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March 4, 2013
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  • Biden, Congress are grounded by budget cuts
    Vice President Joe Biden voluntarily gave up traveling on Air Force 2 between Washington and his home in Delaware as part of the budget cuts that began in March. The military airplanes that members of Congress routinely travel on have also been grounded. Flying online (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Less rhetoric would make for a more convincing case
    Blogger Jeff Burger doesn't think that a change in the tax-depreciation schedule would really have that much impact on business aviation sales since it doesn't apply to used aircraft, and also doesn't help the American aviation industry when applies to aircraft built outside of the U.S. "The business aviation associations have a case to make, but they could make it better and more credibly if they toned down the rhetoric," writes Burger. AIN Online/AIN Blog (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is the sky really falling on bizav?
    The impact on business aviation of reduced air traffic control staffing levels due to federal budget cuts remains unclear, writes blogger Charles Alcock. Despite the ongoing debate over tax bonus depreciation, it was renewed by President Barack Obama for 2013. Forbes (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cirrus's Vision is finally set for takeoff
    Cirrus Aircraft hopes to finally have its Vision SF50 personal jet ready for certification by the end of 2015. "This has been a long, long program," said company President and CEO Dale Klapmeier. "I like to say we've been going at the speed of cash." The company is working on a ballistic parachute system for the aircraft and says it won't take any shortcuts on safety. General Aviation News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The March issue of AOPA Pilot has a story on Tecnam's latest version of the P92 LSA, which sports a tailwheel. Would you consider buying a tailwheel as your recreational aircraft of choice?

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  Helicopter News 
  • Flight Safety Foundation advocates aviation safety
    At Heli-Expo, the Flight Safety Foundation is prioritizing helicopter safety operations. It says there are five key areas to turning around the helicopter accident rate including safety audits, increased communication, standard operation procedure compliance, fostering a safety-concision culture and increasing awareness of the dangers of laser targeting. AIN Online (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Night-vision goggles are essential to helicopter pilots
    Night-vision goggles are not cheap, but many helicopter pilots say they hate flying without them. The goggles take available light and amplify it, making things visible that the human eye otherwise could not see. Models made by the two major manufacturers, ITT Exelis and L-3, start at $10,000. AIN Online (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Book tells story of bush pilots bringing movies to Alaska
    "Fifty Years Below Zero: A Lifetime of Adventure in the Far North," by Charles Brower, is an account of Alaskan history and the state's bush pilot heritage. Included is the story of two Alaska bush pilots who were contracted to fly a Fox film crew to Barrow, Alaska, to film Eskimo life but became stranded due to winter weather. (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
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  • AOPA job of the day: Director of outreach and events
    The Director of Outreach and Events is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of organizational events that meet the programmatic and quality goals of AOPA. These events are used to position AOPA as the leader of the general aviation industry and generate revenue. The Director leads a department responsible for AOPA's annual convention, AOPA Aviation Summit, a cornerstone event which attracts around 10,000 attendees each year. The Outreach team also organizes and executes AOPA's participation in other events such as airshows and pilot town halls and provides support for internal events like all-hands gatherings and trustee meetings. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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