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November 12, 2012
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  • Airlines expect severe pilot shortage
    Federal mandates taking effect next year and a new safety rule to take effect in 2014 are expected to result in the most severe pilot shortage for U.S. airlines since the 1960s. The mandate requires pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of experience, raising the cost of training. The new requirements do not affect pilots of on-demand charters or business jets. The Wall Street Journal (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AOPA CEO: Election night proves to be important victory for GA
    According to CEO Craig Fuller, a new survey by AOPA shows a dramatic increase of support for general aviation from 2008 to 2012. "What I believe the survey shows very clearly is that America's voters place a higher value on general aviation in 2012 than they did in 2008," writes Fuller. AOPA Online (11/12)
  • Piper celebrates its 75th birthday with vintage aircraft show
    Piper Aircraft celebrated its 75th anniversary by rolling out more than 50 vintage aircraft. At its headquarters in Vero Beach, Fla., the company had an example of nearly every airplane it had ever made, including an early C65 Cub and a few new-production Legend Cubs on floats. AVweb (11/11) 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?
    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.
I expect him to pay more attention to GA issues
I expect him to pay less attention to GA issues
I expect no changes from him on GA issues

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  Airport Focus 
  • Wildlife poses problems for B.C. airport
    Northern Rockies Regional Airport in Fort Nelson, B.C., is seeking federal funding for a fence to keep moose and other wildlife away from the airport. "I've seen moose right up at the terminal building and deer right on the apron. It's indicative of the country we're in," said airport manager Jim Ogilvie. Currently, the airport normally uses "bangers and screamers" to chase animals away, he said. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (11/11)
  Helicopter News 
  • Coast Guard helicopter rescues 2 men from Lake Erie
    A Michigan-based Coast Guard helicopter rescued two men from Lake Erie on Sunday, after their boat capsized east of Toledo, Ohio. The men, who had been able to call 911, were spotted by the helicopter hanging on to the stern of the boat with their life jackets on. Monroe News (Mich.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Korean War ace set to "fly west"
    A double ace in the Korean War, Ralph Parr is one of the most decorated pilots in U.S. military history. Now, terminally ill with cancer, Parr is set follow his friend Frederick "Boots" Blesse and "fly west," as military aviators say when a pilot is near death. "A glorious chapter in aviation history is coming to a close. With modern technology, we will not see the like of Ralph Parr and Boots Blesse again," said Gary Baber, a friend and former pilot who served in Vietnam. San Antonio Express-News (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senior pilots know the secret to staying young
    They call themselves UFOs -- United Flying Octogenarians. The group, comprised of some 1,200 pilots over the age of 80, knows that the secret to staying young is flying high. They host fly-ins around the world, and recently received the Turn Back Time award for challenging aging stereotypes at a Florida retirement center. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  AOPA News 
  • New home for early "Air Force One"?
    A former presidential aircraft, possibly the first to fly under the call sign "Air Force One," remains in private hands, though the owners are eager to find a more appropriate home for the old Lockheed Constellation. AOPA Online.
  • Airspeed Junkie offers AOPA members a 10% discount
    AOPA members also enjoy free shipping and enjoy totally unique items not found anywhere else. Why be boring? AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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