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March 18, 2013
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  • Proposed amendment threatens CAP funding
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is sponsoring an amendment to the defense spending bill for fiscal 2013 that would significantly cut Civil Air Patrol funding. Vice-Commander Lt. Col. Rick Larson said that the South Dakota Wing's "ability to react to requests for assistance from state agencies could be severely impacted by these funding cuts." General Aviation News (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Beechcraft exec: Company is on track for 2013: Executive Vice President Shawn Vick says Beechcraft Corp. is on track in 2013 to outpace the past several years for sales and deliveries of its existing inventory. Vick said that the company has new energy after shedding the Hawker line of business jets. American City Business Journals/Wichita, Kan./Morning Call blog (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How long did it take you to get your private pilot certificate?
    Check out poll results in Wednesday's eBrief. 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 
 
AOPA's Strategic Partners help to promote, protect, and defend general aviation: We thank them for their program support, as well as the special offers that benefit our members all year around. Learn more about AOPA's Corporate Partnership program. Enterprise rent-a-car | National Car Rental | Alamo Aircraft Spruce | Aero-Space Reports | Bank of America
  Helicopter News 
 
  • Daring helicopter prison breaks
    Helicopters have long been the getaway vehicle of choice for crafty inmates with their sights set on breaking out of prison. Joel David Kaplan's escape by helicopter from a Mexican prison yard in 1971 is among the most daring. According to AOPA, Frenchman Pascal Payet holds the record for the most helicopter escapes planned. CNN (3/18)
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  • Aerial photography business grounded due to federal regulations
    The Minnesota-based business Fly Boys Aerial Cinematography was recently informed by the Federal Aviation Administration that they were violating rules by flying in populated areas near major airports, also known as "Class B" airspace. The company uses unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with cameras to photograph whatever their customers need, such as bird's-eye view photos for real estate listings. TheBlaze.com (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Ga. teenager completes first solo flight
    Thomas Crowell, a sophomore at a Georgia high school, completed his first solo flight on his 16th birthday. He has been flying for two years, after he took an introductory flight on his 14th birthday. Crowell is aiming to get his private pilot's license and later become a commercial airline pilot. The Marietta Daily Journal (Ga.) (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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 now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Airspeed Junkie offers AOPA members a 10% discount
    Members can enjoy free shipping and enjoy totally unique items not found anywhere else. Why be boring? AOPA Online.
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