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November 26, 2012
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  • Alaska pilot delivers breakfast to escaped horses
    When a herd of horses bolted from a moose camp and into the Alaskan wilderness, Super Cub pilot Matt Keller flew a wrangler -- and a coffee can of grain for the horses -- to the gravel bar where the horses had stopped. "I had to fly short final in a low turn over the river [between] spruce trees that were only 5 feet off my wing," writes Keller, who had just 230 feet to land the aircraft. (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Mich. pilots are needed to help spread good cheer
    Michigan Inc.'s Child and Family Services division needs more volunteer pilots to participate in Operation Good Cheer, a holiday initiative where pilots deliver gifts to foster care children throughout the state. "Being a part of the airlift is a great way to introduce [Michigan] communities ... to general aviation and to help those in need," said Bryan Budds, AOPA's Great Lakes regional manager. Budds will participate in the program for the first time this year. AOPA Online (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Giving thanks for aviation mentors
    Thanksgiving is a time for Scott Spangler to remember everyone in aviation who fostered his love of flying -- including his father -- and in this blog post he urges readers to do the same. "The numbers in my logbook are inconsequential to the scores of aviators and enthusiasts who have taken the time to inspire ... to mentor, and to share the educational moments of their lives and, in the process, to change the course of my life," Spangler writes. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The best way to get people into aviation? Flying clubs
    Robert Goyer, editor in chief of Flying magazine, thinks flying clubs are crucial for getting more people interested in aviation and praises AOPA's initiatives to expand them. "A good flying club ... gives a pilot everything that he or she needs and it does so very cost effectively," Goyer explains. Clubs give their members "quality instruction, decent airplanes that are available and affordable, easy scheduling and a sense of community." Flying online/Going Direct blog (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  • How did you get to/from your Thanksgiving holiday?
    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.
I flew on a private plane
I flew commercial
I stayed home

  Airport Focus 
  • Va. runway extension opens after 12-year construction
    The newly opened runway extension at Manassas Regional Airport, Virginia's largest municipal airport, took more than 12 years of planning. The extension adds 500 feet to the runway, bringing its total length to 6,200 feet. The extension will lower aircraft noise for nearby residents and features safety improvements. (Dumfries, Va.) (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Fla. county commissioners rein in helicopter tours
    Timberview Helicopters was accustomed to operating its sightseeing tours out of Destin harbor in Florida, much to the dismay of neighbors who complained of the noise. In a Nov. 20 vote, county commissioners unanimously passed amendments to the land development code limiting the helicopter company -- along with other sightseeing operations such as gliders and hot air balloons -- to operating within the airport zoning district. The Destin Log (Fla.) (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Solar 2-seater pioneer seeks support
    Eric Raymond says his Sunseeker Duo will be "the highest performing solar airplane ever built and the first to carry passengers." The solar flight entrepreneur is trying to garner public support for the project, along with special advantages for donors -- including rides in the finished model after it's tested. AVweb (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Police helicopter pilot releases memoir
    Sheriff's Sgt. and blogger Darryl Kimball has released his first book, "Catch the Sky: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Police Helicopter Pilot," which details his life as a pilot on the police force. Kimball hopes to inspire young readers to success. "It's really common for a lot of people to sell themselves short," he said. "Attitude has far more to do with it than anything." North County Times (Temecula, Calif.) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ala. pilot is honored with maintenance award
    The Federal Aviation Administration named pilot Ken Gilliland of B&G Flying Service in Clanton, Ala., Aviation Maintenance Technician of the year for Alabama and Northwest Florida. Gilliland, who has been flying for almost 40 years, said he was amazed that he was nominated and shocked that he won. "I am just very honored and it is nice to be selected because it makes me feel like someone noticed the work that I have done," he said. The Clanton Advertiser (Ala.) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • National Car Rental offers free enrollment in Emerald Club
    AOPA members can take advantage of complimentary enrollment in National's award-winning Emerald Club. The Emerald Club expedites the rental process for members by offering counter bypass as well as access to National's "Emerald Aisle," an exclusive section of the lot where members can personally select any vehicle as long as they reserve a mid-sized car. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Discounts on steel buildings
    Worldwide Steel Buildings offers a 10% discount to all AOPA Members towards the purchase of a new hangar. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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