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March 19, 2013
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  • Senators propose shifting budget cuts away from ATC towers
    Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have teamed up to support a bipartisan amendment proposed by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., to re-appropriate $50 million in Federal Aviation Administration funding to keep 170 contracted air traffic control towers open. Murphy said, "I'm hopeful that this amendment will pass, and I applaud my colleagues for coming together to fight these devastating and ridiculous cuts." The Day (New London, Conn.) (free registration) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Study shows pilot shortage is a long way off
    A study by Brant Harrison, a first officer at a major airline, shows that there won't be any significant change in the job market for commercial pilots for at least 10 years. Harrison's study also found that with many regional airlines shrinking, there is an abundance of cockpit-ready pilots on the market. AVweb (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Embraer signs lease for Fla. assembly plant
    Embraer announced it has signed a lease on a Jacksonville, Fla., hangar where it plans to assemble its A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. The company, with U.S. partner Sierra Nevada Corp., recently won a $427.5 million Air Force contract for 20 airplanes. The deal will mean about 1,400 new jobs in Florida. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Malta is set to host AOPA International Council meeting
    The 128th regional meeting of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations is set to begin in Malta on Sunday. Delegates from 17 countries are expected to attend. Regulatory changes imposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency will be discussed. The Times of Malta (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wounded soldier is reunited with family thanks to GA
    Injured Army SSG Oliver Hughes was reunited with his family thanks to Window World Inc., which recently used its company jet to sponsor the Veterans Airlift Command mission. "As a retired Army and Vietnam veteran, the Veterans Airlift Command is very near and dear to my heart," said Window World's chief pilot, Johnny Johnston. "Reuniting SSG Hughes and his family in my hometown makes this mission especially rewarding." General Aviation News (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
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  Helicopter News 
  • Officials to use helicopters to relocate endangered deer
    Officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to use "helicopter hazing" to aid in the relocation of endangered white-tailed deer in Washington. "By using the helicopter -- which is noisy, big and unusual for deer -- we hope to be able to push the deer and use their instinct to get away from something that bothers them," said FWS spokesman Doug Zimmer. The Daily News (Longview, Wash.) (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
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  Pilot Spotlight 
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  Training News 
  • S.C. businesses sponsor Learn to Fly for Free Contest
    The Upstate Business Journal, Airwolf Aviation Services, Greenville Downtown Airport and Greenville Jet Center make up a group of businesses that are sponsoring a Learn to Fly for Free Contest. Applicants must reside or work in either Greenville or Spartanburg counties in South Carolina., S.C. (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • Air Race Classic closes in on registration goal
    Entries for the 2013 Air Race Classic, the longest running all-women pilots transcontinental air race, are now at 80 percent and are expected to reach a goal of 55 teams before the April 1 deadline. This year's event is a 2,100 nautical mile, day-VFR race from Pasco, Wash., to Fayetteville, Ark., that will be run June 18-21. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Anatomy of a flying club
    Look behind the scenes at one of the country's largest flying clubs with Steve Blonstein of California's West Valley Flying Club. West Valley has been in operation for more than 40 years, helping 10,000 members stay involved with aviation. Adam Smith, senior vice president of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community, and Blonstein will discuss the day-to-day operations of the club, which includes a diverse fleet of 40-plus airplanes and instructors, during a webinar at 8 p.m. Eastern on March 20. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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