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October 19, 2012
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  • Flying gives combat veterans freedom from PTSD
    The Missoula, Mont.-based program XSports4Vets aims to help combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder through flying. Co-founder Jesse Scollin, an Army combat medic who was sent to Iraq in 2003 and has PTSD, said, "When you're flying, you can detach yourself from everything holding you down here on the ground. For a few minutes, it's all gone, and you try to make that resonate as long as you can." Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Blog: Hawker Beechcraft deal was red-flagged from the start
    The deal to sell Hawker Beechcraft to Superior Aviation Beijing was always unlikely to succeed, blogger Stephen Pope writes. "Nobody had ever heard of Superior Aviation Beijing, and nobody seriously thought this company was actually going to write a check of that gargantuan size, even if it could. A closer look at Superior's financials reveals that it probably could not," he writes. Flying magazine/blog (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The end of the "Hawker": Plans for Hawker Beechcraft following the cancellation of its planned sale to Superior Aviation of Beijing likely don't include its business-jet line, this blogger says. The post-bankruptcy stand-alone company will be called Beechcraft Corp. and will focus on piston, turboprop and special-mission aircraft, meaning the "Hawker" will go out of production. Aviation Week & Space Technology/Things With Wings blog (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blogger asks what Obama has against the bizav industry
    The business aviation community reacted sharply to President Barack Obama's comments during the Oct. 16th presidential debate. Blogger Jeff Burger examines the president's statements and the bizav community's reactions. "Ending breaks for business aircraft -- an apparent reference to bonus depreciation, which was part of the stimulus package Obama himself signed -- wouldn't exactly do much to deflate the national debt," he writes. AIN Online (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • China opens new helicopter training center for pilots
    China opened its first helicopter pilot training center Thursday in Shanghai. Pilots can be certified in one month after taking a course and passing both a physical exam and a Civil Aviation Administration test. The cost is about 250,000 yuan ($39,975). "Shanghai has a huge market for private helicopters with a large number of billionaires and enthusiasts, but there is a shortage of pilots," said Wu Dan, general manager of Heli General Aviation, the company that will run the training base. People's Daily (China) (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • UK scientists convert air to gasoline, eye aviation fuel
    Air Fuel Synthesis, a small British company, has developed technology to convert carbon dioxide and water vapor from the air into gasoline. Scientists plan on using the process to produce "green" aviation fuel. The company hopes to move into large-scale production within two years. "We are converting renewable electricity into a more versatile, useable and storable form of energy, namely liquid transport fuels. We think that by the end of 2014, provided we can get the funding going, we can be producing petrol using renewable energy and doing it on a commercial basis," CEO Peter Harrison said. The Independent (London) (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Balloon pilot who is a paraplegic takes to the skies for a good cause
    Family Care Foundation, a nonprofit that provides medical care to needy families, has given a million dollars to the Amarillo, Texas, community, after its "Up in the Air for Family Care" event, says board chairman David Jones. Michael Glen, the only paraplegic balloon pilot in the world, participated in the festivities. "Flying for me is a real special thing. I've been around balloons my whole life. My first ride was three weeks old, and my dad will be here flying his balloon so it's a really cool experience to be able to do this. One of the goals I set for myself was to become a pilot after my accident and achieving that goal is one of the neatest things I've done and I've got to meet some of the greatest people," Glen said. KVII-TV (Amarillo, Texas) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Va. airport affects local economy by $250M annually, report says
    Two studies show that Roanoke Regional Airport in Virginia affects its community in a positive way. One of the studies, commissioned by the Virginia Department of Aviation, found that the airport provided nearly 1,000 direct and indirect jobs, with an annual economic benefit to the area of about $250 million. The other showed that nine out of 10 people surveyed were satisfied with the airport's amenities. "We wanted to know what is the perception of the airport within the region," explained Sherry Wallace of the airport. WSLS-TV (Roanoke, Va.) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • NASA targets motion sickness cure
    Passengers grounded by motion sickness may soon have a more effective medication to treat that queasy feeling, thanks to a new potential cure from NASA that could bring more rapid relief. The space agency is working with a California company to deliver the medicine via nasal spray. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA members receive Spidertracks deals
    Take advantage of this limited time offer on all Spidertracks systems. Receive 20% off the S-3 or S-4 unit cost as well as two months free data services until December 31, 2012. Take a look at 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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