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February 22, 2013
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  • Flight Options: Fractional share sales, jet membership are up
    The Cleveland, Ohio-based fractional share provider Flight Options reported a 70% increase in "conquest growth" -- shares sold to buyers who have quit other programs. The company also said jet membership program sales are up 30% year over year. "We're definitely seeing a significant increase in hours flown and customer utilization," said Matt Doyle, executive vice president of sales and marketing. AIN Online (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Looming sequestration could affect ATC facilities
    If Congress is unable to avoid looming federal budget cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration will be faced with a $627 million reduction in its budget, said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association said cuts of 8.2% could mean the furloughing of up to 2,200 workers. AIN Online (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tower closings, flight delays seen from "sequester" cuts: The Federal Aviation Administration has said it would close 60 airport control towers during midnight shifts, shut down more than 100 towers completely at airports with fewer than 150,000 flight operations per year, and begin furloughing staff under mandatory budget cuts set to start taking effect March 1. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chinese investors offer bid for Akoya LSA amphib
    LISA Airplanes, the French manufacturer of the amphibious Akoya light sport aircraft came into financial difficulty in August. The Heima Mining Co. of China has offered a $20 million takeover bid, which LISA says it will accept. Heima Mining has 10 orders for the $350,000 Akoya and plans to seek additional acquisitions in the aviation industry. AVweb (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cirrus CAPS repacks are pricey upkeeps
    The CAPS parachute system is the ultimate safety backup for many Cirrus owners, but the 10-year, $10,000 repack cycle is coming up on many older airframes. It can only be done in specialized service centers and, on first generation models, it requires tearing off and then repairing the fiberglass parachute hatch. AVweb (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Calif. city endorses helicopter noise bill
    Torrance Municipal Airport is located nearby Lomita, Calif., and is the home of the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world. City Manager Michael Rock says that council members get phone calls every day regarding the noise. The Lomita City Council voted unanimously to endorse the two congressional bills that aim to reduce helicopter noise. Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Composite construction makes kit plane assembly simple
    The simple composite construction of Lancair's Evolution means that builders can meet the 51% rule after just a few months of work. Lancair COO Tom Bowen says that the Evolution has only 12,000 line items, and all parts, pieces and tools are clearly marked for the builder -- no additional tools are needed. Flying online (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Teenage pilot loves his Piper
    Michael DiMercurio of Hagerstown, Md., said he loves to fly his Piper Archer. The 18-year-old took his first flying lesson at age 9. "I had to sit on two phone books and two cushions just so I could see over the dashboard," he said. The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Md.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Alliance for Aviation Across America  
  • GA provides jobs, contributes to trade balance
    In a conversation with Steve Anderson, managing director of InfrastructureUSA, Alliance for Aviation Across America Executive Director Selena Shilad said that the general aviation industry is responsible for some 1.2 million jobs and $150 billion economic impact in the U.S. "It's one of the only manufacturing industries that contributes positively to the balance of U.S. trade," she said. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Group proposes revisions to TSA's GA airport security guidelines
    A working group of representatives from various general aviation organizations submitted a list of potential revisions to the Transportation Security Administration's security guidance for GA airports. "We're largely talking about tweaks to the existing guidelines, rather than wholesale changes," said Doug Carr of the National Business Aviation Association. AIN Online (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • General aviation defended against "loophole" charge
    Senate Finance Committee member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) voiced exasperation with the Obama administration for "seemingly endless attacks" on the aviation industry in public statements and proposals to reduce the federal deficit. The GA Caucus member said Feb. 13 during a hearing that he gets "a little bit hot under the collar" when he hears administration officials direct attacks at the largely Kansas-based industry that has already lost 50 percent of its workforce during difficult economic times. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Was aviation designated a "loser" under tax reform?
    During a press briefing Feb. 20, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney cast deficit-reduction proposals targeting general aviation as preferable to other budget cuts during efforts to reduce the federal deficit. Friends of general aviation in Congress are sticking up for the industry. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Get a $10 off gift card from Aircraft Spruce! Check out all of the discounts and special offers from leading aviation and non-aviation companies available through the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts Program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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