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October 17, 2012
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  • Pilots aim to bring aviation back to northwest Minn.
    Jim Hanson, pilot and manager of Albert Lea Municipal Airport in Minnesota, aims to bring aviation back to Minnesota's "Northwest Angle," a remote area of the state that is sandwiched between Canada and the well-known vacation spot Lake of the Woods. "If there were ever a place that needed an airport, this is it," said Hanson. Driving to "The Angle" is possible, but takes a significant amount of time and requires crossing through Canada. AOPA Online (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • AOPA looks to flight schools for new ideas
    AOPA's Flight Training Summit, which took place in conjunction with its annual Aviation Summit last week, brought together flight instructors and industry representatives. Participants met in focus groups to brainstorm ways to build relationships and community, create milestones and improve the student experience at flight schools. Flying magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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:
  • Are you a member of a flying club?
    No. I have no interest  36.82%
    No. But I'd like to join one  32.21%
    Yes. I find it to be a great benefit  30.97%
    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.
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  Airport Focus 
  • Ground is broken on new complex at N.D. airport
    It won't be completed before 2015, but the new Bowman County Airport complex should serve to alleviate some pressure on other Oil Patch airports in North Dakota. Ground was broken on the $12 million project that will replace the aging Bowman Municipal Airport. "I think this new facility could definitely take a load off some of the other airports in the area that are overloaded from all the Oil Patch activity," Bottom Line Aviation and airport manager Brent Kline said. Dickinson Press (N.D.) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Residents near Conn. airport speak about noise issue
    At a public hearing on Tuesday, neighbors of Tweed New Haven Regional Airport in Connecticut came out to speak about federal aid to reduce noise. Possible solutions include the relocation of general aviation maintenance operations, relocation of helipad operations, a noise barrier at the west and east airport boundaries, voluntary measures taken by pilots for noise reduction over sensitive areas and a voluntary curfew. New Haven Register (Conn.) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Immediate FAA OK is urged for NYC-to-Hamptons helicopter route
    The Federal Aviation Administration has received a request for the immediate approval of a mandatory helicopter route between New York and the Hamptons to reduce helicopter noise. In a letter to Michael P. Huerta, acting administrator of the FAA, 19 East End officials wrote, "We are united in our position that, despite significant efforts to mitigate helicopter noise, helicopter noise on the East End remains a major, unresolved 'quality of life' issue for our region, which also adversely impacts a regional economy dependent on tourism and the second-home industry." Shelter Island Reporter (N.Y.) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
How to Get a Life Insurance Policy with No Aviation Exclusions that Pay Back Your Premiums Guaranteed? There are return of premium term policies in the marketplace for pilots. In short, your premiums are returned in full should you outlive your term. Well, 95% of you do outlive your policies! Call (800) 59-PILOT(74568) or visit
  Avionics & Technology 
  • How UAVs could make it safer, easier to become a pilot
    Blogger Mary Grady explores how UAVs could make it safer, easier and quicker to become a pilot. From successful test flights at the University of North Dakota of a Cirrus SR22 equipped with sense-and-avoid software, to flight simulators making it easier to train pilots, flying has never been simpler, she says. "The time and effort required to become a safe pilot and maintain proficiency can be daunting, but as the technology advances, the investment-versus-reward calculation is quickly changing," Grady writes. Forbes/BusinessAviation blog (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Fla. teen still dreams of flying
    Florida teenager Phillip Harrington is pursuing his dream of becoming a pilot despite an accident last year that left him with severe burns on his face, arms and legs. After weeks in the hospital, he was back up in the air. "It's all I have ever wanted to do since I was 5 years old. I wanted to fly an airplane," Harrington said. Bay News 9 (Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • AOPA Plans Flying Club Network
    AOPA will create a national network of flying clubs under the new Center to Advance the Pilot Community as part of a long-term initiative to facilitate flying club growth. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Big C: Medical certification of prostate or breast cancer
    Dr. Warren Silberman, the former manager of FAA Aerospace Medical Certification, offers insight into how the FAA views the particular treatments for prostate and breast cancer, and what you can expect when you present medical records to the agency. This is an area where having AOPA's Pilot Protection Services watching your back is hugely helpful. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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