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November 20, 2012
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  • Enticing new faces to GA with lunch
    Blogger Jamie Beckett suggests that the way to get new people interested in general aviation might be as simple (and inexpensive) as inviting them to a cookout at the airport. He suggests that giving friends a ring-side seat and providing insight into airport operations might be a low-anxiety way to pique their interest in aviation. "While you enjoy the benefit of not spending $100 on fuel to expose your friend to aviation, you are providing a valuable spark to their imagination that will last for a long time to come," Beckett writes. General Aviation News/Politics for Pilots blog (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Minn. man still captivated by search for Earhart
    Kenton Spading of Como, Minn., has participated on several expeditions with the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery; he wasn't surprised when the group reported parts of Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E may have been found. Expeditions have become more expensive, sometimes requiring volunteers to foot the bill, but Spalding says for him, it's the excitement of pursuit that keeps the search going. Park Bugle (St. Paul, Minn.) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Ala. airport puts its game face on
    Tuscaloosa Regional Airport in Alabama is normally home to about 100 aircraft, but when the Alabama Crimson Tide are playing at home, that number is more than doubled. So many Alabama football fans fly in to Tuscaloosa for game day, pilots have to make reservations. The Tuscaloosa News (Ala.) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  Avionics & Technology 
  • NextGen has "redundancies to ensure safe" operations, FAA says
    The Next Generation Air Transportation System has received attention from some critics who say that the satellite technology used by NextGen is vulnerable to hackers. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that it was continually addressing safety concerns and that NextGen "is based on redundancies to ensure safe and secure operations." KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pilot Spotlight 
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  Training News 
  • China proposes training grants for general aviation
    Pilots are in short supply across the general aviation industry in China, prompting the country's Civil Aviation Administration to propose grants for pilot training. China's aviation fleet is expanding, but currently one-third of the planes cannot fly due to a lack of pilots. For some companies, hiring a pilot is as expensive as purchasing a plane. China Daily (Beijing) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • FAA postpones selection of UAV test sites over privacy concerns
    Acting Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta has delayed the selection of unmanned aerial vehicle test sites indefinitely, citing the need to overcome privacy issues before testing begins. Selection of the sites, originally intended to take place next month, is considered an important step for locales to become key players in the development of unmanned aircraft. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
WingX Pro7 adds Track Up – now on iPad Mini!  Rotate the sectionals the way you want them.  The World's #1 Top Grossing Navigation iPad app now has Track Up!  WingX Pro7 rotates all airport, VOR, and fix identifiers right-way up for easy reading - it's so good that you'll forget your looking at a rotated sectional!
  AOPA News 
  • Aero-Space Reports signs on as AOPA's third strategic partner
    AOPA has signed a new Strategic Partner agreement with Aero-Space Reports, Inc., one of the leading aircraft title and escrow services providers in the nation. The Oklahoma City-based company becomes AOPA's third Strategic Partner, joining Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, Alamo Rent A Car) and Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Name Game
    Being added to a friend's policy as a "named pilot" is a great thing. In fact, most of us wish we had more of these kinds of friends. So what does it mean to be a named pilot? Simply put, you have been specifically approved by the underwriter insuring your friend's aircraft to fly their plane without voiding their coverage. There may be some additional requirements you need to follow such as a checkout with a CFI or a few hours of dual logged in the make and model before you are fully cleared. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA job of the day: Major gifts officer
    The AOPA Foundation seeks a gifts officer, whose primary duties are qualifies, contacts and cultivates potential donors from prospect pool of AOPA members and other interested parties; reviews the prospect pool and develops relationships by submitting proposals to prospective donors; make effective face-to-face presentation to donors and prospects; effectively secure major gifts; and extensive travel to visit donors and fundraising events which includes non-traditional work hours. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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