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April 25, 2012
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  • AERO 2012 provides showcase for general aviation
    The AERO 2012 trade show last week in Friedrichshafen, Germany, highlighted the future of general aviation. "We are very pleased with how the show went," said Jeff Johnson, global event manager for Cirrus Aircraft. "Our new model, the SR22 GTS, attracted a lot of visitors." AERO is one of the largest shows for general aviation in Europe. (Australia) (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Cessna reportedly hits snag in certifying Skycatchers in Europe
    Cessna has put sales of its Skycatcher on hold in Europe after running into certification delays from the European Aviation Safety Agency, this feature says, citing the Wichita Business Journal. The light sport aircraft doesn't require a type or production certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration to be sold in the U.S., but the European agency requires both FAA certificates. AVweb (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Poll: AOPA is sponsoring a Keep 'em Flying Challenge to get pilots in the air this summer. Would you be interested in participating?
    Yes  83.18%
    No  16.82%
    AOPA's Keep 'em Flying Challenge, which runs through July 31, encourages pilots fly five hours as pilot in command to at least five airports more than 50 miles from the departure facility, and complete one Air Safety Institute online course. AOPA Online.
When it comes to aircraft insurance, one size does not fit all. AOPA Insurance Agency will provide you with the best advice on aircraft insurance, as well as a quick, easy, no-obligation quotes. Get the coverage you need and personal service you deserve. Call 800-622-AOPA or visit for your free quote.
  Airport Focus 
  • Employees aim to purchase FBO at N.H. airport
    The fixed-base operator at Lebanon Municipal Airport in New Hampshire could soon change hands. Two employees are trying to purchase Signal Aviation by the end of June. Jason Archambeault, director of maintenance, and Greg Soho, vice president, have put in a bid to become the new owners of the company. WPTZ-TV (Burlington, Vt.) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • New Mexico CAP squadron offers education in aviation
    The Socorro Composite Squadron in Socorro, N.M., offers aviation experience for students and adult volunteers through the Civil Air Patrol. "It's a really good educational experience," said Ian Hayhurst, a cadet in seventh grade. "I get the chance to learn about aviation history and aeronautics. We learn things from the ground up -- all the parts of a plane, how to prepare for a flight, safety, you name it." El Defensor Chieftain (Socorro, N.M.) (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Honor Flight flies WWII veterans from Illinois to Washington
    A group of World War II veterans from Illinois are traveling to Washington on a trip through Honor Flight Chicago. "It's an honor and I'm looking forward to seeing the monuments at Washington, D.C.," said Army veteran Irving Kannett, 90. "My last trip to Washington, D.C., was 30 years ago and the memorials were not up then.", lll. (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Labor of love: Sugar Valley Airport unveils fire circle
    Thousands of bricks and many hours of sweat equity went into the construction of a fire circle at Sugar Valley Airport in Mocksville, N.C. -- but the result is a work of art that is meant to be enjoyed by everyone. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ThunderBolt International special offer
    The world's leading hand-held storm- and lightning-detection technology provides real-time advanced warning within a 75-plus mile radius. It's the perfect gift of safety. Take advantage of this special value offer for AOPA members and their families, which includes free shipping (within the United States) plus $50 off select models (Utility, X1). AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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