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February 18, 2013
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  • Wis. airport hosts 14th annual ski plane fly-in
    Fresh snow and blue skies welcomed pilots to the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 992's 14th annual ski plane fly-in and chili feed hosted by Marshfield Municipal Airport in Wisconsin. "Ski planes really open up the world to pilots," said chapter Vice President Dwayne Parkinson. "In northern Wisconsin, there are 15,000 lakes. That's 15,000 runways land on, and every field becomes a runway." Marshfield News-Herald (Wis.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Cirrus unveils Generation 5 aircraft
    Cirrus Aircraft recently unveiled the next generation of its SR22 and SR22T models. The Generation 5 airplanes come with a number of improvements, most notably a 200-pound increase in load carrying capability. The new models evolved from customer requests for more comfortable seat belts and requests for seats that could recline and fold down. General Aviation News (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cirrus is optimistic for 2013: Cirrus Aircraft continued to lead the single-engine piston market in 2012, though deliveries remained flat. Fourth quarter deliveries were the strongest in four years, and the company is optimistic for 2013. "The reason we are enthusiastic for 2013, we are bringing something new to the market, and the market is reacting very favorably," said Todd Simmons, Cirrus' executive vice president of sales and marketing. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The General Aviation Manufacturers Association recently released its annual report on shipments of new general aviation aircraft, calling the news for 2012 "mixed." What do you think are the prospects for GA aircraft deliveries in 2013?
    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.
Deliveries will rise
Deliveries will drop
Deliveries will remain the same

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  Airport Focus 
  • Competitor tries to block deal to bring Google to San Jose airport
    Atlantic Aviation said its proposal to put vacant land at Mineta San Jose International Airport to the best use would bring the city an additional $10 million on the first day of the contract. "Unfortunately, the airport has chosen more buildings over long-term financial strength," said Atlantic CEO Louis T. Pepper. According to city attorney Rick Doyle, Atlantic has met the deadline to appeal the decision. Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Moyer Aviation returns to Pocono Mountains Airport
    Pennsylvania-based Moyer Aviation offers charter flights and other general aviation services. The company is set to move operations by May 1 back to Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport in Monroe County from Braden Airpark in Forks Township. Braden Airpark is owned by the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority and could be sold to generate money for the company. Lehigh Valley Business (Bethlehem, Pa.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • FAA is seeking proposals for UAV test sites
    The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking proposals from states and other organizations for six unmanned aerial vehicle test sites in an effort to integrate UAVs into U.S. airspace. "This research will give us valuable information about how best to ensure the safe introduction of this advanced technology into our nation's skies," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. ABC News/The Associated Press/The Note blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator finds calm in flying
    During the National Football League lockout two years ago, Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton spent his time pursuing his goal of getting his pilot's license. "It's just you, you're in the air and defying the laws of gravity. It’s the most calming thing I've ever done and it’s probably my biggest accomplishment," Horton said. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Across general aviation, "sequester" impacts loom
    With a March deadline fast approaching for once-unthinkable automatic federal budget cuts under sequestration, AOPA and the GA community are sizing up the possible impact. Could 2,000 controllers lose their jobs? Would more than 200 airports lose their tower? And could it be the end of airshows? AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Member discount from DuraCharts
    AOPA members receive 15% off sectional aeronautical charts from DuraCharts. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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