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October 4, 2012
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  • AOPA encourages growth of flying clubs
    AOPA will offer incentives to build flying clubs. Adam Smith, head of AOPA's new Center to Advance the Pilot Community, said in a podcast interview with AVweb that AOPA's goal is to have up to 2,000 clubs in the U.S. AVweb (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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:
  Airport Focus 
iPad Jet Mount Kits, by MyGoFlight. The Mount: Pilot installable, adjustable, light, machined aluminum, iPad easily rotates/tilts. The Case: High quality, mountable everyday case. iPad always protected. Attach to yoke. Available for Gulfstream, Lear and Beech jets. For more info, click here.
  Helicopter News 
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Sense-and-avoid technology tested
    Two weeks of flight testing "sense and avoid" technology that had been developed by MITRE Corp. and the University of North Dakota have been completed. The software algorithms were uploaded onto a NASA Langley Research Center general aviation aircraft. The technology could in the future help unmanned aircraft better integrate into the national air transportation system. Government Security News (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  Training News 
  • Pilot training begins on G650 at Gulfstream Learning Center in Ga.
    Customer pilot training for the new Gulfstream G650 has begun at Gulfstream's Savannah Learning Center in Georgia by FlightSafety International. Sixteen pilots are enrolled in the first three-and-a-half-week-long class. Facilities include two full-motion simulators and four graphical flight simulators -- both of which are approved for Federal Aviation Administration training. AIN Online (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kan. family is honored by flight center
    A new full-motion flight simulator at the Spencer Flight and Education Center at Scott City Municipal Airport in Kansas will train pilots for dangerous situations they might encounter in flight. The simulator is in honor of the Spencer family of Scott City. KTKA-TV (Topeka, Kan.) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Air traffic controller safety program is criticized
    The Transportation Department's inspector general has criticized the program that lets air traffic controllers voluntarily report safety concerns without having to be worried about reprisals. The official has told Congress that "significant improvement" is needed to find the causes of safety risks. "The intent of the reporting program is to improve aviation safety, not to provide amnesty to controllers who like to watch movies or take a nap while on the job," said House Transportation Committee chairman John Mica, R-Fla. AIN Online (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • AOPA Live This Week: Mod lowers stall speed
    Find out who would want to crash an airplane on purpose and see what simple modification can lower stall speeds on AOPA Live This Week. Plus, help count down to the kickoff of AOPA Aviation Summit. All this and more on AOPA Live This Week, Oct. 4. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nonpilot? No problem: Activities for your nonflying guest
    As you get ready to take off for Palm Springs, Calif., for AOPA Aviation Summit, don't leave someone behind just because the person doesn't fly. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA unveils Center to Advance the Pilot Community
    AOPA has launched the new Center to Advance the Pilot Community to help stem the tide of a declining pilot population. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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