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March 13, 2013
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  • Safety alerts aim to prevent GA accidents
    The National Transportation Safety Board issued five safety alerts that reflect the most frequent errors that result in general aviation accidents. "We are promoting and distributing the alerts to reach pilots and mechanics who can benefit from these lifesaving messages," said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. AVweb (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AOPA urges FAA to stop GA sequestration cuts
    In a letter to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta, AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller wrote, "We urge you to suspend the planned cuts while we, and others, call upon Congress and the Administration's budget officials to grant you the needed flexibility to make choices that will reduce spending without threatening the safety of our skies or disabling general aviation." Fuller said the planned federal budget cuts "disproportionately" affect general aviation. AIN Online (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Charter brokers help fill empty seats
    When a charter jet flies a one-way trip, the company turns to private aircraft charter brokers to help fill seats back to the jet's home base. "Charters can originate anywhere in the United States or almost anywhere in the world. We have the contacts to find a jet in Dubai to carry customers to Paris if they need one," said Levi Lieder of Pasadena-based ElJet. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA, IAOPA work together to expand GA in Abu Dhabi
    In a meeting at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo, the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association UAE and the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association agreed on a plan to work together to expand general aviation in the United Arab Emirates. A set of initiatives was created aimed at attracting new members and encouraging cooperation between the two organizations. AME Info (United Arab Emirates) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Flight Training magazine editor Ian Twombly writes in the March issue about equality for women in aviation. What can be done to grow the female pilot population?
    Promote more female role models  50.60%
    Other  20.26%
    Provide scholarships  19.91%
    Offer special flight training  9.23%
    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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  • Eurocopter CEO to step down
    Dr. Lutz Bertling announced that he will step down from his post as Eurocopter CEO effective on April 30. He is set to head up Bombardier's rail car division in Germany. AIN Online (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Arlington PD gets go-ahead for UAV use
    The police department in Arlington, Texas, recently got approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use two unmanned aerial vehicles for public safety purposes. The UAVs will be equipped with cameras for various law enforcement missions, including photographing automobile accidents and searching for missing persons. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NASA "Curiosity" team wins Collier Trophy
    The 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy will be awarded to the NASA/JPL Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Project Team, the National Aeronautic Association announced. The NAA cited the Curiosity team's efforts to land on Mars. AVweb (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Longest-serving Delta pilot retires
    The longest-serving pilot at Delta, Cal Flanigan is retiring after 37 years -- he is turning 65, the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots. "It's a career that has exceeded my wildest dreams," Flanigan said. He plans to keep his pilot's license active in retirement and fly his own plane. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • What do I need to log?
    Someone asked Kathy Yodice, an attorney and counsel to AOPA, about choosing a logbook. She looked around for the types of logbooks that were available and quickly became overwhelmed with the possibilities. There are logbooks with hard covers and with soft covers, pocket-size and notebook size, custom-made, every color imaginable, the bare minimum of columns and too many columns, pre-printed endorsements and on and on the choices go. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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