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February 8, 2013
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  • High demand for G650s means new Gulfstream jobs in Wis.
    Gulfstream has received more than 200 orders for its G650 luxury business jet, meaning the company will be adding jobs at its facility in Greenville, Wis. A spokesperson for Gulfstream said orders are already backlogged into 2017; to be able to fill the orders, it will be adding some 100 jobs, mostly in purchasing and engineering. Marshfield News-Herald (Wis.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
What he didn't know about his life insurance cost his family $1 Million. Aviation exclusions can void your coverage for aviation activities. Pilots should take special care when comparing life insurance. Get the right coverage without exclusions quoted by experienced pilot agents. Call Pilot Insurance at (800) 380-8376 or visit
  Aviation Update 
  • Beechcraft Corp. looks to the future
    Final approval for Hawker Beechcraft's reorganization plan was given last week by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge and soon Bill Boisture will be back as CEO of the renamed Beechcraft Corp. While the company's future may still depend on the strength of the general aviation industry, it is a relief for many to see the company moving forward. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research shows used bizav industry on par with 20-year averages
    Amstat, a business aircraft market research and services firm, showed that the market for pre-owned business aircraft was just 0.3% below the industry average for the past 20 years in the fourth quarter of 2012. So far in 2013, Amstat said large-cabin jets have exceeded the 20-year benchmark. AIN Online (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aviators hope to establish a flying club in Mont.
    Ron Denowh, board chairman of Libby airport in Montana, and Jaime Gagnier, the airport's manager, hope to start a flying club to get families and young people interested in aviation. The men would also like to bring a chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Young Eagles program to the airport. The Western News (Libby, Mont.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • GA facility could be win-win for Google and Calif. airport
    A proposal to build an $82 million general aviation facility at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California will come before the City Council in April. The project is a joint development proposal between Signature Flight Support and Blue City Holdings San Jose LLC, an entity connected to Google. The facility would house the personal airplanes of Google executives, as well as other private and corporate aircraft. Officials have long been hoping to boost GA at the airport increase revenue -- the deal would bring in $130 million over the course of the proposed 50-year lease. American City Business Journals/San Jose, Calif. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Las Vegas helicopter expo is set to open March 5
    Heli-Expo 2013 is set to take over the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 5, featuring more than 60 helicopters and over 650 exhibitors. Professional courses will start Feb. 28; other events include a golf tournament, mentoring panels and historical helicopters as part of an effort of a Heritage of Helicopters display. AIN Online (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Chicago teenager takes on Congress for CAP funding
    Michael Carpenter has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol since he was 13. Now a pilot, cadet commander and high school student in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, he headed to Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress for CAP funding. "If we don't secure funding for the future, then the next generation won't have the same experiences I had," he said. The SouthtownStar (Chicago) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NBAA: Tax plan could have negative impact on aircraft sales
    Speaking out against White House press secretary Jay Carney's recent comments about aircraft depreciation schedules, National Business Aviation Association President Ed Bolen said, "Everyone agrees on the need to find meaningful ways to reduce the nation's debt and to do so without harming the nation's economy." But Bolen emphasized that changes to the depreciation schedule would be negligent in terms of reducing the nation's debt and could have a negative impact on aircraft sales. Forbes/BusinessAviation blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Nominations open for aircraft challenge
    In the spirit of the NCAA's March Madness, AOPA is giving 64 aircraft a shot at the title of "best aircraft" in the second annual Best Aircraft Showdown bracket. No money, no prizes -- the aircraft are competing. The association is accepting nominations from Feb. 1 through Feb. 14. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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