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February 15, 2013
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  • GAMA: EU emissions trade scheme disenfranchises bizav
    Business aviation advocates are closely monitoring developments regarding the EU Emissions Trading Scheme at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal. The European Commission agreed to suspend implementation of the carbon tax for international flights in and out of the EU, but if the 2013 ICAO Assembly can't reach a global alternative, the EU plans to put ETS into effect. AIN Online (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Myth busting: Why some think GA is unsafe
    Blogger Dan Pimentel looks at the reasons that make some people think general aviation is unsafe. He presents the results from his recent survey and discusses ways that licensed pilots and owners might be able to dispel some concerns about GA safety. Airplanista blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Northwest Aviation Conference expands forums
    An extra day at this month's Northwest Aviation Conference in Washington state was added for business and career forums. "Hosting this added day is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to young people and also provide resources to those already in the industry who need a boost to get to the next level," said Jamelle Garcia, executive director of the Washington Aviation Association. General Aviation News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • With defense spending down, Bell gets a face-lift
    Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison is looking to expand the company's commercial business, with more defense spending cuts on the horizon. "Bell isn't going to be just a military company," he said. "We're going to grow our commercial business. If you think about the history of Bell, it has always had a balanced portfolio. It's really going back to the heritage of the company." D Magazine (Dallas) (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New helicopter tourism business is set to take off in Ala.
    Vision Helicopters LLC received a six-month temporary license to operate a helicopter tourism and training company based out of Jack Edwards National Airport in Alabama. "We're excited about it. I think it's something that we don't have down here. We have scenic flights but not with a helicopter and we get a lot of calls for that," said Airport Manager Jerri Thompson. (Alabama) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Garmin launches all-digital radar altimeter
    The GRA 5500 from Garmin is a new all-digital radar altimeter that utilizes digital signal processing technology. It is set to be included in the latest versions several Cessna aircraft as well as Bell Helicopter's 525 Relentless. Its retail price, without antenna, is $13,995. AIN Online (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
The evolution of myWingMan continues. Support for forward Synthetic Vision when paired with an Attitude & Heading sensor; Flight planning with SID/STARS & Victor/Juliet airways-improvements to myWingMan. Continuing to build success-putting enhanced information right where it belongs. Download at the app store for your free, 60-day trial.
  AOPA News 
  • Fly Off: Vans RV-7 vs. Mustang II
    AOPA Pilot editors put the Vans RV-7 and Mustang II head to head. Which performed better in climbs, stalls, and speed performance? And which would you want to fly? Decide for yourself in this Fly Off on AOPA Live This Week. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gift card from Aircraft Spruce
    Get a $10 off gift card from Aircraft Spruce! Check out 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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