Nonprofit group offers aviation courses to high school students in Calif. | Southern Airways is a commuter flying service with private flight experience | Startups attract investment from established UAV companies
 
 
June 2, 2015
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Nonprofit group offers aviation courses to high school students in Calif.
Students at Hawthorne High School and DaVinci High School in California are learning to fly thanks to aviation courses provided by the nonprofit Giving Kids Wings Flight Academy. The group was founded in 2009 by social studies teacher and flight instructor Dan Mikkelsen. "I love to see that light bulb go on and hear people say, 'This is something I can actually do,' " says Mikkelsen. Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.) (6/2)
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Southern Airways is a commuter flying service with private flight experience
Southern Airways has found a niche flying passengers to drivable destinations around the south using 9-passenger Cessna 208 Caravan turboprops. The company is focusing on offering a private flying experience to the public, and only flies out of small airports offering minimum hassles. The Daily News (Memphis, Tenn.) (6/2)
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Startups attract investment from established UAV companies
Established unmanned aerial vehicle companies are investing in UAV startups in hopes of benefiting from innovation. They intend to spur new applications, similar to the way mobile phone manufacturers did. The Verge (5/27)
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N.C. airport rejuvenates runway
Rejuvenator product and sealant is being applied to the runway, taxiway and apron at Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field in Elizabethtown, N.C. Paul Rogers, director of aviation services for Trimat Materials Testing Inc., the company overseeing the project, says maintaining the asphalt is far less expensive than resurfacing it. The Fayetteville Observer (N.C.) (5/31)
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ICloth screen wipes are now available for GA pilots
ICloth Avionics' screen display wipes are now available for general aviation and business aircraft pilots. The company says the wipes have been improved to meet the need to remove fingerprints and smudges from flight deck displays as well as tablets. AIN Online (6/1)
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Couple logs 40K nautical miles in 6 years photographing continent from small airplane
Jan and Jay Roode of Johannesburg, South Africa, are the husband and wife team that make up Skyhawk Aerial Photography. Jan learned to fly in 2009 and the couple bought a small airplane; since then, they have logged 40,000 nautical miles photographing the African continent from the sky. "Since Skyhawk, we’ve just about given up international travel to fly over Africa. I wish South Africans would really appreciate how incredibly beautiful and unique Southern Africa is," says Jay Roode. The Daily Mail (London) (6/1)
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New pilot launches helicopter crop dusting company
Paul Peterson completed his first solo helicopter flight in 2013. By November of the same year, he had launched Peterson Aviation, a helicopter crop dusting company based at Rushford Municipal Airport in Minnesota. Peterson says applying agricultural products with a helicopter is more accurate and less dependent on the weather. Fillmore County Journal (Preston, Minn.) (6/1)
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Policy Watch
Routing information released for U.S. Open in Seattle
The Federal Aviation Administration has released a notam outlining air traffic information for the Seattle-Tacoma area in anticipation of increased traffic due to the U.S. Open. AIN Online (6/1)
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Training News
Upset recovery training scholarship available for aviation students, recent graduates
Aviation Performance Solutions based in Mesa, Ariz., is offering a scholarship to its professional pilot upset and recovery training course for students and recent graduates of University Aviation Association degree programs. Applications must be submitted by June 15. AIN Online (6/1)
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Law strengthens tower marking requirements
Pilots in Nebraska will soon have additional protection under a new law that adds teeth to requirements for marking meteorological evaluation towers (METs). AOPA Online.
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Deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary emboli explained
Deep vein thrombosis occurs when blood in a vein becomes stagnant and then clots. Left untreated, it may cause a pulmonary embolus blocking blood flow in the lungs. Learn what to provide to the FAA to get your medical certificate back if you have a deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolus. Read more in this AOPA Pilot Protection Services article.
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