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December 17, 2012
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Which Life Insurance Companies are friendly to Pilots? - Just a handful and they change often. Pilots are often quoted incorrectly for aviation coverage. At Pilot Insurance Center we know Aviation Life Insurance and can find you complete coverage including all your aviation activities. Call (800) 380-8376 or visit
  Aviation Update 
  • Consortium of industry groups, businesses call for GAO to study pilot shortage
    A consortium of top industry groups and businesses are calling for study by the Government Accountability Office about the possible upcoming pilot shortage. "It is hoped that such a study will shed some light on this potentially devastating issue that can be considered by congressional leaders to better understand the extent of the problem as well as the potential ramifications to the industry, service to cities and jobs," states the request, directed at the House Subcommittee on Aviation. AVweb (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Patients in need are flown by angels
    Angel Flight organizes volunteer pilots across the country who provide air transport to patients in need of medical treatment not available locally. The pilots pay all costs for the flights themselves. "It's a win-win. Pilots like to fly and patients need a ride," said Randy Richison of Norman, Okla. "To me, it's meaningful. My mission, my purpose, is helping someone directly." The Norman Transcript (Okla.) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Catch (more) Instant Savings This Fall! Instant price reductions on featured Evolution Displays and Add-Ons now through December 31, 2012. Combined savings on Evolution Pro PFD + Avidyne DFC90 digital autopilot, Connected Pilot + Evolution MFD combos, Evolution Synthetic Vision, and more! Click for full program details:
  • What are some things you do to lower flight training costs?
    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.
Join a flying club
Volunteer/work at a flight school in exchange for training discount
Apply for scholarships
Work on a sport pilot certificate

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  Airport Focus 
  • Compromise is required between GA and non-flying public
    As complaints made by the non-flying public about noise and other issues urban general aviation airports in Colorado generate, compromise will need to be found. Aircraft owners and pilots make substantial investments in their equipment and have reasonable expectations to use it, but must also be open to adjusting flight patterns so as not to disrupt airport neighbors. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
If you want to stay in your Comfort Zone, but while cruising at 31,000 feet and with an approach speed slow enough to land on most runways, the TBM 850 is for you.  Nearly as quick as a light jet ... but priced at a fraction of the cost.  The TBM 850 carries six adults, and flies over 1,400 nm with NBAA IFR reserves.  Contact your nearest distributor:
  Helicopter News 
  Avionics & Technology 
  • AIAA to examine civilian applications of UAVs
    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will hold a symposium in March to bring together policymakers, designers, manufacturers and consumers to discuss civilian applications of unmanned aerial vehicles. Included in the discussion will be the role of UAVs in wildfire detection and management, event security, disaster relief and remote aerial mapping, among other issues. Fort Mill Times (S.C.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Young pilot combines love of flying, teaching
    After graduating from high school in 2011, 20-year-old David Myers of Van Wert, Ohio, decided to combine an interest in teaching with his love of flying by becoming a flight instructor. "I wanted to do something adventurous that not many people can say they have accomplished," said Meyers. "It is not something I always knew I wanted to do with my life, but I have always had an interest in flying." Times Bulletin (Van Wert, Ohio) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Download NBAA's State Aviation Tax White Paper. With specific regulations for each state, ensuring awareness and compliance with all the laws can be a daunting task. That's why NBAA assembled a comprehensive State Aviation Tax Report.
  Policy Watch 
  • Judge allows Hawker Beechcraft to rebid for Air Force contract
    After Hawker Beechcraft questioned an Air Force contract awarded to Sierra Nevada Corp., a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ruled it was "rational and reasonable" for the Air Force to ask the two parties to resubmit their proposals. The ruling states that the court "finds that ample evidence was before the Air Force to support its concern that the procurement was likely tainted by bias." The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Fly in New Zealand! Stunningly beautiful, friendly and affordable New Zealand is a pilot's dream destination… and best of all its summer! Experience it for yourself. For flight training, self-fly vacation or luxury private charter services in New Zealand go to
  AOPA News 
  • Alamo offers rental car discount
    Save up to 25% on your next rental with Alamo! Don't miss out on all of the discounts and special offers from leading aviation and non-aviation companies available through the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts Program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA job of the day: Web graphic designer, eMedia
    The designer must be experienced in end-to-end web design from wireframes to mockups and final implementation using HTML, CSS and Javascript. The designer will also have opportunities to work on editorial info-graphics, microsites and online tools such as our flight planner and other online applications. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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