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February 19, 2013
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  • Vintage LSAs offer tactile flying experience at lower cost
    Vintage aircraft that meet the requirements of the light sport aircraft sector offer a tactile flying experience and are often less expensive to buy and maintain than modern airplanes. But before purchasing a vintage aircraft to fly as a sport pilot, be sure to check its logbooks to confirm that it complies with LSA rules. General Aviation News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Gray-market charters are a risky business
    When an aircraft owner or operator takes money to fly clients without the legal right to do so, it is called a gray-market charter flight. Blogger W. Patrick Gordon writes that these flights can be risky business. "These scam artists can use pilots who may not be licensed properly and airplanes that may not be maintained to meet the minimum safety regulations," he writes. It can also be a risk to the pilot, because using an airplane for an illegal charter could risk lending and insurance covenants. AIN Online (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
AOPA's Strategic Partners help to promote, protect, and defend general aviation: We thank them for their program support, as well as the special offers that benefit our members all year around. Learn more about AOPA's Corporate Partnership program. Enterprise rent-a-car | National Car Rental | Alamo | Aircraft Spruce | Pilot Shop | Aero-Space Reports
  Avionics & Technology 
  • GPS advocates form alliance to further innovation
    A group of advocates for Global Positioning System technology have formed the GPS Innovation Alliance, aiming to push innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Alliance members come from a diverse field of interest including aviation, construction and outdoor recreation. General Aviation News (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio looks to UAVs for jobs of the future
    Ohio is partnering with Indiana to apply to the Federal Aviation Administration to serve as one of six test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles. "If you're building unmanned vehicles, that's the vehicle of the future," said Ohio Gov. John Kasich. "No question about it, it could bring a lot of jobs to Ohio." Bloomberg Businessweek (2/18), AOPA Online (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
WingX Pro7 adds Track Up – now on iPad Mini!  Rotate the sectionals the way you want them.  The World's #1 Top Grossing Navigation iPad app now has Track Up!  WingX Pro7 rotates all airport, VOR, and fix identifiers right-way up for easy reading - it's so good that you'll forget your looking at a rotated sectional!
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Pilot is dedicated to restoring rare vintage airmail plane
    Pilot Harry Hansen acquired a Travel Air 5000 in desperate need of repair in 1961. It is an iconic airmail plane of which only 14 were ever produced. Hansen has been working over the past 15 years to restore the airplane and is set to auction it off later this year, though plenty of work still remains. "As you get older, you don't get to do everything you want to do when you are younger," said Hansen, now 79 years old. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/The Associated Press (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Training News 
  • The importance of motion in flight sim training
    Studies and research have suggested that motion might not be as important in flight simulator training as previously thought, and in some cases, may not matter at all. Experts learning fixed-wing maneuvers may not see any benefit, though motion could aid beginners learning tasks with external disturbances. AVweb (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Select the right aircraft for your flying club
    What should you consider when choosing an aircraft for your flying club? Adam Smith, senior vice president of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community, and other flying club experts explain. Register now for this webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m., EST. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EA+ helpful even when disaster doesn't strike
    Utilize the expertise of the EA+ assistance coordinators for news updates about your destination or to find lost luggage. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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