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October 8, 2012
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  • Aerial photographer gets bird's-eye view
    Photographer Rick Cinclair writes about shooting the bird's-eye view. But, he says, the most exciting stories are those that focus on the plane or pilot. "Sitting in the front seat, I could shoot over my shoulder and see the pilot, Steve Pennypacker, flying from the rear seat. As he went through a series of rolls, dives, and loops, G-forces caused the camera to alternate between being weightless in my hands and feeling like a cinder block against my face." Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • House panel chairman comes out against proposed GA user fee
    At a recent hearing held by the House Small Business Committee, chairman Rep. Sam Graves R-Mo., came out strongly against the proposed GA user fee. "Some people involved in general aviation believe that since the proposed fee applies only to turbine-powered aircraft, the proposal should not be a concern for most general aviation pilots. But many argue that is not the case," writes Charles Spence. General Aviation News/Capital Comments blog (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GE Aviation increases presence in Ohio
    GE Aviation is continuing to expand its footprint in Ohio. It is hiring for its Vandalia plant and is investing $51 million in the Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center at the University of Dayton. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • If you could bid in an aviation charity auction, what would be your top pick?
    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 
  • Chartered jet service lands at W.V. airport
    Upshur County Regional Airport in West Virginia is getting a chartered jet service. Mountain Air Services will now offer a charter service. The company, which started in 2001 to support the aerial image collection of the forest industry, provides a number of services within the aviation industry. "You know if we have the airplanes, and we have the pilots, and we have a mechanic why not go ahead and do a 135 operation, which is a charter service," said company owner Michael McWhorter. The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • New medevac helicopters for Md. State Police Aviation Command
    The first of 10 new $12.6 million AugustaWestland AW139 medevac helicopters was received by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Maryland State Police Aviation Command. "The most sacred responsibility any government holds is to protect the lives of its citizens and it is a statewide effort. It involves partnership at every level and no partners are more courageous or more important than our first responders – our firefighters, our paramedics, our local and state police officers. You cannot be expected to do your job alone. You should expect the rest of us to step up and support you with the best equipment, the best technology and the safest equipment that we can possibly obtain. That's why we have chosen to invest $121 million for 10 new state of the art helicopters that will replace our current fleet," O'Malley said. The Bay Net (Hollywood, Md.) (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • New sunglasses enhance color vision
    A new line of sunglasses has been introduced to enhance color vision. Better Color Vision glasses by EnChroma, an optics company that specializes in products for people who are color-vision-efficient, feature an optical coating designed to filter wavelengths of light responsible for color confusion. General Aviation News (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
Download NBAA's State Aviation Tax White Paper. With specific regulations for each state, ensuring awareness and compliance with all the laws can be a daunting task. That's why NBAA assembled a comprehensive State Aviation Tax Report.
  AOPA News 
  • Direct to Summit, please!
    As thousands of pilots and enthusiasts prepare to depart for Palm Springs, Calif., to attend AOPA Aviation Summit, attendees can look forward to seeing dozens of aircraft, more than 400 exhibit booths, and nearly 100 hours of seminars. AOPA Online LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parade of Planes streamed live
    Catch the Parade of Planes on Oct. 10 live in person in Palm Springs, Calif., at 10 a.m. Pacific, or tune in online to AOPA Live. AOPA will be streaming the parade at while AOPA President Craig Fuller and AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines provide expert commentary. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alamo offer for AOPA members
    Save up to 25% on your next rental with Alamo! Don't miss out on all of the discounts and special offers from leading aviation and non-aviation companies available through the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts Program LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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