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October 10, 2012
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  Aviation Update 
  • Testing keeps crop dusters tuned up
    A half-dozen crop dusters gathered at Moses Lake Municipal Airport in Washington this week to take turns spraying pink-colored water while flying a few feet above a string on the ground. The drill enabled computers and certified analysts to process droplet size and consistency of spray pattern. "We are trying to mitigate drift and this fits in with GAP [Good Agricultural Practices] programs of growers, packers, processors, retailers, exporters and importers," said Mark Brown II, a pilot for Quincy Flying Service and president of the Association of Washington Aerial Applicators. "They want to know our equipment is calibrated properly and this is how we test that." Capital Press Agriculture (Salem, Ore.) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Embraer hoping for Legacy 500 flight tests within weeks
    As Embraer waits for the results of final validation tests on its fly-by-wire software to be approved, the company plans to schedule the midsize business jet's flight tests by the end of the quarter. Company executives are hopeful that the flight tests will occur within a few weeks. Software issues delayed the release of the Legacy 500 by almost a year. Aviation Daily (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Connected Pilot Now Available! Aspen Avionics' new Connected Pilot, the first in the Connected Panel product line, is now available via Aspen's authorized dealer network. Connected Panel technology connects your smart portable device with your Evolution MFD-equipped instrument panel. Click for more info:
  • If you could bid in an aviation charity auction, what would be your top pick?
    New flight experiences, training options, vacations, and more are open for bidding in the AOPA Foundation’s A Night For Flight Auction through Oct. 13. AOPA Online.
    New flight experiences  36.26%
    Flight-training packages  28.36%
    Aviation gear  19.96%
    Exotic vacations  12.38%
    Other  3.04%
    The results from the poll questions in Aviation eBrief do not necessarily represent the views of pilots, aircraft owners or AOPA members and therefore should not be used for research purposes.
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  Airport Focus 
  • Ariz. airport lights the way with LED runway project
    Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Arizona recently finished upgrading all its runway lights to LED. "We're one of the first, if not the first, in the country and definitely in Arizona to have a full runway lighting system that's LED," said airport Manager Richard Wilkie. The airport's next project is to pave the southwest apron to make room for more hangars. Casa Grande Valley Newspapers (Ariz.) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Sevier County, Tenn., public-safety agencies get on-call helicopter
    In a plan to save taxpayers' money, officials in Sevier County, Tenn., are contracting with a private helicopter firm to keep a helicopter and pilot on-call for law enforcement missions. "To buy a helicopter would be, the least expensive one you could buy would be half a million dollars and then the upkeep on that would be tremendous," said Capt. Jeff McCarter of the Sevier County Sheriff's Department. WATE-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Avionics & Technology 
  • ForeFlight will partner with Redbird to test and develop iPad app
    ForeFlight Mobile is one of the most popular aviation applications, but the company wants to understand how it is used in the cockpit. ForeFlight will partner with Redbird Flight Simulations to record pilots using the app in flight simulators and in aircraft at the Skyport in San Marcos, Texas. "We created the Skyport as an open laboratory for everybody to use," said Jerry Gregoire, chairman of Redbird Flight Simulations. Aero-News Network (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Colo. pilot helped pioneer aviation roles for women
    Millicent Peterson Young was 6 years old when she knew she wanted to be a pilot. She was one of 1,074 women of some 25,000 who applied to complete the Women's Airforce Service Pilots program. "We flew every kind of airplane that there was in the inventory at that time," said Young. "We were test pilots, we were instructors, we were target towers for ground to air and air to air." KOAA-TV (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • AOPA Aviation Summit promotes activities for nonpilots
    Nonpilot attendees at Summit will have plenty to do, including a free Elvis tribute concert on Wednesday, the companion lunch at the Spa Resort and Casino on Thursday and a one-of-a-kind tour of Palm Springs for Friday. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA offers options for term life
    AOPA offers three distinct options when it comes to securing term life insurance to provide for your family's needs if something happens to you. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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