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March 11, 2013
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  • Beechcraft files protest with GAO over Air Force contract
    Beechcraft Corp. filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office over the Air Force's decision to award rival Sierra Nevada, partnered with Brazil-based Embraer, a $427.5  million light air support contract. "Our belief that we have the best aircraft was confirmed by the Air Force rating our aircraft 'exceptional,' and the fact that we are the lower-cost solution was confirmed by the USAF’s public award announcement," said Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • GA is in transition
    Blogger Jamie Beckett writes that general aviation isn't dead, it's in transition. "There is hope for a new tomorrow, with a new population of pilots who have a fresh, vibrant appreciation for GA's role in the US economy, and the world at large," he writes. General Aviation News (3/7) 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?
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  Airport Focus 
  • FAA: Towers will be kept open only due to national interests
    Officials at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida have until Wednesday to respond to the Federal Aviation Administration about why the airport's air traffic control tower should be kept open. "Negative impact on the national interest is the only criterion the FAA will use for deciding to continue services to an airport that falls below the activity threshold," according to a letter from the FAA. Organizers of the Lakeland-based Sun 'n Fun Fly-In say they are set to hire private air traffic controllers if necessary. The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Helicopter News 
Flying IFR? ForeFlight Mobile Pro Is for You
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  Avionics & Technology 
The evolution of myWingMan continues. Support for forward Synthetic Vision when paired with an Attitude & Heading sensor; Flight planning with SID/STARS & Victor/Juliet airways-improvements to myWingMan. Continuing to build success-putting enhanced information right where it belongs. Download at the app store for your free, 60-day trial.
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Professor takes the high road during morning commute
    Pilot and criminal justice professor at Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Andrew Fulkerson takes the high road during his morning commute. Fulkerson travels from his home in Paragould, Ark., to the university in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in his Piper Cherokee Warrior whenever the weather allows. Though flying is a family tradition, Fulkerson said, "I wasn't really flying much until I got the job here. I thought 'This will work real well,' and so I've flown a lot the last few years." Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Anatomy of a flying club
    Look behind the scenes at one of the country's largest flying clubs with Steve Blonstein of California's West Valley Flying Club. West Valley has been in operation for more than 40 years, helping 10,000 members stay involved with aviation. Adam Smith, senior vice president of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community, and Blonstein will discuss the day-to-day operations of the club, which includes a diverse fleet of 40-plus airplanes and instructors, during a webinar at 8 p.m. Eastern on March 20. Register now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exclusive offer for AOPA members from Air Ledger
    Air Ledger develops technological solutions for challenges facing business aviation owners, operators and management companies, with a focus on enhancing owner-manager relations. Receive a two month free trial of their real-time aircraft expense tracking solution. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA job of the day: Director of financial planning and analysis
    The director leads the annual planning and budgeting processes for the Association and all functional areas in collaboration with the leadership team. Monitors, analyzes and reports on performance against the plan to all levels of management and the board and assists leadership in developing plans to deal with performance differences. Ensures financial rigor is applied in making all significant business decisions and that leadership has appropriate visibility to associated financial risks. Identifies and implements improvements in the Association's financial planning, tracking and reporting systems and processes and researches and reports on business opportunities and issues. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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