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October 2, 2012
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  • Teacher training takes to the skies
    Teachers in Wyoming are taking to the skies with the Civil Air Patrol's Teacher Orientation Program. The program aims to help teachers apply aviation exercises such as aerodynamics, climatology and weight distribution in the classroom, Col. John Mitchell says. "It's a way to make science and math more exciting; to have real-world examples and real-world applications," Mitchell said. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • General aviation industry in China is clear for takeoff
    Despite obstacles, the general aviation industry will continue to expand in China, says Lu Yong, chairman of Ruohang Transportation Development. "People's main reason for obtaining a license at our flight school is to find a well-paying job at an airline or in private aviation, although we have enrolled some successful businesspeople who fly just as a hobby," Lu said. Yahoo!/China Daily/Asia News Network (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. facilities expand for new fleet of HondaJets
    In order to ready its N.C. operation for the coming fleet of HondaJets, Honda Aircraft Co. is starting construction of a maintenance, repair and overhaul building. "The 90,000-square-foot $20-million building will support up to 12 aircraft at a time," this feature says, as well as provide space for workshops, a pilot's lounge and a flight-planning area. "It is my commitment to build the best maintenance, repair and overhaul facility to serve the HondaJet customer," said Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujino. AVweb (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Allegiant cites lack of safety for leaving Colo. airport
    In a statement to a Las Vegas newspaper reporter, Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher said safety issues were the reason the airline suspended service to Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport in Colorado. However, company officials had explained the move to airport and city officials as an "internal business decision." Airport Director Jason Licon called Gallagher's comments "unprofessional," and said, "We're launching a full-scale investigation with the FAA to see if there are any issues. We know of none. We'll be talking with their safety inspectors, the people in charge of airport safety issues. We've got to get a lot of information from a lot of different areas." The Reporter-Herald (Loveland, Colo.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Ga. helicopter and crew make daring hiker rescue
    A Georgia Department of Natural Resources helicopter and crew last week made a daring rescue of an injured hiker in a remote area shaving hours off the mission. "It puts a real spike in your job satisfaction when you can help someone like that," said crew chief Larry Rogers. WSBT-TV (South Bend, Ind.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • New version of QinetiQ app now available
    Version 2.0 of the Aviation Data Trainer app by QinetiQ North America is now available in the iTunes store. The application provides a way for air traffic controllers, pilots, airport staff and flight enthusiasts to test themselves on International Air Transport Association and International Civil Aviation Organization data sets. Downloading the app is free, but regional data sets must be purchased for a small fee. General Aviation News (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Ex-rocket man fascinated by all things that fly
    For 90 years Roger Ellis has been captivated with planes and flying. He remembers the first time he saw an airplane. "I saw this thing flying over my head in the sky," he said. "I asked my grandma what it was. She said, 'That’s an airplane.'" The resident of Casa Grande, Ariz., spent his career working in the aerospace industry before creating a local experimental aviation club, the Casa Grande Flyers. Casa Grande Valley Newspapers (Ariz.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Training News 
  • Funding expected for aviation school
    The Stratford School for Aviation at Sikorsky Memorial Airport can expect $298,000 of state grant money to assist with the design of roof replacement and related mechanical system improvements, according to a press release from state Rep. Terry Backer and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. "This is exciting news for the district and the region," said Backer. "The state remains committed to the facilities that educate our workforce for available jobs not only in Connecticut but across the nation." Stratford Star (Conn.) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Inside Cirrus opens doors
    At the Inside Cirrus event the company opened its doors to the community. "The connection with the clients is something you don't get in the airline business," said Cirrus flight instructor Pete Carroll. "In the airline business, you shut the door, fly the plane and open the door when you get back. But in this business, I get to spend days with clients. I get to develop relationships with people." WDIO-TV (Duluth, Minn.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • Aircraft Spruce signs on as strategic partner
    AOPA members can enjoy special offers and discounts through Aircraft Spruce and thanks to a strategic partnership between the association and Aircraft Spruce. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MedXPress is mandatory
    All pilots are required to use the online medical application MedXPress to complete the FAA airman medical prior to visiting an aviation medical examiner. The move to the online medical application should provide more streamlined processing of medical applications at the FAA's Aerospace Medical Certification Division in Oklahoma City and at the nine regional medical offices around the country. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Husky out of hiding
    AOPA's Sweepstakes Husky emerges from a secret location just in time for the Aviation Summit in Palm Springs next week. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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