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April 19, 2012
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  • Cessna could acquire assets from Hawker Beechcraft: Cessna Aircraft is interested in acquiring assets from a restructuring of Hawker Beechcraft, said Scott Donnelly, CEO of Textron, Cessna's parent company. Donnelly made the remarks during a first-quarter earnings call for Textron. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
 
  • Blog: Cirrus Vision will offer "easy transition" for pilots
    Blogger Robert Goyer says the Cirrus Vision single-engine jet will be easy for pilots to fly without requiring a multiengine rating. "I have very little doubt that it will be an easy transition for pilots who are already proficient in the SR22, an airplane that features nearly all of the advanced features of the SF50 save the pressurization and retractable landing gear," he writes. Flying online (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Airport Focus 
 
  • Texas airport sees boost from oil industry
    Midland International Airport in Texas continues to see healthy growth from the oil industry in the region. In March, fuel sales increased by 23.2% on a year-over-year basis, boosted by general aviation, airlines and cargo aircraft. The airport is also looking to expand hangar space. Midland Reporter-Telegram (Texas) (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
 
  • Pennsylvania helicopter service offers aerial tours
    Central PA Helicopters opened this month to give aerial tours from South Londonderry Township, Pa. Pilot and owner Jim Sedgwick flies a Bell 206 helicopter. "He's been a pilot for over 20 years," wife Margie said. "He decided he wanted to have the best of both worlds instead of commuting to New York all the time." Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pa.) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
 
  • Sporty's launches wireless weather receiver for iPad
    Sporty's Pilot Shop has unveiled a wire-free receiver for the iPad that delivers weather data. "Stratus delivers exactly what pilots have been asking for -- a simple, smart and subscription-free way to view in-flight weather on their iPad," said John Zimmerman, a vice president at Sporty's. General Aviation News (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
 
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  Training News 
  • Arkansas high school introduces aviation program
    Arkadelphia High School in Arkadelphia, Ark., has introduced an aviation curriculum for students. "The class is taught by a certified flight instructor either on site or from another location," said David Maxwell, principal of the school. Upon graduation, students in the program will have logged 100 flight hours. Siftings Herald (Arkadelphia, Ark.) (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tenn. inner-city-school team is headed for rocketry finals
    A team of students from Wooddale High School in Memphis, Tenn., is heading to the finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge next month. The inner-city school is raising money to pay for the students' trip. "We have kids who are succeeding where people don't expect them to achieve and Memphis should be proud of that," said volunteer Bill Wood. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Lawmaker proposes fatigue rules for cargo pilots
    Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., proposed legislation this week to require cargo operators to adopt the same pilot-fatigue rules as those for passenger pilots. However, the cargo industry says it does not have pilots fly as many hours per month as passenger pilots. "Our segment of the industry is unique and it provides more and longer rest opportunities for its flight-crew members," said Steve Alterman, president of the Cargo Airline Association. USA TODAY (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Calif. airport repairs could squeeze safety
    Flight operations at the Tracy, Calif., Municipal Airport could have a higher risk profile if efforts to fix deteriorating pavement shorten the runways, allowing a reduction in the airport's safety zone. Land-use encroachment is already a problem at Tracy -- and if repairs shorten the runways to less than 4,000 feet, Tracy could be reclassified as a short-runway airport, AOPA cautioned in a letter to City Councilman Stephen Abercrombie. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lightning-detection technology provides advance warning
    The world's leading hand-held storm- and lightning-detection technology provides real-time advanced warning within a 75-plus-mile radius: the perfect gift of safety. A special value offer for AOPA members and their families includes free shipping (within the U.S.) plus $50 off select models (Utility, X1) from ThunderBolt International. AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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