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October 9, 2012
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  • Is the sky the limit for fuel prices?
    As fuel prices rise around the country -- avgas is averaging more than $6 per gallon -- it's not surprising that Jet-A and mogas are getting more attention. Blogger Kent Misegades discusses short-term and long-term alternatives to take the pinch out of pilots' pockets. General Aviation News/GAfuels blog (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Wichita, Kan., mayor, former Cessna CEO defend business jets
    The former CEO of Cessna Aircraft and the mayor of Wichita, Kan., are coming to the defense of the business-jet industry in light of comments made by President Barack Obama during his debate last week with Mitt Romney. Obama criticized tax breaks available to business-jet owners. After the president's comments, Jack Pelton, former CEO of Cessna, wrote an e-mail to Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer asking him to tell other Democratic Party members about the benefits of business jets. The business-jet industry is a major employer in Wichita. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blog: What American Airlines' pilots should have done
    Blogger Robert Mark discusses the dispute between American Airlines and its pilots, and how he thinks it could have been handled. "Pilots, just like flight attendants, mechanics, ramp and customer service people aren't what’s getting in the way of success, well at least not all the time," writes Mark. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Miss. airport is recognized by FAA
    Tupelo Regional Airport in Mississippi is to receive the Airport Safety Mark of Distinction Award for its work with wildlife hazard management and runway safety. The award was created by the Federal Aviation Administration to advance safety among FAA Southern Region certified airports. WTVA-TV (Tupelo, Miss.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Longmont, Colo., airport hosts challenge between "supercar," jet
    Vance Brand Municipal Airport in Longmont, Colo., hosted a race between a Lexus LFA "supercar" and an Eclipse jet. The car won. The race was the result of a $5,000 bet between charter Eclipse pilot Marc Arnold and Lexus dealer Kent Stevinson. "It was really close," said race driver Scott Pruett. "If it had been a longer runway. ..." The money wagered in the bet will be donated to charity. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Sikorsky helicopters are bound for the North Sea
    Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft delivered the first 16 new S-92 helicopters to Bond Aerospace, a U.K.-based company that will use them to transport employees to offshore oil rigs in the North Sea. In a press release, Ed Beyer, vice president of Sikorsky Global Helicopters said, "The S-92 is enjoying a healthy backlog well into 2016, as operators of offshore oil operations continue to rely on its proven platform. "The aircraft also is seeing significant opportunities in the search and rescue and utility missions." Connecticut Post (Fairfield County-Bridgeport) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Avionics & Technology 
  • Upgrades for Cessna 208 Caravan XP42A unveiled by Blackhawk
    The new XP42A Upgrade Package for Cessna 208 Caravans is in the final stages of testing to earn a Supplemental Type Certificate. Blackhawk Modifications will be accepting pre-certification orders and offering special pricing packages at the National Business Aviation Association conference Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 in Florida. General Aviation News (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • N.C. man plans to fly home-designed ultralight to Bahamas
    When construction of Norman Lewis' ultralight aircraft that he designed himself is finished, he plans to fly it 600 miles to the Bahamas. The plane is so light that Lewis, of Southport, N.C., doesn't even need a pilot's license to fly it. "My ultimate goal is to prove that an ultralight can be used for more than just flying around on Sunday," Lewis said. "You can actually take this mama jama right here and leave the country with it for the same price you can buy a [personal watercraft]." Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Training News 
  • November training event will be hosted by Okla. CAP squadron
    An annual training event will be hosted by the Altus, Okla., Civil Air Patrol squadron Nov. 10 and 11. "This is a big event! It is just one of several training events the Oklahoma Wing provides for its members. This is especially important because it's just for aircrew members and each pilot will be afforded the opportunity to fly with a CAP instructor pilot," said Civil Air Patrol Maj. Douglas Winters, commander of the Altus CAP Squadron. "One just doesn't get that kind of specialized and personal training and attention during a full-blown search and rescue exercise," Winters said. "It makes our pilots just that much better." Altus Times (Okla.) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • Watch the Parade of Planes Live!
    The AOPA Aviation Summit's Parade of Planes is Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time. Can't make it to Palm Springs? It will be live-streamed, with commentary by AOPA CEO Craig Fuller and AOPA Pilot Editor Tom Haines. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Changes at Tenn.'s Bolivar Airport
    The airport boasts several modifications. Memphis Daily News LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • No risk when you enroll in Emergency Assistance Plus
    Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+) is a service intended to fill the gap when accidents, illness or other problems arise away from home for expenditures that health insurance doesn't cover. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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