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April 13, 2009
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  • Cirrus Design co-founder Klapmeier discusses general aviation
    Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Design aircraft company, recently discussed the real-world obstacles to the expansion of general aviation, as well as upcoming models for Cirrus, including a new "personal jet" and the problem of icing on small planes. Klapmeier also discussed an entrepreneur's perspective of Wall Street and the passion that has driven his success. Fallows blog (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
2009 marks Goodyear's 100th year of constant innovation and contribution to the aviation industry. From the fabric and tires used on Wright Flyers, to the manufacture of the Corsair FG-1 Fighter aircraft during WWII, or our most recent innovation, the Aluminum Core Bead, Goodyear's rich heritage in aviation has no equal. Learn more.
  Aviation Update 
  • Unleaded zeppelin
    Can a new business soar despite high overhead, stringent regulations and memories of a notorious aviation disaster? That's the question facing Airship Ventures, which offers $500-an-hour tourist flights on a zeppelin built by the company that built the ill-fated Hindenburg. Despite the weak economy, co-founders Brian and Alex Hall hope to add two more of the massive ships to their fleet. "Every day we create memories and smiles," Brian Hall says. "You can't look at our ship and feel grumpy." Small Business (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hawaii's air-tour industry beats 10-year safety average
    Better technology, stepped-up inspections and a greater internal emphasis on safety helped Hawaii's air-tour business log just two accidents last year, beating the 10-year average. "There's been a very concerted effort on safety, more than ever before in the air tour industry, and maybe that's bearing fruit," said Dave Chevalier, owner of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. The Honolulu Advertiser (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Airport Focus 
  • Instrument landing system in store for Alabama airport
    The Northeast Alabama Regional Airport in Gadsden, Ala., is set to receive a new instrument landing system after receiving a $373,000 FAA grant to upgrade its electrical system. The system is expected to be operational by the end of the year, and the airport is developing longer-range plans, including construction of a larger hangar and an apron and taxi area off the airport's shorter runway. The Gadsden Times (Ala.) (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Sikorsky eyes helicopter speed record
    At its Aircraft Development Flight Center in South Florida, Sikorsky Aircraft will attempt to put to rest the notion that helicopters cannot fly faster than 250 mph without spinning out of control. An X2 prototype will be used in the test, which should take place before the end of the year. With a pusher propeller instead of a tail rotor, the X2 is designed to "cruise comfortably" at 287 mph. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eclipse Aviation VP Masefield to return to Pilatus
    Former Eclipse Aviation Vice President of Engineering Oliver Masefield is returning to Pilatus Aircraft in Switzerland, where he previously served as vice president of research and development and created the PC-12 single-engine turboprop. Masefield helped design the technology for the Eclipse 500. (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Passenger helps land King Air following midair tragedy
    A passenger with a pilot's certificate helped avert a tragedy on Sunday by taking the controls of a King Air when the pilot died shortly after takeoff. Three air traffic controllers helped talk the passenger through the steps to land safely at Southwest Florida International Airport, with one controller calling a pilot friend in Connecticut to relay instructions for flying the King Air. The passenger reportedly had been flying since 1990, but was not rated for a twin-engine turboprop like the King Air. Naples Daily News (Fla.) (4/12), Google/The Associated Press (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Airport promotion vital in tough times
    The current economic crisis represents a timely opportunity to reiterate general aviation's contribution to local revenues, which AOPA Vice President of Airport Advocacy Bill Dunn did in addressing a Virginia forum. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fly the Goodyear blimp
    Pitching 30 degrees down is situation normal for Goodyear blimp pilots. Fly along and feel yourself reaching for the armrests in this "AOPA Pilot" video. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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