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October 30, 2012
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  • Cessna revamping Citation Sovereign to face market competition
    To compete in an increasingly crowded midsize jet market, Cessna is overhauling its Citation Sovereign, with the updated version entering service in late 2013. The aircraft, priced at $17.8 million, will feature Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engines, increasing its range to more than 5,550 kilometers. Garmin's G5000 touchscreen-controlled integrated flightdeck cockpit will also be included as well as an integrated Cessna Clarity cabin management system. (U.K.) (10/29), AOPA Online (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • New lighter jet announced by Falcon
    Following the success of Dassault Falcon Jet's 2000LX, the company has announced a lighter model that promises the same range as the previous aircraft but without any payload compromises. The 2000LXS also comes with the three-screen Honeywell Easy II cockpit and shorter runway requirements. AOPA Online (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Embraer displays Legacy 450 cabin
    Embraer brought a cabin mock-up from its new Legacy 450 jet to the National Business Aviation Association conference this week. The seven-seater Legacy 450 is expected to be delivered to its first customers in two years. (U.K.) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • City challenges location of acrobatic practice box
    The City Council of Morris, Ill., objected to the Federal Aviation Administration's approval of a 3,600 foot by 3,600 foot aerobatic practice box just northwest of Morris Municipal Airport. According to city officials, the box is in the flight pattern of the runway, and they want it moved one to two miles farther away. Morris Daily Herald (Ill.) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Helicopter News 
  • Schoolchildren are treated to a visit by Black Hawk helicopter
    Elementary students in Prescott, Ariz., were treated to a special visit by an Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter as part of Red Ribbon Week. The event is the nation's largest drug-prevention campaign. "If you want to do something like fly a plane, drive a train or a big truck, you can't do drugs," Capt. Caleb Grandy told students sitting in the helicopter. The Daily Courier (Prescott, Ariz.) (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Gulfstream shows off new jets, commits to biofuel
    At the National Business Aviation Association's national convention in Orlando, Fla., this week, Gulfstream Aerospace showed off two jets, the G650 and the G280, both newly certified. The company also showed its commitment to green fuels, using a 50-50 blend of biofuel and Jet A for all five of its flying demonstrations. AOPA Online (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • The flight before the storm
    Blogger Christine Negroni was not going to let a storm predicted for Monday get in the way of flying on Sunday. The author took off from Danbury Municipal Airport in Connecticut for a fall sightseeing tour in a friend's Acro Sport before returning to the airport and securing the plane for the rough weather. Lessons blog (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training News 
  • Redbird Sims is changing how pilots are trained
    Redbird Flight Simulation and Guided Independent Flight Training are changing the way pilots are trained. Redbird's Skyport laboratory created 20 new pilots in its first year using its simulator-based program, which takes 38 hours -- two-thirds of the average traditional training program. And, at a cost of only $9,500. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • How strong is your safety net?
    Whether you are flying, driving, or on a hike in the park, AOPA can help protect all that is important to you. As AOPA previously announced, the new AOPA Accidental Death and Dismemberment Group Insurance Plan has been expanded beyond the cockpit to provide you 24/7 coverage without any increase in cost. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes mellitus on oral medications
    Diet-controlled diabetes mellitus is one of the five medical conditions that your aviation medical examiner may grant issuance if you come to your examination with the proper documentation. Diabetes mellitus treated with oral medications or insulin is one of the FAA's specifically disqualifying medical conditions. This means that if you have one of these problems, your AME may not issue you a medical certificate without going through requesting a special issuance from the FAA. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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