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October 11, 2012
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  • Making the cost of flying more manageable
    Manufacturers, airplane owners and the Federal Aviation Administration are working together to reduce the cost of general aviation. AOPA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association jointly hosted a webinar recently to update all on the work the FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee has been doing. The rules and regulations of Part 23 have been held responsible by many for the soaring costs of general aviation. The invitation to the webinar said, "In order to counter the stable and negative trends in light general aviation, the ARC plans to make some ground-shifting recommendations which will require the knowledge and participation of the entire aviation community to become successful." General Aviation News/Capital Comments blog (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Wichita, Kan., mayor leads group to meet with China's Superior Aviation
    Wichita, Kan., Mayor Carl Brewer will lead a delegation of city, state, and business leaders on a five-city development trip to China next week. One of the highlights will be a meeting with Superior Aviation Beijing, the potential buyer of Hawker Beechcraft. "It's important for us, for the lives of 4,000-some employee ... that we're paying attention and know what's going on," Brewer said. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • W.Va. airport will open new transportation park
    Mingo County Airport Authority in Williamson, W.Va., will hold a grand opening Friday of the newly constructed Mingo County Air Transportation Park. "The Mingo County Airport Authority's commitment to safety is first and foremost, and the opening of the new Air Transportation Park will greatly facilitate our commitment to the general aviation community, as well as opportunities for economic diversification," said Leasha Johnson of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority. Williamson Daily News (W.Va.) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
NEW! Bad Elf GPS Pro. First external GPS Bluetooth receiver for the iPad or iPhone that can connect to up to five devices at the same time. A WAAS GPS signal can be sent from one GPS Pro to your iPad, your iPhone as a backup, to the co-pilot's iPad or to passengers. Backlit LCD screen gives you important information at a glance. Data logging function records the last 100 hours of flight for later viewing on a map. Available exclusively at
  Helicopter News 
  • Pall, Carson to partner on engine upgrade of Sikorsky Sea King
    A new partnership between Pall Corp. and Carson Helicopters Inc. will upgrade the design of the Centrisep engine advanced protection system for Sikorsky Sea King/S-61 helicopters. Efforts will go toward reducing weight and improving performance and operating efficiency over the existing S-61 EAPS system. "The newest enhancement of the Pall Centrisep EAPS will be especially valuable to those aircraft currently in service without engine protection systems," said Vince Northfield, president, Pall Aerospace. Wire/The Motley Fool (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Avionics & Technology 
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Austrian daredevil: "I love a challenge"
    Austrian helicopter and would-be space-diver Felix Baumgartner hopes to break at three records with the highest and fastest freefall jump ever. If he is successful, he will also be the first human to break the speed barrier without an aircraft. "I love a challenge, and trying to become the first person to break the speed of sound in freefall is a challenge like no other," said Baumgartner. Yahoo (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training News 
  • FAA renews partnership with education groups
    The Federal Aviation Administration has renewed partnerships with aviation entrepreneur and educator Jamail Larkins and Build A Plane, a nonprofit that helps students build and restore airplanes. These partnerships are intended to "inspire students across the nation to explore the many opportunities that aviation and aerospace careers offer," said Michael Huerta, acting FAA administrator. AVweb (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • EU is preparing to enforce unified air space
    European Union Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas is expected to give a speech today warning of legal action his department will take against member countries that are not compliant with the EU's Single European Sky program. The program was adopted by the EU and its members in recent years to create a more efficient air traffic management system, but not all air traffic management agencies have made the required changes. The Wall Street Journal (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • AOPA members receive discounts from Alamo
    Save up to 25% on your next rental with Alamo! Don't miss out on 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
  • Flight Training magazine honors top flight schools, CFIS
    Some of the top aviation training professionals in the industry were honored Oct. 10 during the AOPA Flight Training Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., at the inaugural Flight Training Excellence Awards. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA's Smith: 'Look to the future with confidence'
    Despite bad news that could leave aviators depressed and pessimistic about the future of general aviation, Adam Smith, AOPA Senior Vice President of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community, encouraged attendees at the third annual Flight Training Summit to be positive and optimistic when speaking about aviation and encourage growth in the industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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