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November 14, 2012
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  • Looking on the positive side of GA
    With general aviation in a slump, it's important to focus on the positive, writes blogger Jamie Beckett. "General aviation is one of the most exciting, life-affirming activities any of us has ever encountered, yet so many of us air our grievances so often, we are sending a strong negative signal to those who might otherwise want to join us," he writes. General Aviation News/Politics for Pilots blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Cessna, AVIC set to close deal for Chinese market
    Cessna Aircraft and the Aviation Industry Corp. of China are nearly ready to close a deal that would provide Cessna's Caravan airplanes for the Chinese market. According to Cessna CEO Scott Ernest, the Caravan is well suited to China. Ernest says Cessna "might transfer some part of the manufacturing" eventually, but not all of it. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chinese business jet unveiled: Aviation Industry Corp. of China unveiled the "China New Generation Business Jet" at Airshow China 2012, taking place in a southern province of China. According to the company, they are building "a high-end large business jet with long range, a large cabin and high cruise speed." AIN Online (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected, how responsive do you think he will be to general aviation issues in his second term?
    I expect him to pay less attention to GA issues  53.68%
    I expect no changes from him on GA issues  38.30%
    I expect him to pay more attention to GA issues  8.01%
    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.
  Airport Focus 
  • Officials call Okla. airport an example of wasteful spending
    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says that the Federal Aviation Administration has given Lake Murray State Park Airport $750,000 in the past five years, though the airstrip mostly sits empty. "It's an example of the stupidity from Washington," said Coburn. Local tourism officials have tried to shut down the airport several times, but each request was rejected by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. KOKH-TV (Oklahoma City) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • NASA tests rotor landing system for spacecraft
    NASA is looking into a spacecraft that could land like a helicopter when returning to Earth. The rotor landing system, recently tested by NASA at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, could replace standard ocean splashdowns. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Helicopter harvests Christmas trees in Ore.
    Helicopter harvesting allows an Oregon farmer to cut Christmas trees at the last moment, ensuring maximum freshness. "We've had as many as 14,000 trees a day harvested by one helicopter," said Bob Schaefer, general manager of Noble Mountain Tree Farm. Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • Project aims to fund brain-piloted helicopter
    Puzzlebox is looking for funding for a small helicopter called Orbit, which can be piloted by brain waves. The San Francisco-based company launched a Kickstarter project on Thursday. "We envision the Puzzlebox Orbit being used for entertainment, personal training of mental focus or relaxation, and as an aid to teaching science and technology from middle school through to university level," developers wrote on the Kickstarter page. Mashable (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rockwell Collins launches HGS app
    A free application for the Apple iPad allows users to play with the features of Rockwell Collins' head-up guidance system. "This app is meant for anyone, including current or future pilots, aircraft owners, passengers and any aviation enthusiast who wants to see what it's like to fly with HGS," said Colin Mahoney, vice president for commercial systems at Rockwell Collins. Flying online (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Georgia pilot recognized with safety award
    Lester Davis of Cartersville, Ga., has been a pilot since 1946, maintaining his record of safety all that time. He was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in September, which recognizes pilots with 50 years or more of safe flight operations. The 86-year-old has also passed his love of flying to his children and grandchildren and continues to fly when they accompany him. The Daily Tribune News (Cartersville, Ga.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • Get discounts on Ball Watches
    BALL Watch USA offers a 15% discount on any BALL Watch for AOPA members at participating authorized dealers. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EA+ comes to the rescue after member has motorcycle accident in Laos
    Many people are surprised at how costly a medical emergency can be, especially out of the country. That's why programs such as AOPA Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+) are so important. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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