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January 5, 2012
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  Aviation Update 
  • Opinion: Predictions are offered for general aviation in 2012
    General-aviation aircraft will face some challenges in 2012, writes Matt Thurber. While larger jets continue to attract investors, "turboprops are attracting little or no new money and will face growing challenges to eventual entry into service," Thurber writes. AIN Online (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. Air Force contract with Sierra Nevada is halted
    The U.S. Air Force issued a temporary halt to a light-air support contract with Sierra Nevada after competitor Hawker Beechcraft filed a lawsuit. "We think we were wrongfully excluded from the competition," Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said. "We don't understand the basis for the exclusion, and frankly, we think we've got the best airplane." The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (1/5), AOPA Online (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Indiana airport ramps up for Super Bowl traffic
    Shelbyville Municipal Airport in Indiana is asking for volunteers to help handle Super Bowl traffic. "The Super Bowl people are expecting as many as 1,000 general-aviation aircraft in the Indianapolis area" over a period up to 11 days, said airport Manager Darrell Shrader. The airport expects up to 800 planes on the ground on Feb. 5, the day of the game. The Shelbyville News (Ind.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • North Carolina airport receives $5.46 million grant
    Concord Regional Airport in North Carolina has received a grant for $5.46 million for improvements. "Concord Regional Airport is one of our state’s busiest general-aviation facilities," said Richard Walls, director of aviation for the state. "The project will allow the airport to further expand its operations and better serve this region." Salisbury Post (N.C.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mississippi airport installs energy-efficient lighting
    Natchez-Adams County Airport in Mississippi has installed LED lights on its airport runway. The airport received funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to install the energy-efficient lights. "This LED system was just approved by the FAA for use, so we are one of the early airports to use it," airport Manager Clint Pomeroy said. The Natchez Democrat (Miss.) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • NextGen could be in for bumpy ride in 2012
    The outlook for the Next Generation Air Transportation System is "unsettled" for 2012, this feature says. The resignation of Randy Babbitt from the Federal Aviation Administration and Henry Krakowski from the Air Traffic Organization may complicate NextGen's future, it says. AIN Online (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Fla. couple seeks to raise organ-donation awareness with flight
    A Florida couple plans to fly from Cape Cod, Mass., to Cape Horn in South America to raise awareness about organ donation. Chris and Corrine McLaughlin are flying a Cessna 172 Hawk XP on the 16,000-mile flight. Chris McLaughlin received a liver donation in 2010 after contracting hepatitis C, and hopes more people will donate organs after hearing his story. "Organ donation should be a matter of routine," he said. Naples Daily News (Fla.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Training News 
  • Alabama college's aviation program flies high
    Enrollment has taken off for aviation programs at Enterprise State Community College in Alabama. The enrollment has grown by 374% since 2005 at the college, which offers training at several locations in the state. "We have people from Texas and Arizona wanting to hire our graduates," said Deidre Frith, who is the director of marketing and media relations. The Dothan Eagle (Ala.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • Thielert ADs revised
    The FAA has proposed allowing 600 flight hours, instead of 100 hours, to complete rail pressure control valve airworthiness directive requirements for certain Thielert Aircraft Engines. Download the AD. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Airspeed Junkie discount for AOPA members
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