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March 8, 2013
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  • Solar Impulse pilots aim to revolutionize aviation
    Pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard are set to fly their Solar Impulse airplane from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., and New York this spring in an effort to raise awareness and attract American sponsorship for the project. "Our goal is not to make a revolution in air transportation, but a revolution in the mindset toward technology," said Piccard. Bloomberg (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Are the budget cuts an effort to anger Republicans?
    Charles Spence writes that according to some Washington insiders, making the budget cuts as painful as possible is part of an effort to anger Republicans and gain support for President Barack Obama's programs. There is also the other question of what will happen to the employees of the closed towers, he writes. General Aviation News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Paper certificates will soon be replaced with plastic
    The deadline is March 31 for personnel who have paper FAA certificates to replace them with plastic ones, which are harder to counterfeit. Certificate replacements cost $2 and can be processed online. Student certificates and temporary certificates do not have to be replaced. AVweb (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JetNet: Bizjet sales are still dropping
    In its latest market update, business aviation market information firm JetNet reported that in January the pre-owned business jet inventory was down 0.5 points from last year and retail business jet sales were down 1.8% from the same period a year ago. On the business turboprop side, the number of aircraft for sale has declined since January 2012, but sales transactions increased 5.7%. AIN Online (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Airport Focus 
  • Other News
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  Helicopter News 
  • China helicopter was designed by Russian company
    China's cutting-edge Z-10 attack helicopter was designed by Kamov, a Russian company, in the mid-1990s, according to Sergei Mikheyev, general designer of the Kamov Design Bureau. "Due to understandable reasons this was kept secret, but we made the design and it was accepted by China," Mikheyev said. The announcement was made at Heli-Expo on Wednesday. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Garmin navigators are optimized for helicopter pilots
    The Garmin GTN 650 and GTN 750 touch-screen GPS/nacom navigators have been optimized for helicopter pilots, according to the company. Features include night-vision goggle compatibility and a built-in helicopter terrain awareness and warning system. Flying online (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  Policy Watch 
  • Senator protests Obama UAV policy with filibuster
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., protested an Obama administration policy on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles that appears to condone attacks on U.S. citizens in certain cases. Paul took the Senate floor before noon Wednesday and did not yield for nearly 13 hours. Flying online (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Bank of America newest AOPA Strategic Partner
    AOPA announced a new Strategic Partnership with Bank of America on March 8 that will further boost support for general aviation while offering AOPA members generous cash-back rewards. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 'AOPA Live This Week': Heli-Expo highlights, anatomy of a spin
    AOPA Live This Week reports from Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. Thirty years after M*A*S*H went off the air, a factory-new Bell 47 will soon become available -- with turbine power. Also in this week's show, see general aviation's angry reactions to the sequester. Get the latest update on the AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair and learn how to handle spins. Watch AOPA Live This Week, March 7. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA Live to stream women in space presentations
    AOPA Live will run a live stream of presentations honoring 50 years of women in space during the Women Fly it Forward event at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Md., on March 9. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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