the laws can be a daunting task. That's why NBAA assembled a comprehensive State Aviation Tax Report.
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  • Md. high school returns to final round of global competition
    A team of students from River Hill High School in Maryland is preparing for the championship round of the Zero Robotics High School Tournament, a global competition that was won last year by a team of high schools that included River Hill. The competition challenges high-school students from around the globe to develop programs to run on satellites on the International Space Station. The Baltimore Sun (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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WingX Pro7 — ADS-B Weather and Traffic — now on iPad Mini! Supports more than 10 ADS-B receivers! The World's #1 Top Grossing Navigation iPad app is the most open ADS-B technology for the iPad. You choose the ADS-B receiver you want — WingX Pro7 supports Skyradar, Clarity, DUAL XGPS170, and more coming soon!
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  • Sporty's mission bag discount
    AOPA members get exclusive 10% savings on Sporty's Mission Flight Gear Bag! You will be amazed by 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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