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April 2, 2012
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There are over 200 Life Insurance Companies in the USA – How many are friendly to Pilots? - Just a handful. Do most agents know which ones? – NO. We Do. Get the information you need and the right policy for your family’s protection. Pilot Insurance Center.  (800) 380-8376 or visit
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  • Lawmaker holds meeting on user fees at Sun 'n Fun
    Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., led a town hall meeting at Sun 'n Fun on Saturday to discuss aviation issues. Graves, who is a pilot, said the congressional general aviation caucus is opposed to the Obama administration's proposal for $100 user fees. "This is an issue that we will continue to fight," he said. "It will destroy general aviation." The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (3/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Poll: Do you use flight following on VFR cross-country flights?
    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 
  • Ohio airport's closure means end to "unique lifestyle," pilots say
    The closure of Cincinnati-Blue Ash Airport will change the flavor of the region, pilots and supporters say. "The people who come here are adventurous and have a unique lifestyle, and having those people in your community changes the community," said pilot Ted Catino. "Lose the airport, and they'll go elsewhere." The Ohio airport is scheduled to shut its doors in June. (4/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. airport looks to the future with spaceflight, drones
    Front Range Airport in Colorado could see new development as the state prepares for a possible future as a spaceport state. Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to designate Colorado as a spaceport state. Separately, business groups are also trying to certify the airport as a pilot test site for unmanned aerial vehicles. The Denver Post (4/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Russian Helicopters looks beyond Russia for orders
    Russian Helicopters increased production from 85 to 262 helicopters between 2004 and 2011. The company has started exporting helicopters to India and other countries. "We are preparing to sign a number of contracts with Italy-based Avio," said Andrei Reus, the chairman of Russian Helicopters and director general of parent company Oboronprom. AIN Online (4/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Bluetooth Cell Phone/Music Adapter for Any Headset. Already own a headset but wish you could use your cell phone and music devices with it? The Pilot BluLink™ gives you wireless connectivity from your phone to your headset using state of the art Bluetooth technology. Say goodbye to tucking your cell phone under your headset, tangled cords and adapters in the cockpit!
  Avionics & Technology 
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Kentucky teen completes first solo flight
    High-school student Brianna Bentley, 18, recently flew her first solo flight. The Kentucky teen plans to pursue flying as a career. "I can't imagine doing something that I hate for the rest of my life," she said. "So having the opportunity to become a pilot and fly is a dream come true and I feel really lucky." Bentley has been accepted as a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.)/Appalachian News-Express (4/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio pilot, 76, volunteers for Young Eagles
    Pilot Joseph Lipovits, 76, shares his love of flight by volunteering for the Young Eagles program. "Sometimes we have as many as 50 kids go up in one day. I usually take three kids at a time," he said. Lipovits generally flies out of the Columbia Station airport in Ohio. Sun News (Cleveland) (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • AOPA kicks off national Keep 'em Flying Challenge
    While AOPA has numerous initiatives under way to grow the pilot population and support general aviation flying, the most visible over the next few months is the Keep 'em Flying Challenge that provides a series of rich prizes to GA pilots who get out and fly this spring and summer. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rare rides, new flying challenge
    Take a ride in the only flying Boeing B-29, learn about AOPA's new Keep 'em Flying Challenge to encourage pilots to take to the skies this spring and summer, and find out how a mission organization will be getting lift in the Bahamas. AOPA Live. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • P-51, DC-3 emerge as "Challenge" finalists
    The Douglas DC-3 win sets up the dream contest of AOPA's Favorite Aircraft Challenge between it and the powerful P-51 Mustang. Vote today to help determine the winner! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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