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February 27, 2013
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  • Budget cuts could affect GA, close towers at small airports
    Facing imminent budget cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration said it plans to give priority to 77 "core" facilities, but air control towers at 238 smaller airports would most likely be closed. "It was clear at the meeting that the brunt of the cuts were at the cost of general aviation (private and business aircraft), and the agency even recognized that," said AOPA's Melissa Rudinger. According to the FAA, the number of takeoffs and landings would be affected, but the agency will not forgo safety. CNN (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sequestration could hurt navaid availability: In addition to the threat to air traffic control towers, sequestration would have far-reaching impacts in other areas as well. Maintenance of system infrastructure would be drastically curtailed. Only VORs scheduled to remain in long-term operation as part of the Minimum Operating Network would be repaired in the event of an outage. Other navaids -- and the procedures associated with them -- would remain unavailable after an outage. Flight service and FAA-sponsored DUAT flight planning services would be spared immediate cuts, but remain vulnerable later. AOPA Online (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Beechcraft works to shed Hawker business-jet line
    Now that Beechcraft Corp. has exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it has to sell its closed Hawker business-jet line and focus on maintaining its existing fleet of piston and turboprop aircraft. According to CEO Bill Boisture, there has been considerable interest in the Hawker line and the company is considering a number of options. (2/25), AOPA Online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • How much flying do you expect to do in 2013 versus 2012?
    I plan to fly more  50.56%
    I plan to fly about the same amount  32.43%
    I plan to fly less  17.01%
    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.
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  Airport Focus 
  • Quiet Skies Coalition questions regional classification of N.Y. airport
    East Hampton Airport in New York was recently reclassified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a "regional" airport -- a step above its previous "local" designation. Kathleen Cunningham, chairwoman of the Quiet Skies Coalition, said the implication "is that safety standards for a regional airport will be stiffer and more expensive to comply with than for a local or basic airport. We do not know where East Hampton may stand in the certification process, but such added expense, like the added expense of operating a permanent control tower, will feed [Councilman Dominick] Stanzione's argument for the need to take FAA funding and 20 more years of restrictive grant assurances." Hampton, N.Y. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
WingX Pro7 adds Track Up – now on iPad Mini!  Rotate the sectionals the way you want them.  The World's #1 Top Grossing Navigation iPad app now has Track Up!  WingX Pro7 rotates all airport, VOR, and fix identifiers right-way up for easy reading - it's so good that you'll forget your looking at a rotated sectional!
  Helicopter News 
  • Helicopter certification standards could be rewritten
    The Federal Aviation Administration issued a request for public comments about whether it should revise the maximum weight and passenger-seat capacity for helicopters in Parts 27 and 29 of the Federal Aviation Regulations to make airworthiness standards "more efficient and adaptable to future technology." Under the current regulations, helicopters that weigh more than 7,000 pounds or have 10 or more passenger seats fall under the Part 29 certification category. AIN Online (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Rules under consideration for UAS airspace regulations
    In a recent briefing, NASA's Edgar Waggoner described the major guidance documents that are in development to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. airspace. Rules under consideration include a requirement for UAS operators to file and fly instrument flight plans and that aircraft must be equipped with transponders. AIN Online (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aviation explores new ways of saving fuel and planet
    To reduce fuel bills and address concerns over global warming, the airline industry is taking another look at the old technology of propeller-driven planes. Rolls-Royce's open-rotor design is touted for its potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10,000 tons annually per plane. And the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it has a prototype of an entire aircraft that can reduce fuel consumption by 40%. CleanTechnica (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
GoPro Hero3 Cameras — Now at Sporty's!
You’ve seen them everywhere, from snowboarders to skydivers—GoPro cameras are changing the way people share their passion. Now you can use this revolutionary camera to record and share your next flying adventure, whether it’s a first solo or a memorable cross country. The Hero3 is quite simply the smallest, lightest and most powerful video camera available.
  AOPA News 
  • People, device and content solutions from Frontier Secure
    Free yourself from PC problems. Who's got time to waste on computer concerns when there's so much of life to live? Frontier Secure frees you from computer-related downtime, so you can have more you-time. Join AOPA or Log in to take advantage of this offer! AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA job of the day: major gifts officer, West Coast region (Calif., Ariz., Wash.)
    The major gifts officer for the AOPA Foundation qualifies, contacts, and cultivates potential donors from prospect pool of AOPA members and other interested parties. Other duties include: review prospect pool and develops relationships by submitting proposals to prospective donors; make effective face-to-face presentation to donors and prospects; effectively secure major gifts; and establish and support fundraising events for president and senior management. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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