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September 27, 2012
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  • Antique warbirds on display, in air at Tenn. aviation day
    Several antique warbirds including a Beechcraft T-34 will be on display and in the air at Shelbyville Aviation Day in Tennessee. The family event, which will also feature classic cars and rides in a vintage DC-3, kicks off Saturday. "They're a lot of fun to fly; it teaches you to fly formation; it's training that enhances your skills," said T-34 owner Charles McGaughy. Shelbyville Times-Gazette (Tenn.) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hawker Beechcraft reported $33.8 million in losses in August
    Hawker Beechcraft, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May, reported $33.8 million in net loss during August, while only recording sales of $143.9 million. At the same time, the Wichita, Kan., company reached an agreement with Superior Aircraft of Beijing to acquire Hawker for $1.79 billion. The deal is subject to higher bids at auction and would not include the defense component of Hawker Beechcraft's business. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal court case aims to get the lead out of airplane fuel
    About 167,000 of the piston-driven airplanes flown in the U.S. burn leaded aviation fuel, which makes them the largest source of lead emissions in the country, according to this source. In a federal court case in Washington, D.C., Earthjustice attorney Marianne Engleman Lado aims to get the Environmental Protection Agency to crack down. "There are 20,000 airports around the country, including here in New York, where lead is still used, and studies have shown that people who live near these airports -- their kids are more likely to have heightened blood lead levels," said Lado, but the problem is that no alternative currently exists for avgas. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association says it's a decision for the Federal Aviation Administration, not the EPA. Public News Service (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Kimberly-Clark Corp. to build new aviation facility at Wis. airport
    Kimberly-Clark Corp. will make the first major private investment in the new general aviation area at Outagamie County Regional Airport in Wisconsin. On Tuesday, the company agreed on a land lease with the Outagamie County Board for about 1.7 acres for $17,679 annually over 20 years. "It's certainly an important investment by the private sector into the airport," said Airport Director Marty Lenss. The Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.) (9/25) 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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  • ABS brakes are an option on Eclipse 550 jets
    An Anti-Skid Braking System is now an option on Eclipse 550 jets. Eclipse Aerospace is also offering ABS as a retrofit to the existing fleet of twin-engine jets. "Testing of this system has exceeded our expectations, from normal touchdown speeds to a complete stop in less than 750 feet with aggressive braking," said Cary Winter, senior vice president of engineering at Eclipse Aerospace. Availability is expected within six months. General Aviation News (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Boeing retiree builds replica of bathtub plane, hopes to fly
    Eighty-four-year-old Ed Kusmirek of Renton, Wash., has built an exact replica of a 1924 super-light Dormoy Bathtub and now hopes to fly it. The Boeing retiree only needs approval the Federal Aviation Administration and a quick refresher of his flying skills to take make his 60-year dream come true. The Seattle Times (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Controversial airspace restrictions delayed by FAA
    A controversial change to airspace restrictions, which opponents say would create problems at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Wash., will be delayed by the Federal Aviation Administration. According to the FAA, the new rules that were set to take effect Monday were intended to systematize surrounding airspace, but local pilots believe the restrictions will create unnecessary safety hazards and delays if planes are left circling without specific guidelines. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Special AOPA Aviation Summit arrival procedures
    Planning to fly to Palm Springs, Calif., for AOPA Aviation Summit 2012? AOPA has compiled in a handy package all the information you'll need, from the FAA notam with arrival and departure procedures, to free shuttles connecting local airports with the heart of the action on the ground. More information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA Live takes you inside the Reno Air Races
    Fly 75 feet above the ground at the Reno Air Races thanks to in-cockpit footage from AOPA Live. Plus see what changes were made to the races after last year's fatal accident. Then, find out how you can earn your tailwheel endorsement in one weekend during AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif. All this and more on AOPA Live This Week, Sept. 27. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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