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October 23, 2012
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  • Modified Citation X to go for transcontinental speed record
    Winglet Technology, a Wichita, Kan.-based design firm, has retrofitted a Cessna Citation X with the company's unique elliptical winglets to enhance the jet's performance, according to company President Bob Kiser. The plan is to fly the plane nonstop from Anchorage, Alaska, to Miami with an average true airspeed of more than 500 knots. "This is pushing the airplane to its limits," Kiser said. Without the winglets, the plane could not fly that kind of distance," said Kiser. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
What he didn't know about his life insurance cost his family $1 Million. Aviation exclusions can void your coverage if you are flying. Pilots should take special care when comparing life insurance. Get the right coverage without exclusions from the pilot agents at the Pilot Insurance Center. Call (800) 380-8376 or www.piclife.com
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  • Fuel commodities could make flying less expensive
    According to a recent study, over 80% of today's piston engine aircraft fleet could run safely on mogas, prompting the question of why it remains a rare commodity at airports. The high cost of fuel has long been an issue for aviation. "The type of aircraft engines we develop for the future must correspond to the types of fuel available down the road. That's why the EAA has long been in favor of using the most readily available fuel on the market -- auto gas. ... We are rapidly approaching the point where it is a choice of having limited aviation fuel or empty tanks," said Experimental Aircraft Association founder Paul Poberezny in a March 1981 issue of Sport Aviation. General Aviation News/GAfuels blog (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Should You Trust Cloud Technology? 'Cloud based'. You're going to hear it a lot and you'll most likely be using it soon. What does that mean for you as a pilot, owner, or GA business? We've been providing our customers cloud based services since 2006. See us at NBAA, Booth #2757, or do your homework at AvConnect.net. It's just Smarter Aviation™.
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  Avionics & Technology 
 
  • Congress launches independent safety review of UAVs
    The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that there could be up to 10,000 unmanned aerial vehicles flying in U.S. skies in five years. Members of Congress have launched an independent review to determine if the FAA is taking the required steps to develop a new law to manage that growth. KPRC-TV (Houston)/CNN (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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.
  Training News 
  • Mass. flight school anticipates demand for future pilots
    According to experts, there will soon be a shortage of experienced pilots in the airline industry. The flight school at Fitchburg Municipal Airport in Massachusetts is ready to help fill that demand. "You can go to a flight academy and you might pay $60,000 for your pilot's license, or you can go to a local flight school and pay $6,000," said Charley J. Valera, owner of the school. Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Federal cuts could cripple regional airports
    Op-ed by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey originally appearing in the Washington Business Journal on Sept. 4, 2012: "Here's what we know: business and tourism travelers continue to fly into the region at an increasing pace, and cargo deliveries remain robust as the regional economy expands. Unfortunately, massive budget cuts coming our way would have a negative impact on our regional airports and airports around the country – and that would mean a hard hit to the business community." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • AOPA PPS offers update on special issuance authorizations
    After five years of negotiations, the FAA and ICAO now agree that as of July 20, pilots no longer need to carry their special issuance authorizations letter in their aircraft. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New AOPA photo gallery showcases staff photographers
    The new AOPA Photo Gallery will allow members to buy some of the magnificent aviation photos in the past 50 years. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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