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October 1, 2012
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  • Opinion: General aviation is a valuable asset to local economies
    In Oklahoma, the network of airplanes and airports is a valuable asset to local economies, supporting jobs and aiding industry, Brent Kisling writes. The general aviation industry accounts for $1.2 billion in the state and employs more than 144,000 workers. Community airports "play a vital role in public safety," supporting law enforcement, the fire department and emergency medical teams, he writes. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Blogger testifies before Congress about aviation user fees
    On behalf of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, blogger Brad Pierce testified before the U.S. Congress Committee on Small Business on aviation user fees. "My testimony focused on the important role general aviation has played to help build my business, increase our sales despite a sluggish economy, and hire additional employees," Pierce writes. Read Brad in Motion blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Old case hampers Hawker Beechcraft's bankruptcy proceedings
    A legal battle involving false statements and misrepresentations that former employees claim were made by Hawker Beechcraft is hampering the company's bankruptcy proceedings. Under the False Claims Act, former employees of a subcontractor of Hawker Beechcraft filed suit against the company more than five years ago and the case still has not been resolved. The 151-page complaint, which alleges misrepresentations induced the government to accept planes in suspect condition, sets damages at more than $763 million. Yahoo!/The Associated Press (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Poll question: How are your IFR flying skills?
    Check out poll results in Wednesday's eBrief. 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 
  • N.D. airfields are taken over by jets
    With the rise in oil activity, small airfields, built decades ago in western North Dakota for crop sprayers and single-engine planes, are now servicing business jets and turboprops. The Federal Aviation Administration has warned pilots to use the airports at their own risk. "The airport is going to hell," said Clarence Schollmeyer, the Killdeer airport's volunteer manager. "We're seeing Lears and Citations (jets). It takes a nervy pilot to get one of those in here." Jamestown Sun (N.D.)/The Associated Press (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • City Council in Tenn. looks to compromise on airport plan
    The Murfreesboro City Council in Tennessee is determined to compromise on the city's airport plan that would lengthen the runway, improving safety and expanding airport use. "I think there is room for compromising," said Councilman Eddie Smotherman who had voted to reject a previous plan to extend the runway. A public hearing will be held Oct. 18. The Daily News (Memphis, Tenn.) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Life Flight celebrates 30th anniversary
    In the past 30 years, Life Flight has transported over 27,000 patients. UMass Memorial Medical Center is celebrating the 30th anniversary of New England's first hospital-based air ambulance. The Life Flight program is housed at UMass Memorial's University Campus. "We think the service we provide is absolutely essential for the region," said Daniel Meisels, director of emergency medical services. Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • LightSquared presents new proposal to FCC
    Hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone has a new proposal for the Federal Communications Commission, which he hopes will end LightSquared's GPS interference-related troubles. Reportedly, LightSquared also plans to ask to extend exclusive rights in order to propose a reorganization plan. Engadget (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • 2 female pilots start new flight school
    Pilots Lacey Mayer and Faith Drewry have founded FL Aviation Center at Tallahassee Regional Airport. The school will provide flight instruction, aircraft rentals, aerial photography and supplies for pilots. "We are both fairly new to Tallahassee, and we felt as the new people, if we saw this need in town, then there was a hole or gap that could be filled," Drewry said. The women also want to convince other women that a career in aviation is an option, and have plans for an aviation curriculum at Florida State University School and at Tallahassee Community College. Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (subscription required) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • La. pilot turns personal artifacts into private aviation museum
    Named after Charles Lindbergh, Charlie Lindy Hammonds also has an enthusiasm for aircraft and aviation that runs deep. Hammonds collected memorabilia from each flight experience, starting with his first at 16. His private family museum in his former home near the Houma airbase offers many displays of aircraft models, a book signed by the crew members of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo and tapestries dating to the 1920s. The museum is private, but admission can be gained by making a personal request. Daily Comet (Thibodaux, La.) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Medical applications switch to MedXPress
    The paper version of the FAA airman medical application was retired as of today and going forward, all medical applications will be completed online. FAA says the move will result in greater efficiency in how it manages and processes airman medical records, which will ultimately improve on the time it takes to approve deferred medical applications. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pilot Chews help fight fatigue
    Say goodbye to pilot fatigue and fly safer with Pilot Chews. AOPA members save 20% on their first Pilot Chews purchase. They are designed to give you more energy, increased alertness, faster reflexes, improved memory, maximized night vision, and other benefits. Works in 20 minutes and tastes like candy! Join the tens of thousands that are benefiting from Pilot Chews. Enjoy free shipping on orders over $50. AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts Program LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA's Craig Fuller responds to Aero-News
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