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January 10, 2013
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Which Life Insurance Companies are friendly to Pilots? - Just a handful and they change often. Most agents don't understand aviation life insurance underwriting and often quote incorrectly for aviation coverage. As pilots, we know Aviation Life Insurance and will provide you a fast and accurate quote. Contact at (800) 380-8376 or visit
  Aviation Update 
  • Guest Richard Aboulafia discusses airplane efficiency
    The Airplane Geeks Podcast talks to guest Richard Aboulafia of Teal Group about aircraft efficiency and aviation developments coming in 2013. Also on the show: the Aeronca 7AC Champion, behind the scenes at Southampton Airport in the U.K., Gulfstream's new supersonic aircraft and more. Airplane Geeks Podcast (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Austro tests new rotary engine
    Austro Engines has completed a bench test of its new AE80R, a dual FADEC-controlled rotary engine. The company aims to keep the engine to 60 pounds, with a power output of 80hp, designed for light sport and ultralight aircraft. AVweb (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Picture your plane with Aspen glass. Versatile and flexible, the Evolution Flight Display system is the industry's best value in EFIS technology. See how our customers enjoy features like single button push reversion mode for backup PFD, 30-minute backup battery, and pilot-configurable screen layouts at
  Airport Focus 
  • Wyo. city considers new GA airport
    The City Council in Green River, Wyo., voted in favor of forming a task force to study the possibility of converting the Green River Intergalactic Spaceport to a general aviation airport and bringing it under city operation. It is currently used primarily for mosquito-control flight and has a 5,500-foot dirt runway that could accommodate small airplanes. Green River Star (Wyo.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
BEND UP A RENTAL PLANE AND YOU COULD GO BROKE. Most pilots are shocked to learn their FBO's insurance doesn't cover them. Damage a rental, you'll likely still pay for repairs. Worse, you could be sued if you injure someone. Avemco Non-Owned Insurance protects you from these financial catastrophes. Get your no-obligation quote.
  Helicopter News 
  • Evolution of Mich. helicopter business
    Nick McMahon's father founded Canton Township, Mich.-based McMahon Helicopters in 1980; the company has primarily served as an emergency-parts shipper for the automobile industry. McMahon now serves as operations director, and has been taking the family business down a different path, doing aerial camerawork for Hollywood and the music industry. Observer & Eccentric Newspapers (Livonia, Mich.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • UAVs serve a variety of commercial, recreational purposes
    The use of unmanned aerial vehicles could expand beyond the military market, experts say. UAV's have the potential to serve a variety of commercial and recreational markets, from journalism to teenagers looking for an enhanced video game experience. The Federal Aviation Administration has said that UAV's flying below 400ft are subject to the same laws as model airplanes. CNNMoney (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Flight instructor made his mark on history
    Lon Cooper spent World War II as a civilian flight instructor training pilots for the U.S. Army in Lakeland, Fla. Cooper never made it overseas himself, and his students had all the glory of flying fighters in Europe, but his contribution to their training was significant. General Aviation News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Training News 
  • Private pilot perspective on 1,500 hour requirement
    As a recent student pilot, blogger Ted Seastrom offers the private pilot student's perspective on the proposed first officer 1,500 hour requirement for commercial pilots. "Why is it okay for beginners to teach beginners? Why isn't the role of CFI limited to the most seasoned and skillful, to dedicated instructors?" asks Seastrom. AVweb (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • AOPA job of the day: Director of outreach and events
    The director of outreach and events is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of organizational events that meet the programmatic and quality goals of AOPA. The director leads a department responsible for AOPA's annual convention, AOPA Aviation Summit, a cornerstone event which attracts around 10,000 attendees each year. The outreach team also organizes and executes AOPA's participation in other events such as air shows and pilot town halls, and provides support for internal events like all-hands gatherings and trustee meetings. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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