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March 6, 2013
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  • AOPA's Fuller: FAA sequestration cuts not safe or sensible
    AOPA President Craig Fuller on March 6 leveled sharp criticism at the sequestration cuts planned by the Obama administration and the Federal Aviation Administration, suggesting that the decision to close control towers and scale back aviation services constitutes a risk to aviation safety. "The White House budget office has forced troubling, and possibly dangerous, cuts on the FAA," Fuller said. "It doesn't have to be that way. Rational savings can be found, and we are ready to work with the FAA and the Department of Transportation to build workable solutions." AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GA confused over sequestration details: As the Federal Aviation Administration works to cut $600 million from the rest of its 2013 budget, speculation still remains about where and when those cuts will be made. AOPA's Craig Fuller wrote in a blog post, "we have yet to see a comprehensive sequestration plan and timetable." AviationWeek.com/AWIN First (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • GAO: Government officials paid for personal travel
    The U.S. Attorneys General and the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation followed federal rules and reimbursed the government for their personal travel in government aircraft, according to a performance audit conducted by the Government Accountability Office. Due to security reasons, all AGs and FBI directors are required to use government aircraft for personal travel. AIN Online (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2012 was a banner year for records
    Most years, the list of memorable records according to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale are incremental gains in speed and altitude, but in 2012, they were powered by a sense of adventure. Records set last year include Felix Baumgartner's 4-minute, 20-second, 119,431-foot freefall that topped out at 843 mph and the 1-minute, 5.1 second flight of the Gamera II, the University of Maryland's human-powered helicopter. Jetwhine.com (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The March issue of AOPA Pilot has a story on Tecnam's latest version of the P92 LSA, which sports a tailwheel. Would you consider buying a tailwheel as your recreational aircraft of choice?
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  Airport Focus 
 
  • N.C. tower set to close due to budget cuts
    The American Association of Airport Executives reports that the the air traffic control tower at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, N.C., will close April 7 due to federal budget cuts. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, affected airports can appeal a closing if they can show that their tower serves a "national interest." Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
 
  • Honeywell predicts growth in demand for helicopters
    Honeywell predicts worldwide demand for civilian-use helicopters will rise over the next five years. "Supporting the growth numbers is the fact that helicopter usage for corporate, oil and gas, utility and training missions is improving, which shows that helicopters are value-add aircraft in today's business environment," said Brian Sill, vice president of Honeywell aftermarket helicopter sales. AIN Online (3/5), AOPA Online (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AgustaWestland unveils electric tiltrotor at Heli-Expo
    AgustaWestland unveiled its unmanned electric tiltrotor, which features independently-powered twin rotors, at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. "We strongly believe in the tiltrotor concept as the future of high speed rotorcraft flight as it offers much greater speed and range than compound helicopter technology," said CEO Daniele Romiti. AVweb (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Students impressed by female aerobatic pilot
    Aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff impressed a group of 31 girls from St. Augustine High School's Aerospace Academy in presentation at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport. "Patty is exactly who we want these young ladies to meet," said Gail Cullum, academy director. "She's amazing, and she's accomplished so much." The St. Augustine Record (Fla.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • March IA renewals will require documentation of activity
    Aviation mechanics with inspection authorization (IA) must renew their certificates by March 31, and AOPA is reminding members who must renew that under a new FAA policy certificate holders must show that they have been "actively engaged" in the work. The FAA published a notice of policy on Aug. 4, 2011, to clarify what qualifies as "actively engaged" concerning IA re-certification eligibility. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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