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December 20, 2012
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  • Aviation coalition proposes pilot-shortage study
    An informal coalition of aviation industry leaders -- including representatives of airlines, businesses and academics as well as the Federal Aviation Administration's flight standards director, John Allen -- is urging the Government Accountability Office to study future pilot workforce levels. "The aviation industry is entering an era of unprecedented pilot staffing challenges as a result of a struggling economy, bankruptcies, mergers, increasing flight training costs, manufacturing declines and numerous new public laws and regulations," the group wrote in its study proposal. First (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Sebring Expo to kick off 2013
    The Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will kick off the new year with a variety of airplanes on display for buyers. The event, which last year drew 16,000 people, will take place in Florida from Jan. 17 to 20. General Aviation News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
AVEMCO DOESN'T BELIEVE IN GOTCHAS. We won't reject your claim just because your medical, annual inspection or flight review accidentally expired during the policy period. Avemco doesn't do business that way. No wonder we have so few exclusions in our policies. Get your no-obligation quote.
  Helicopter News 
  • Bell appeals FAA's denial of weight exemption for 429 helicopter
    In a petition to the Federal Aviation Administration, Bell Helicopter has asked for reconsideration of a decision to deny the company an exemption from the gross weight limit for its Bell 429. According to Bell, the market for the helicopter could be significantly reduced if the FAA upholds its August decision to restrict the Bell 429 to a 7,000-pound limit. (U.K.) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Easy-to-Install IFD440 with Hybrid Touch. The IFD440 is a plug & play replacement for GNS430-Series navigators, providing powerful NAV, COM, and Map capabilities. Its Hybrid Touch user interface allows pilots to perform virtually all functions using dedicated knobs/buttons or via the touch-screen interface. Click for Introductory Pricing Information.
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Views differ as LightSquared vies for more broadband spectrum
    Opinions are mixed on LightSquared's request to the Federal Communications Commission for an additional 5-megahertz block of spectrum for mobile broadband services; the company already is permitted to use a nearby 5-MHz block. GPS users have opposed the plan, stating it could interfere with their equipment. "LightSquared's proposed wireless broadband network will produce an estimated $12 billion in value to the economy and potentially 10 times that amount -- $120 billion -- in benefits to consumers," said Thomas Lenard, president and senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (12/18) 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!
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Air Force vet recognized for pilot safety
    The Federal Aviation Administration named retired pilot John Knebel of Bel Marin Keys, Calif., the recipient of its Wright Award for 50 years of flying without an accident. Knebel got his pilot's license at age 19, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and later the Air Force, became a test pilot and then flew for Trans International Airlines until his retirement. Marin Independent Journal (Calif.) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training News 
  • Why a flight school in Winter Haven is a winning idea
    Blogger Dan Pimentel discusses why a new flight school set to open in Winter Haven, Fla., is a good idea now. SunState Aviation was awarded a contract to provide flight training services for Polk State College's new Professional Pilot Science degree program. Airplanista blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HGS Flight makes for a great training experience
    The Heads Up Guidance system by Rockwell Collins pulls all of the most important pieces of instrument flying data into one location. While the technology is normally only found on larger airplanes, it is now available in an iPad app called HGS Flight, allowing pilots to familiarize themselves with it. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • ELT straps banned by FAA
    The Velcro-type straps used to secure emergency locator transmitters designed and built after Nov. 26, 2012, have been banned by the Federal Aviation Administration. ELTs approved before the new rule can continue to use Velcro. AVweb (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • Aircraft Spruce offers member benefits
    AOPA Strategic Partner Aircraft Spruce periodically provides special offers and discounts to AOPA members through Aircraft Spruce,, and their year-round participation in the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts Program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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