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December 12, 2012
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  • Alaska pilots are needed for weather research
    A joint research project between the University of North Dakota and the University of Alaska Anchorage aims to discover the best ways to access and use weather data while flying in Alaska. General aviation pilots are encouraged to volunteer to be interviewed for the project, which is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • GAMA, MEBAA team up to promote bizav in Mideast, North Africa
    General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Middle East Business Aviation Association announced a joint effort to develop and promote business aviation in the Middle East and North Africa. The effort aims to change the regulatory environment in the region by encouraging civil aviation authorities to adopt a set of common practices the two organizations plan to develop. AIN Online (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Replica Curtiss Pusher flies in Fla.
    Central Florida's Fantasy of Flight is the new home to a replica Curtiss Pusher, an airplane designed in the earliest days of flight. While the plane does have a few safety modifications, it is otherwise a faithful reproduction of the original aircraft and flying it is not without its challenges. General Aviation News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • GA flights soar at N.Y. airport
    General aviation flights at MacArthur Airport on New York's Long Island are on the rise. Over the first nine months of the year, the airport saw a 33% rise in flights made by locally-based private planes, compared with the same period last year. Flights made by planes based elsewhere rose 15.5% over the same period. Deputy airport commissioner Terry Hennessey said the increase in flights is "probably the healthiest we've seen in a number of years, probably going back to 2008 or so." Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (subscription required) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • AgustaWestland considers building AW609 in U.S.
    According to an AgustaWestland executive, the company is considering building production models of the AW609 civil tiltrotor in the U.S. Initially, the aircraft would be assembled partially in Italy and the U.S., but a decision on where final assembly would be conducted will be "driven by the customer base." AgustaWestland expects about 35% of its customers will be in the U.S. AIN Online (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • UAVs are loaned to local police by Homeland Security
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has loaned Predators, multimillion-dollar unmanned aerial vehicles, to local law enforcement for use against civilians on several occasions. Questions have been raised inside and outside government about whether federal officials are creating an unofficial program without formal rules of engagement. "The public needs to know more about how and why these Predator drones are being used to watch U.S. citizens," said Jennifer Lynch, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.)/Washington Guardian (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Space pilot had a love of flight since childhood
    As a child, Dave Mackay had a love of space and flight. Now as the chief pilot for Virgin Galactic, he could become the first pilot to fly commercial airline flights outside of Earth's atmosphere. Mackay compares flying into space to Charles Lindbergh's first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. "That was a demonstration of what was possible," he said. BBC (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
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  • Six Things you can do to Speed Up your Medical
    Most of the world is pretty much on board with electronic communications, and email is now a very convenient way to transmit medical records ... unless it is going to the FAA's Aerospace Medical Certification Division in Oklahoma City! They are working toward that goal but are not there yet. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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