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November 29, 2012
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Which Life Insurance Companies are friendly to Pilots?—Just a handful and they change often. Most agents don't understand aviation and life insurance. Pilots are often quoted incorrectly for aviation coverage. As pilots, we know Aviation Life Insurance and will quote your aviation activities correctly. Call (800) 380-8376 or visit
  Aviation Update 
  • Acting FAA chief is cleared for confirmation
    Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., blocked final confirmation for acting Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta after a Senate committee approved Huerta for the job in July. DeMint's objection has been lifted, and Huerta's nomination is clear to move forward. AVweb (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • American Airlines goes social
    Airplane Geeks talks to guest Jon Bird, creative manager for social media for American Airlines, about the airline's social presence. Also featured are a ride in an RAAF C-130H over Sydney, the X-14 Ultralight and Hirobo's one-man battery-powered helicopter. Airplane Geeks Podcast (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Your old used headset has trade-in value on our new Zulu.2 or Sierra. See our Trade Up Program and discover how easy it is to own the headset most pilots prefer. You get an incredible headset at a great price from a company that’s committed to aviation. Quiet & clarity never felt so comfortable.
  Airport Focus 
  • Landing fees increase for commercial, private aircraft in Aspen
    County commissioners voted Wednesday for a 5% increase in landing fees at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Colorado for both commercial airlines and private aircraft. Charging landing fees for GA has been a long tradition in Aspen. "I think when I flew in here as a private pilot in 1978, they were charging landing fees," said Jim Elwood, the airport's director of aviation. "It was a philosophical decision to have all users of the airport help fund it." The Aspen Times (Colo.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Runways are active at Conn. airport after storm
    The runways are again busy with planes taking off and landing at Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Connecticut, but lighting and navigation gear has yet to be repaired after Superstorm Sandy. Airport Manager John Ricci said that both runways were covered with water from the storm, and two of three navigational aids still require repair. Illumination lights on one of the runways sustained saltwater damage. Daily Journal (Franklin/Greenwood, Ind.)/The Associated Press (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Penn State's Online Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting. Knowing the weather should be part of every flight plan. Whether you pilot your own aircraft, are a weather enthusiast, or a weather-related industry professional, this program is a great way to enhance your hobby or career. Enroll in Penn State's Online Certificate in Weather Forecasting.
  Helicopter News 
BEND UP A RENTAL PLANE AND YOU COULD GO BROKE. Most pilots are shocked to learn their FBO's insurance doesn't cover them. Damage a rental, you'll likely still pay for repairs. Worse, you could be sued if you injure someone. Avemco Non-Owned Insurance protects you from these financial catastrophes. Get your no-obligation quote.
  Avionics & Technology 
  • FAA acknowledges UAVs pose privacy, safety issues
    In a letter to members of Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration acknowledged the need to address privacy and safety concerns that accompany an increasing number of unmanned aerial vehicles flying in U.S. airspace. Gretchen West, executive vice president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, asserts that the FAA's mandate is to create safety in the skies, not protect personal privacy. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Discover How To Use Your Airplane for Business. Learn the many business advantages of using your airplane for business by downloading this FREE report. NBAA outlines best practices and strategies for increasing your company’s productivity and efficiency with your personal airplane. Download your FREE copy now!
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Retired commercial pilot volunteers to provide hope
    Henry Ilg is a retired Air Canada pilot who now flies on-call for Hope Air, a Canadian charity that organizes free flights for people in need of medical treatment. Ilg, who began volunteering his time for the charity in 2009, has completed 12 flights for Hope Air. Ilg says that while he would go flying anyway, working with the charity "is a reason now to go flying — it has become my hobby." The Province (Vancouver, British Columbia) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Training News 
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  Policy Watch 
  • Bloomberg: FAA should close underutilized airport towers
    A Bloomberg editorial suggests that the federal government can save $10 million a year if it does not keep underused Federal Aviation Administration towers open around the clock. According to Bloomberg's investigation, one-third of airport towers and radar rooms don't have enough traffic to justify being operated on a 24-7 basis. It found that 102 towers out of 294 meet criteria for partial closing. Bloomberg (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Check out the AOPA holiday gift guide
    Look to the AOPA holiday gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for the aviator in your life. Vendors include: Comm1; DuraCharts;; Pilot Chews; the AOPA Store; and an AOPA gift membership. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA job of the day: Web developer, eMedia
    The Web Developer role is responsible for managing current applications and development of new applications within the eMedia department at AOPA. We need a developer with a high comfort level in learning and managing code written by others and the ability to plan and develop new code. The ideal candidate will be comfortable multi-tasking and interacting with other team members and vendors to develop leading edge technology for the flying community. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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