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March 21, 2013
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  Aviation Update 
  • GAMA pushes for consistent rules for FAA certification
    President and CEO Pete Bunce and Chairman Brad Mottier of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association spoke at the Wichita Aero Club's March meeting where they said their organization is working toward a consistent interpretation of the rules from all Federal Aviation Administration aircraft certification offices. "In many cases, manufacturers are having to do a lot of repeat efforts to get certified," Bunce said. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • New York photographer shows off beauty of airports
    New York-based photographer Jeffrey Milstein has spent much of his career photographing the underbellies of aircraft. Now he's taking a look at airports from above, he says, "showing the patterns, layering and complexity of cities, and the circulation patterns for travel, such as waterways, roads and airports that grow organically over time much like a living organism." The photographs will be on display in April in New York. The Atlantic Cities (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Texas engineering programs get boost from Bell
    Bell Helicopter has been promoting the engineering programs at West Texas A&M University with funding for equipment, a lab and the Engineers Without Borders program. Matt Jackson has recently been named the Bell Helicopter professor of mechanical engineering and will serve as a liaison between the company and the university. "We have now risen to be [Bell's] premier university of employment," Jackson said. "When they're looking to hire a position, they come to us first." KFDA-TV (Amarillo, Texas) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Rep. Markey: Americans deserve privacy, protection from UAVs
    U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., introduced a bill to create new rules that aim to protect individual privacy from unmanned aerial vehicles. "Americans must be afforded a level of privacy and protection from these aerial technologies," said Markey. The bill would require the Federal Aviation Administration to collect information about where license applicants plan to fly their UAV and to post times and locations of flights on a public website. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Iditarod pilot chronicles the flight home across Alaska
    Alice Rogoff and pilot Burke Mees chronicle their flight home across eastern Alaska from the Iditarod sled dog race, which included a few unexpected challenges, such as strong winds that stayed on the nose throughout the entire flight. "As we flew by the Shell Hills, the twinkling lights of Anchorage came into view and acted as a guiding beacon for the rest of the way home. Another safe crossing was behind us," they write. (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training News 
  • Almost like the real thing: Sim training for the King Air 200
    Pilot Stephen Pope writes about training in SimuFlite's level-C King Air 200 simulator at the company's Dallas center. "The visuals and handling of the flight simulator were quite good, with a motion system that made it feel like I was flying a real airplane -- to a point. I was never truly fooled into believing this was the real thing," he writes. Flying online (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • Abingdon Company offers female flight watches
    Pilot Chelsea Welch realized an interesting problem back when she was in flight training in 2006: There were no aviation watches on the market specifically for women. "My flight instructor had a really cool watch and I wanted a women's version of it, but nothing was available," said Welch. "At a Christmas dinner with female pilots later that year, we discussed fantasy gifts, and I mentioned a female flight watch. Others at the table agreed, so I decided to design an aviator watch that was fashionable and versatile." AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EA+ offers unexpected benefits
    Whether you are already enrolled in Emergency Assistance Plus or aren't familiar with the program, chances are you have a pretty good idea from the name what it entails. And of course EA+ is there for you should an accident strike with 24-hour emergency and medical assistance, but there are some other surprising benefits that go with enrolling in the program. Have concerns about an upcoming trip? One call will get you the latest details on consular services, inoculations, visas and travel advisories. Then at any time during your trip you can contact EA+ for up-to-date security intelligence -- vital if you feel threatened by political or social unrest, bad weather or environmental hazards. Lose your prescriptions, corrective lenses or medical devices while traveling? EA+ will even help see that replacements are rushed to you as soon as possible. All costs other than shipping will be billed to your credit card. These are just a few of the unexpected benefits at your disposal with EA+. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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