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October 22, 2012
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  • Small airport in Milwaukee is home to big dreams
    Maitland Field, a tiny airport in Milwaukee has long lived in the shadow of commercial operations at General Mitchell International Airport. From its namesake, Lester J. Maitland, who completed the first nonstop flight from North America to Hawaii, to Kohler Aviation's Loening C-2C Air Yachts flying across Lake Michigan, Maitland is home to a long history of big dreams. Milwaukee Magazine online (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Officials in Kan. explore opportunities for GA in China
    A memo of understanding was signed this week by Carl Brewer, mayor of Wichita, Kan., and Ma Yi, mayor of Zhengzhou in China, to mutually explore general aviation opportunities. The Chinese government wants to develop a general aviation zone in Zhengzhou in central China. "This is an important step in branding Wichita as the Air Capital of the World in China," said Brewer in a statement. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blog: The benefits of flying clubs
    Flying clubs are a great alternative to plane ownership, writes blogger Paul Bertorelli. True, member-owned flying clubs present an economy of scale, with costs divided among members. "If access is reasonable, you get 75 percent of the value of ownership for 10 percent of the cost," he says. AVweb/AVweb Insider blog (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  • Would you ever consider becoming a volunteer pilot?
    The AOPA Foundation's Air Safety Institute recently released a new online course: Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion.

    Check out poll results in Wednesday's eBrief. The results from the poll questions in Aviation eBrief do not necessarily represent the views of pilots, aircraft owners or AOPA members and therefore should not be used for research purposes.
Yes. And I like the fact that that this course is telling me how
No. It's a laudable effort, but just not for me
Maybe. It would depend on the mission and the time commitment

  Airport Focus 
  • Small airports in Maine are supported by large federal grants
    Belfast Municipal Airport in Maine relies heavily on federal grants for maintenance and upkeep, some $700,000 worth over the past five years. "An airport can be a revenue generator for the city," said Thomas Kittredge, Belfast's economic development director and airport manager. But Belfast is just one airport and Maine has 30 publically funded airports in the state, which together, have received more than $168 million in the past five years. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Real helicopters don't work like remote-controlled ones
    The Abilene Remote Control Society's Helis Over Abilene Chopper Madness event featured some 40 competitors, performing impressive stunts that they warn should not be tried at home. The helicopters on display are not the same as those for sale at your local mall; with a wing span of 10 feet, they can perform inverted stunts that defy belief. "We've had some pilots who have flown helicopters in Afghanistan," he said. "They say, 'You can't do that in a real helicopter. There were times I wished we could have,'" said Randy Teague, a member of local remote control groups and an employee of Air Evac, a helicopter ambulance service. Abilene Reporter-News (Texas) (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • Spaceport Colorado is called an ideal hub to support suborbital flights
    Supporters of Front Range Airport in Watkins, Colo., want the facility to be the home of Spaceport Colorado, saying it would be ideal. The general aviation airport signed a contract with Rocket Crafters Inc. to begin horizontal launch, dual-propulsion, suborbital flight operations. Rocket Crafters "intends to locate certain pilot astronaut and mission specialist training activities at the spaceport" upon approval of an Federal Aviation Administration license, this feature says. (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Airport manager and flight instructor retires from Ohio airport
    Tom Esper, airport manager and flight instructor at Fayette County Airport in Ohio, is retiring after 34 years. Esper has helped many people in his community toward getting their pilot's license. "I've been proud that two of my students who got their private license here went on to become U.S. Air Force pilots," he said. As airport manager, he's seen as a Jack of all trades, from overseeing takeoff and landing operations, to removing snow from the runway. Record-Herald (Washington Court House, Ohio) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • ACLU says use of UAVs could lead to mass surveillance
    The American Civil Liberties Union warns that a request by the Alameda County Sheriff's office in California for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in law enforcement could pose significant dangers of misuse. According to an ACLU blog post, the organization is concerned that "law enforcement does not use drones to engage in warrantless mass surveillance." The Huffington Post (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • AOPA members receive 15% on a one-year WingX for Android subscription
    WingX is the award-winning iPad, iPhone and Android app for phones and tablets. WingX for Android includes a comprehensive A/FD, AOPA Directory, Approach Charts, Airport Diagrams, SIDs and STARs, as well as route planning, weather and more. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Resources at risk: Flight, film and education inspire conservation action
    AOPA profiles the work being done by David S. Smith, founder and president of the conservation group CAVU, to help save wetlands in Central America. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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