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February 20, 2013
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  • Members-only facility is in the works for N.Y. airport
    The Syracuse Jet Association has five members and hopes to have five more by the time it breaks ground this spring on a $6 million members-only hangar and conference facility at Syracuse Hancock International Airport in New York. Construction will be privately funded; the City Council is expected to vote on a 40-year lease for the site in March. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Texas hosts 3 Women of Aviation Week events
    Three events held in conjunction with Women of Aviation Week will be held in Texas from March 4 to 10. At Addison Airport, Lone Star Flyers will offer free introductory flights for women and girls, and Big Q Aviation will provide free sessions in its Red Bird Simulator. At the Calhoun Air Center locations in Port Lavaca and Victoria, two "Girl Power!" events will be hosted. Read more here from Women of Aviation Week. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBAA: ICAO accomplishments show spirit of global cooperation
    After three years, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection completed its work to create metric and standard recommendations for carbon-dioxide emissions and reduce aircraft noise levels by 2020. National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen said, "These accomplishments highlight a spirit of global cooperation among nations when it comes to aviation policymaking." AIN Online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The General Aviation Manufacturers Association recently released its annual report on shipments of new general aviation aircraft, calling the news for 2012 "mixed." What do you think are the prospects for GA aircraft deliveries in 2013?
    Deliveries will remain the same  41.02%
    Deliveries will drop  40.93%
    Deliveries will rise  18.05%
    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 
  • Business flights increase at S.C. airport
    With recreational flying down, business aviation makes up more than 75% of flights at Greenville Downtown Airport in South Carolina; recreational flights previously made up 40% of operations. "I'm not as optimistic that recreational flying will ever recover to where it once was, but I think business flying makes good business sense, so the cost of fuel does not impact it as bad," said airport director Joe Frasher. The Greenville News (S.C.) (subscription required) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. airports receive $20.6 million in grants
    Forty-four Colorado general aviation airports and the Wings Over the Rockies museum are set to receive $20.6 million in grants, funded by state aviation fuel tax revenues. The money will pay for various improvement projects, as well as outreach programs at the museum. The Denver Post (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Pilot celebrates 100th birthday in the sky
    Wesley Burnham, a part-time resident of Redstone, Colo., celebrated his 100th birthday with a scenic flight over the Rocky Mountains, courtesy of two pilot friends. Burnham, who got his pilot's license in 1968, wasn't at the controls that day but plans to be again soon. "If I had been at my home in Minnesota, I would have flown my own plane," he said. Post Independent (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Policy Watch 
  • Fuller: GA generates economic activity
    AOPA's president and CEO, Craig Fuller, rejects the Obama administration's idea that general aviation is the playground of the rich. Besides serving valuable business purposes like transporting engineers and supporting job sites, GA aircraft conduct medical flights and carry supplies to disaster victims. "By any standard, they are generating economic activity, not taking government handouts," writes Fuller. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How effective is GARA?
    A new paper that looks into the General Aviation Revitalization Act finds that after GARA, "aircraft owners and pilots retired older aircraft, took fewer night flights, and invested more in a variety of safety procedures and precautions, such as wearing seat belts and filing flight plans." Political blogger Kevin Drum writes that if that were really true, there should be similar results in other areas where legislative changes have had significant effects on human behavior. Drum blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Some Questions about MedXPress
    On Oct. 1, 2012, MedXPress became the required mechanism for completing the FAA airman medical application. Since that time, AOPA has been discovering some of the nuances of the application that we hadn’t thought about until the use became mandatory, writes Gary Crump, AOPA's director of medical certification. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sporty's offers discount on flight gear bag
    AOPA members get exclusive 10% savings on Sporty's Mission Flight Gear Bag! You will be amazed by 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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