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October 3, 2012
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  • SAFE debuts Pilot Proficiency Project
    At AirVenture 2012, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators flight instructors volunteered their time for the inaugural Pilot Proficiency Project. The demonstration project was a cooperative effort with the Redbird Flight Simulations and the Experimental Aircraft Association conceived by SAFE in 2010. General Aviation News (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • 300 new GA aircraft for China's training market
    Two separate deals announced last week in China will bring 200 Liberty Aerospace XL2 trainers, plus 100 small helicopters from an unnamed manufacturer, to Wuhan, China. Florida-based Liberty has delivered only 132 XL2 two-seaters since the model went on sale in 2005; the deal with China would be a significant boost for the company. Flying magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Take a step back, blogger suggests
    Blogger Jamie Beckett says that when it comes to general aviation, taking a step back is a good thing. "No matter what you're working on, or how important you perceive it to be, there is a point of diminishing returns if you push too hard. You're only human after all. If you don't periodically stand back, take a break, and revive yourself through a vacation, a cooling off period, or just a diversion to other things, your work will suffer," writes Beckett. General Aviation News/Politics for Pilots blog (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA Summit to focus on pilot proficiency
    Pilot proficiency will be a focus during the upcoming AOPA Summit, Oct. 11 to 13, in Palm Springs, Calif. Several opportunities will be on offer for pilots to touch up their skills including an instrument proficiency forum, organized by the IMC Club and flight instructors from SAFE presenting their new Pilot Proficiency Project. "We intend to be present with this 'Open Chapter' format at most general aviation events nationwide, to allow pilots who don't have chapters in their communities yet to sample what the IMC Club is all about," said IMC Club President Radek Wyrzykowski. AVweb (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Poll question: How are your IFR flying skills?
    Flying IFR is a dynamic undertaking--and not just because of the weather. Find out how to keep your knowledge and skills up to date. AOPA Online.
    I am current and proficient  28.98%
    I'm not current  25.25%
    I intend to stay VFR  17.93%
    I don't have my instrument rating but plan to earn it  16.11%
    I am current but don't feel proficient  11.73%
    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.
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  Airport Focus 
  • Martin County, Minn., contributes funds to airport upgrade project
    The Federal Aviation Administration will cover most of the $4.8 million project to upgrade the airport in Fairmont, Minn., but reauthorization of federal funding raised the city's contribution from 5% to 10%. City officials approached county commissioners for help. "We have 17 businesses that have planes at the airport, plus we have several major businesses that use this airport," said City Administrator Mike Humpal. "The airport is not only an asset to Fairmont, but to all of Martin County." The Sentinel (Fairmont, Minn.) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Helicopter News 
  • Car lifted out of Rogue River in Ore. by helicopter
    A 2010 Subaru Outback that had spent approximately 19 months in the Rogue River in Oregon was finally retrieved by a Sikorsky helicopter Tuesday morning. Officials said that while the lift took about 10 minutes, planning it took months. "This was not a standard, everyday kind of thing," said Brian Beattie, operations director at Croman Corp., which owns the helicopter. Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Learjet cockpit now equipped with Garmin G5000
    The Garmin G5000 is now a key feature of the Learjet 70 and 75. The first Part 25 avionics suite from Garmin, branded as the Vision cockpit, is the first system with touch-screen control. The system features three WXGA, 14-inch, LED-backlit displays. Details in chrome and leather give a professional touch to levers and flight controls, this feature says. AIN Online (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gulfstream earns certifications on G280, G650
    Gulfstream Aerospace earned full certifications on two of its aircraft in September. The G280, a super-midsize aircraft, and the G650, a wide-cabin, ultra-long-range jet, obtained full approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. The G280, a joint effort between Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries, was also fully certified by Israel's Civil Aviation Authority. AIN Online (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Bailout was boon for Calif. private jet charter
    When the stock market crashed in 2008, a Coachella Valley, Calif., private jet charter soared. Desert Jet continues to expand, having recently added a fifth plane to its fleet, with eight pilots to fly them. "Almost overnight, owners of Fortune 500 companies put their planes on the market, and the value of private jets plummeted. But people still needed to travel privately. They can charter [flights] so no one knows," explains Desert Jet's founder Denise Wilson. Palm Springs Life (Calif.) (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Fly with confidence with Metal Check test kits
    Catch wear before it becomes critical and costly. Know your engine's condition, and now faster than ever with Avlab's new faster, trackable Metal Check test kits. AOPA Members enjoy nearly 20% off new pre-paid test kits, priced at only $16.95! Pre-paid FedEx Shipping Solution included! AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts Program LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 reasons you can't miss Summit
    With Palm Springs, Calif., sporting a $200 million facelift for this year's AOPA Aviation Summit, the association is upping the ante. This event is one no pilot will want to miss. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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