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March 22, 2013
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  • "Does that even make any sense?": Media eye tower cuts
    Close to 200 control towers could soon go dark, and members of the news media are asking why -- and what the impending closures could mean for pilots. As the general aviation community awaited word today of which contract control towers would be shut down by government sequester cuts, news media looked to AOPA and its home airport in Frederick, Md., for insight into the impact of the cuts. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Tecnam Astore is set to be unveiled in April
    Italian airplane maker Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam is set to unveil the Astore, its newest light sport airplane, at a Germany's Aero Friedrichshafen in April. The company is tight-lipped about the details of the airplane, but has said that it will come with a choice of three engines and a pre-installed iPad Mini. Flying online (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Beechcraft files suit over U.S. Air Force contract
    On Thursday, Beechcraft Corp. challenged the U.S. Air Force's decision to award a $428 million contract to Sierra Nevada Corp. and its Brazil-based partner Embraer by filing a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. "When it comes to producing aircraft that will help Americans come home from Afghanistan, the U.S. Air Force today concluded that America's 'best interest' now rests on the shoulders of Brazil. This decision is very misguided. It will lead to the loss of American jobs and substantially higher costs to American taxpayers," Beechcraft said in a statement. Reuters (3/21), Forbes (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nextant aims to put Ohio on the global map
    Nextant Aerospace's new president, Sean McGeough, has his sights set on overseas expansion and increasing the number of business jets it produces. The company has a new 125,000-square-foot production plant in Northeast Ohio with enough room to produce 50 jets per year. "This facility is a great opportunity to show customers and the world what Cleveland can do for them," said McGeough. Avionics Intelligence (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dassault earns European certification for newest biz jets
    Dassault announced that it has received European certification for its newest Falcon business jets, the 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS. The company said deliveries of the 2000S -- the entry-level aircraft in the Falcon line -- will begin in the second quarter, while it expects the 2000LXS to replace the 2000LX by the end of the year. Flying online (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Low-flying airplanes over St. Maarten's are a "must-see"
    Airplanista blogger Dan Pimentel writes that the very low-flying airplanes over Maho Beach on St. Maarten island are an aviation must-see. AOPA Pilot's Editor in Chief Tom Haines said, "As we were looking for another interesting Caribbean island to visit, I voted in favor of St. Maarten in part because I wanted to visit Maho Beach and experience both the low approaching aircraft and the blast of departing airliners from just across the street." Airplanista blog (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Skydiving dispute stalls federal funds at Calif. airport
    South County Airport in San Martin, Calif., has had its reserved federal grant funds put on lock-down after a local skydiving business filed a suit with the Federal Aviation Administration to be allowed to land on airport grounds. The FAA said it sees no reason why Garlic City Skydiving shouldn't be allowed to land at the airport. County officials are citing proximity to Highway 101 and has asked the company's owner to find an alternative landing area. Morgan Hill Times (Calif.) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FAA set to announce ATC tower closures
    An announcement is expected today from the Federal Aviation Administration about which air traffic control towers will be among the 173 that will close April 7. Altogether, 238 -- the "vast majority" of towers according to the FAA -- will be closed. "It makes no sense," said AOPA's Craig Fuller. "Tragically something is going to happen, and then were going to review this decision and, I'm sure, roll back some of the cuts they are considering now," he said. CNN (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal budget cuts jeopardize airports in south Florida: Air traffic controllers at several airports in south Florida could lose their jobs in April due to automatic federal budget cuts. "They're not thinking of the safety of the aircraft. Or how it's going to affect the rest of the city itself," said Ron Wooldridge, a controller at Boca Raton Airport. A spokesman for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department said tower closures could have an impact on nearby businesses as well. WLRN-TV/WLRN-FM (Miami) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Iowa medical helicopter service is gaining international interest
    The Des Moines, Iowa-based emergency medical service program Mercy Medical Center has been acting as a consultant for several countries. Medical and government representatives from Malaysia, Russia, Japan, Sweden and Saudi Arabia have been drawn to the company's Bell 429 helicopter. "Both of the governments wanted an existing program that was already up and running to learn how the people and equipment kind of gel together," said Mercy's Dennis Cochrane, who traveled to Malaysia and Russia with Bell representatives. Business Record (Des Moines, Iowa) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • Senate committee hears privacy concerns over UAVs
    A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing weighed the privacy concerns for UAVs after a group of organizations submitted a petition to halt U.S. Customs and Border Protection from flying unmanned aerial vehicles. "Before we allow widespread commercial use of drones in the domestic airspace, we need to carefully consider the impact on the privacy rights of Americans," said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
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  AOPA News 
  • Brackets open for AOPA best aircraft challenge
    In the spirit of the NCAA's March Madness, AOPA is pitting aircraft against each other in the Best Aircraft Showdown bracket. No money, no prizes -- just vote for your favorite general aviation aircraft through a series of head-to-head matchups. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ABC News throws GA under bus; Harrison Ford on Capitol Hill
    AOPA is setting the record straight after ABC News unfairly attacked general aviation safety in a report chock-full of misinformation. Also in the latest edition of AOPA Live This Week, Harrison Ford speaks up for GA on Capitol Hill, the Eclipse 550 marks a milestone, and March Madness strikes AOPA. Take stock in your well-being and perhaps extend your flying career as AOPA introduces Fly Well, a new series on your health and piloting. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Members receive discount on editing software
    Vegas Movie Studio HD from Sony is the perfect way to edit and enhance your flight videos with music, titles and special effects. Share videos of your cross-country or training sessions online, on DVD, or on Blu-ray. Save 25% on all Vegas Movie Studio HD applications. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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