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December 31, 2012
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  • Cessna bets on market for light and midsize aircraft
    Cessna says it's developing a pipeline of new and updated planes to be ready just in time for the light and midsize markets to grow. "During the downturn, we worked very, very hard to continue new product development. It was important to demonstrate to the market our confidence [in its future]," Cessna executive Brad Thress said. First (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Lithium-battery ICAO regulations to go into effect Tuesday
    Scrutiny of the safety of transporting lithium batteries is intensifying as new International Civil Aviation Organization regulations regarding the transport of lithium batteries go into effect Tuesday and the industry awaits the final report on a United Parcel Service accident caused by a fire in the jet's lithium-battery cargo. The aviation industry would prefer tighter safety regulations. Lithium-battery technology "is going to be part of our lives and transportation, so we need to step up and find a way to appropriately oversee it," said Flight Safety Foundation President Bill Voss. The Wall Street Journal (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • L.A. councilman urges authorities to save aviation mechanics school
    Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti says he will urge the city airport agency and Los Angeles Unified School District to look for ways to keep the popular aviation mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport from shutting down. The school could be shut down or relocated due to budget cuts. "The aviation training program at Van Nuys Airport is a critical asset for Los Angeles," Garcetti said. "I am deeply concerned that it could close." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EAA-hosted website aims to increase safety in GA
    The Type Club Coalition's new website is an initiative by the Experimental Aircraft Association that aims to increase general aviation safety by providing information to pilots about their aircraft. "If the community can work together to eliminate the common mistakes of aircraft operation, type-specific or otherwise, the overall safety of GA will increase substantially," says the group on its website. AVweb (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.H. uses aircraft to patrol highways, operate rescues
    The New Hampshire state police use a helicopter equipped with infrared equipment that enables it to detect a person's body heat in searches and rescues and a Cessna airplane to patrol highways. "There are so many high speeds we've been getting recently, and many of these (drivers) wouldn't be apprehended by conventional radar or laser because of traffic volume," said state police Director Col. Robert Quinn. The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What is your aviation New Year's resolution?
    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 
  • Local airports provide jobs, safety in Mich.
    Local airports and aircraft play an important role in keeping Michigan safe and provide a significant contribution to the state's economy, writes Bob Shafer, outgoing president of the Michigan Aviation Association. "Throughout the state, Michigan's 235 airports play an important role in the economic output and prosperity of area communities," he writes. "Although these benefits are often overlooked by the bureaucrats and politicians in Washington, D.C." The Detroit News (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ga. college could soon offer UAV degree program
    Chad Dennis, a program coordinator with the Georgia Centers of Innovation for Aerospace, has worked for a year to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle degree program at Middle Georgia College. Dennis is also working to ensure Georgia becomes one of the Federal Aviation Administration's six planned UAV test sites. The Macon Telegraph (Ga.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Fla. senior recalls her role in historic aviation
    In 1944, Dora Dougherty was chosen by the Air Force for test pilot school and assigned to a top-secret mission to prove the value of the B-29. "I looked in wonder down her sleek flush-riveted sides, and back, way back, to the graceful curve of the high, vertical fin rudder, 27 feet high, the high tail distinctive among Boeing-built bombers," recalled the 91-year-old. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • AOPA members get FAST discount
    Use FAST aircraft management solution to track due dates for components, all services, ADs, SBs, insurance, bi-annual reviews, medical, and other items. FAST gives AOPA members $30.00 off your initial fee. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty."
--John Selden,
English jurist and scholar

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