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October 18, 2012
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  • Hawker will exit bankruptcy as stand-alone after sale collapses
    After the sale of business-jet-maker Hawker Beechcraft to Superior Aviation Beijing collapsed, the company is making plans to exit bankruptcy as a stand-alone company. According to a statement, "if no satisfactory bids are received," the Hawker jet line could be closed and the company renamed Beechcraft Corp., with a focus on building civilian turboprops and military trainers. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Cessna's summer jet sales decrease
    Sales of Cessna Aircraft's business jets saw a slight decline over the summer, though Scott Donnelly, CEO of Cessna's parent company, Textron, expects sales to rebound after the presidential election. "I think the morning after the election [business owners] may be happy or unhappy. But some, to some degree, say: 'You know what, I have to get on with my life,'" he said. The Wall Street Journal (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Federal regulators: Va. airport renovations require mining permit
    Federal regulators have delayed a project to extend the runway at Grundy Municipal Airport in Virginia because of underground coal deposits that would be dug up during construction. "We were attempting to permit this project as an airport project, not a coal-mining project," said Democratic state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett. The extension of the runway, from 2,200 feet to more than 5,000, is needed to comply with insurance standards for corporate jets. The Washington Times (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Download NBAA's State Aviation Tax White Paper. With specific regulations for each state, ensuring awareness and compliance with all the laws can be a daunting task. That's why NBAA assembled a comprehensive State Aviation Tax Report.
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  • USDA awards $10M grant for renewable fuel research
    The Department of Agriculture has awarded a five-year, $10 million grant for research on the potential of using switchgrass, shrub willow and miscanthus as renewable fuels. "This will basically complete our efforts in every corner of the country as part of our overall effort to promote biofuel, both in terms of automobiles and truck transportation as well as aviation and marine fuel," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The study will involve researchers from 20 companies and institutions. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NASA considers $1.5M competition to build UAVs
    In a possibly controversial project, NASA is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Air Force Research Lab on an effort to launch a $1.5 million competition for the design of new UAVs. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge would help NASA to identify potential manufacturing partners. GigaOm (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pilot Spotlight 
  Training News 
  • Emergency-maneuver training aims to reduce accident rate
    Aviation Performance Standards aims to reduce accident rates by training pilots in emergency maneuvers. The Mesa, Ariz.-based company combines classroom education on angle-of-attack and swept-wing aerodynamics with simulator and in-flight education. "The real emphasis of our training is recognizing an impending loss of control as the primary means of reducing the accident rate," said company President Paul "BJ" Ransbury. AIN Online (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NASA report: Your "get out of jail free" card?
    The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), also known as the "NASA report," allows pilots to get valuable information about what is going on in the system from those who actually are using it. ASRS can also be a "get out of jail free" card, because by filing a report, you make your concerns known anonymously, so that any disincentive to make the report because of embarrassment or concern about FAA enforcement action is predominantly removed. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 Tips for Novice iPad Users
    Sporty's Vice President John Zimmerman answers the question "Is the iPad a legal replacement for paper charts?" and more in an AOPA Aviation Summit seminar for new tablet users. Other tips include: Buy what you'll use, understand its limitations and try before you buy. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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