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December 21, 2012
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  • Synergy designer hopes to have prototype ready for Oshkosh
    After raising around $80,000 with a campaign and attracting a lot of public attention, John McGinnis is optimistic that his team could have a flying prototype of the Synergy five-place efficient aircraft ready for AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. "There's only about 4,000 things left that could derail the project [before it gets to Oshkosh]," McGinnis said, "but that's small relative to what we've been through." AVweb (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • As one door opens, another closes
    Blogger Jamie Beckett discusses his former role on the city commission in Winter Haven, Fla., and his new position as vice president of operations for SunState Aviation Flight School. Beckett writes that in his new job, his "efforts really are almost exclusively focused on aviation, education, economic development, increased employment, expanded tourism, and marketing opportunities." General Aviation News (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Policymakers look to GA to spur economic growth in China
    General aviation was included as a strategic industry in a five-year plan set forward by China's State Council. "General aviation has emerged as the next economic driving force after the car industry," said Ma Xin, deputy director of the National Air Traffic Management Committee Office in China. China Daily (Beijing) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Wash. city to appeal FAA ruling on Paine Field
    The city of Mukilteo, Wash., is set to appeal the Federal Aviation Administration ruling to allow commercial flight at Paine Field in nearby Everett. A study by the FAA determined that commercial flight activity would not significantly raise traffic, pollution or noise. KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Helicopter News 
  • New jobs expected at Bell's Tenn. plant
    Bell Helicopter is expected to add 125 jobs to its Piney Flats, Tenn., plant with an expansion planned after the company received more than $1 million in economic incentive money. According to Eric Cardinali, Bell’s executive vice president for customer support and services, there is a growing demand for commercial helicopters. "Expanding our existing facility allows us to implement new technologies and processes to ensure a high quality customization and delivery process for our customers," he said. Bristol Herald Courier (Va.) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Features added to new version of WingX Pro7
    Version 6.9 of Hilton Software's WingX Pro7 has several new features, including GPS positioning and ADS-B traffic and weather data via Bluetooth. The software is also now able to display Civil Air Patrol search and rescue grids. It is compatible with the iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone. Flying online (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Calif. pilot recognized for lifetime achievement
    As a former captain of the Alameda County Sheriff's Air Squadron, Bob Tucknott of Pleasanton, Calif., flew hundreds of hours in his Cessna on search and rescue, disaster relief and law enforcement missions. Tucknott also has long been a volunteer for Angel Flight and many other organizations. "When it looks like a good thing, I join it. There's more to life than work," Tucknott said. Cheri Cimmarrusti, associate executive director of Angel Flight West, nominated Tucknott for the Pleasanton Weekly's Lifetime Achievement Award. San Ramon Express (Pleasanton, Calif.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training News 
  • Flight planning info at your fingertips
    AOPA members have free access to airport directory information, aviation weather and flight planning with auto-routing capabilities on iPhone or Android smartphones with AOPA FlyQ Pocket, part of the association’s suite of mobile applications. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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