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October 16, 2012
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  • Flight restrictions during election season hamper Va. pilots
    With the president making more frequent trips to Virginia during election season, local pilots are getting caught in the middle, this feature says. Two pilots are under investigation after flying into restricted airspace over Williamsburg this past weekend. Presidential restrictions "are often established on very short notice. It is extremely important to check before every flight," the Federal Aviation Administration's website says. WTKR-TV (Norfolk, Va.) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Airspace changes at Wash. state airport upset pilots
    Procedural changes planned by the Federal Aviation Administration at Pearson Field Airport in Vancouver, Wash., have upset local pilots. The proposed procedures at the nontowered airfield near Portland International Airport in Oregon call for the creation of a box of airspace six miles long and one mile wide in which only one airplane can be in at at time. "The Pearson Box, while a solution to some of the issues in the airspace, was -- and is -- a bad idea. Our short-term focus was to prevent its implementation. We have been successful in getting at least a 30-day delay," said Paul Speer, chairman of the Pearson Field Aviation Advisory Committee. "Procedures associated with the box limit use of the airspace to either a PDX aircraft or a VUO aircraft, but not both at the same time." General Aviation News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Production of Sikorsky civil helicopter rises
    Sikorsky Aircraft is seeing an increase in demand for its commercial helicopter production. While Sikorsky's military production is expected to fall this year, Sikorsky's commercial division, Sikorsky Global Helicopters, is projecting a 30% boost in light of a global increase in demand for commercial helicopters. Aviation Week & Space Technology (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training News 
  • Texas school district prepares students for flight
    A partnership between the school district in Georgetown, Texas, and Pilot's Choice Aviation, a flight school at Georgetown Municipal Airport, gives high-school students the chance to learn how to repair planes and learn to fly. "Flight training is pretty expensive because it costs about $6,000 to get a license, and some of the kids can't afford that so they go straight into working on airplanes," said John Miller, the aviation teacher at Georgetown High School. Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free registration) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. university's aviation program is called a model for industry training
    The Federal Aviation Administration is looking toward Western Michigan University's College of Aviation program for solutions to industry training and lowering cost, this feature says. The university has been invited to join the Center of Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability. The program is a consortium of universities aiming to find ways for academia, industry and government to create cost-sharing partnerships in general aviation and safety. (Michigan) (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • Surveys seen as source of safety facts
    Aircraft owners still have time to participate in a general aviation activity survey used by the FAA to develop policies, allocate resources, and make decisions about safety. Members contacted about the survey are urged to take part in the General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey by Nov. 30. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA Insurance Services to members: Stop by for a visit!
    Employees at AOPA Insurance Services in Wichita, Kan., are always happy when members drop by for a visit and to check the variety of aviation insurance services available. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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