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February 25, 2013
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  • Bombardier share prices fall after Learjet debut is moved to 2014
    After Montreal-based Bombardier moved back the date for initial deliveries of its Learjet 85 business jet until the summer of 2014, the company's Class B traded shares fell 9.1% in Toronto. Joe Nadol, an analyst at JPMorgan, said the company's longer-term objectives are "more encouraging, but investors will likely view these targets with a healthy degree of skepticism, at least for now." Bloomberg (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • GA keeps Ohio businesses flying high
    Guest columnist Marshall Eichfeld, president of the Ohio Aviation Association, writes that general aviation aircraft are crucial to keeping businesses moving in Ohio. He cites Nextant Aerospace and Flight Options as two companies that make GA accessible to small business and provide jobs to the community. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FAA drops Pearson Field box rule; NPS to reopen Pearson Air Museum
    The so-called Pearson box rule proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration has been dropped, thanks to efforts by local elected officials. The National Park Service is set to reopen the Pearson Air Museum under federal management, to the chagrin of some of the museum's supporters. "I wouldn't put something that's extremely valuable to me in the hands of somebody who has no respect for agreements," said local pilot Juan Brito. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sclair: Putting budget cuts into context
    General Aviation publisher Ben Sclair writes that when faced with a $772 billion deficit, some budget cuts will have to be made. Defense spending cuts could affect the involvement of the Thunderbirds, Blue Angels and F-22 demonstrations in airshows. But, he writes, when faced with growing debt, "I'll take my chances on our country surviving without the Thunderbirds." General Aviation News (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How much flying do you expect to do in 2013 versus 2012?
    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 
  • Budget cuts could close Tenn. airport
    Smyrna Airport is among three Tennessee airports that could have their air control towers closed in the wake of federal budget cuts. The general aviation airport is the busiest in the state, with some 80,000 flight operations in 2012. Up to 200 closures could take place across the country by April 1. The Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Helicopter News 
  • Helicopter rescues woman from Phoenix mountain
    A woman who had climbed almost all the way up Piestewa Peak near Phoenix was hoisted off the mountain by helicopter after the fire department received a distress call. "The pilots and the firefighters together, that is a very technical rescue. They train for these things all the time," said Bruce Haffner of "Good Morning Arizona," who observed the rescue from the Fort McDowell Casino NewsChopper. KTVK-TV (Phoenix) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • Tests are planned for Aerion supersonic airfoil
    Ten flights are planned over the next several weeks to test the refined wing design of Aerion's developmental supersonic business jet. The airfoil section will be attached to the belly of a NASA F-15B in order to test aerodynamics and temperature at speeds up to Mach 2.0. Flying online (2/22), AOPA Online (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Recalling a life in the sky
    Pilot Anna Pennington said, "I can't remember when I wasn't fascinated by airplanes." The 90-year-old recalls her first flying lesson at age 16, and she keeps her membership with the Burgaw, N.C., Chapter 297 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Special message from AOPA President Craig Fuller
    As most of you know, President Barack Obama and Congress are in the throes of debate over federal sequestration, an unusual legislative requirement that dictates across-the-board cuts of $85 billion in federal spending on March 1. The cuts will take place automatically unless Congress acts to stop them. Setting aside the politics that have lead us to this point, the impact on our ability to fly and operate our aircraft in the manner in which we are accustomed could be severely impacted if the sequester takes effect. Our primary interest, as always, is maintaining the freedom of flight for AOPA members. But in this instance, we have another equally important concern: flight safety. AOPA Online (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fuller keynotes Northwest Aviation Conference
    During the Northwest Aviation Conference in Puyallup, Wash., AOPA President Craig Fuller discussed the sequester budget battle in Washington, D.C., and the effect it could have on general aviation. AOPA Live. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TSA chief urged to break security plan impasse
    Restrictive security rules in effect at Colorado's Grand Junction Regional Airport have choked off access to general aviation facilities, killing off businesses and driving other tenants from the premises, said AOPA and elected officials in letters urging the head of the Transportation Security Administration to intercede in stalled local efforts to fix the problem. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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