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October 12, 2012
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  • Planes, dollars and a star descend on AOPA Aviation Summit
    AOPA's Aviation Summit, being held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in California, is bringing millions of dollars to the region. More than 10,000 guests are attending some 100 hours of seminars, and about 80 airplanes are parked on the streets outside the convention center. Actor and pilot Harrison Ford is among the attendees. KMIR-TV (Palm Desert, Calif.) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Piper's Meridian is on show at Ferrari's annual meeting in Calif.
    AOPA's Aviation Summit isn't the only event drawing aviation professionals to Palm Springs, Calif.: Piper aircraft executives are there to show off the Meridian at the Ferrari Club of America's annual meeting. The six-seater is a single-engine turboprop with a maximum speed of 260 KTAS and a price tag of around $2.1 million. "Ferrari drivers and Piper drivers share deep appreciation for exquisite design, superb quality and exhilarating performance, and we always have a great time together," said Drew McEwen, head of global sales and business development for Piper Aircraft. General Aviation News (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Owning an airport wasn't in the plan for Mass. man
    Cranland Airport in Hanson, Mass., is easy to miss with its gravel driveway and grassy meadow, this feature says, but on the third Sunday of the month from April to October dozens of planes descend on the single paved runway for the airport's monthly Fly-In Breakfast. "I never planned on owning an airport," said Peter ­Oakley, who purchased the five-acre airport in July 2011. "I went down there to find a place to put my plane and ending up buying the whole thing," said Oakley, who got his pilot's license in 2010. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Connected Pilot Now Available! Aspen Avionics' new Connected Pilot, the first in the Connected Panel product line, is now available via Aspen's authorized dealer network. Connected Panel technology connects your smart portable device with your Evolution MFD-equipped instrument panel. Click for more info:
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • Aspen Avionics receives $12.8M in new financing
    Albuquerque, N.M.-based Aspen Avionics says it has landed $12.8 million in new financing from several investment groups. "These new investment dollars will assure that we can continue our growth as a major player in our industry," said Aspen's president and CEO, John Uczekaj, in a news release. The company builds high-tech instruments for general aviation cockpits. American City Business Journals/Albuquerque, N.M. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • S.C. pilot has a really "cool" job
    Danny "Speedy" Kight of Anderson, S.C., knows how cool his job is, this feature says. He is a founding member of Team RV, a team of a dozen pilots who perform at airshows. Team RV has performed with Canada's Snowbirds and the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels. "It's so cool what we get to do," Kight said. "We race jet trucks, we fly to exotic places, and we get to spend time with our friends." Independent Mail (Anderson, S.C.) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Opposition to user fees gets vocal
    Opposition to the president's proposed $100 per flight user fee is growing locally and nationally. While petitions circulate on the Internet, officials at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport in Tennessee are expressing their concerns. Executive Director John Black believes the fee would affect the airport and the community it serves. "Our job is to make the airport grow and support the local community," said Black. "We don't want to see anything that will detract from that." WTVF-TV (Nashville, Tenn.) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Acting FAA chief calls for collaboration to continue NextGen progress
    The Federal Aviation Administration's acting administrator, Michael Huerta, emphasized the need for collaboration among government, industry, unions and others in a speech about the Next Generation Air Transportation System. "Collaboration is key to making NextGen a reality now," he said, saying that parts of NextGen are already in place at some airports around the country. Avionics Intelligence (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • Van's unveils factory-built RV-12
    Aurora, Ore., kit plane manufacturer Van's Aircraft is moving into the factory-built market, announcing it will produce an initial run of 12 special light sport RV-12s. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA chooses Beech Debonair as new sweeps aircraft
    A 1963 B33 Beech Debonair, revealed at this week's Aviation Summit, will be the next AOPA sweepstakes plane. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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