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January 29, 2013
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  • Airplanista: AOPA is A-OK!
    Airplanista blogger Dan Pimentel says he's not shy about showing his support for all the good work done by AOPA. He spotlights Kristen Seaman, AOPA'S communications coordinator, as just one of the many people at the organization's headquarters who not only advocate tirelessly for pilots, but are pilots themselves. Airplanista blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Okla. gets an airplane that is configured for medical emergencies
    McAlester, Okla., is home to a Beechcraft King Air C-90, specially-configured for medical emergencies, the only airplane of its kind in the state. The aircraft has advantages over a helicopter in certain situations, said Patrick Barkley, EagleMed's regional program director. "It has the capability to allow a parent to fly with the child, subject to the pilot's approval," he said. McAlester News-Capital (Okla.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NextGen is behind schedule but moving along
    Work to implement the satellite-based Next Generation Air Transportation System is behind schedule, but it is moving forward. Pilots need to be familiar with how NextGen works as full implementation makes its way to general aviation airports across the country. General Aviation News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Helicopter ļ¬lming in Colo. county is on a case-by-case basis
    Colorado's Pitkin County has decided to add a new rule to the county's land-use code prohibiting the use of helicopters for filming purposes, but approval for certain uses is still possible on a case-by-case basis. According to a draft of the code, uses that could be approved must have a "clear and demonstrable marketing benefit to the community" and must not present any danger to wildlife. The Aspen Times (Colo.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Moller, Athena could co-produce vertical takeoff, landing aircraft
    A potential deal was announced between Moller International and Athena Technologies to co-produce several models of Moller's Skycar, a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, by 2014, according to a news release. The Skycar has been in development for more than 30 years. AVweb (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to limit UAVs in state
    A Virginia lawmaker is sponsoring legislation to limit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the state. The bill would require law-enforcement agencies to get a warrant before deploying UAVs, except in cases of emergencies. The bill would also require agencies to receive General Assembly approval before acquiring UAVs. The Washington Times (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Islamic women take to the sky in Afghanistan, Pakistan
    A joint effort between NATO and the Afghan Ministry of Defense is offering pilot training at Afghanistan's Shinhad Air Base. Lt. Nilofor Rhmani is one of five women in the training program. Pakistan has embraced new roles for women over the past several years, including preparing women as fighter pilots in the Pakistani Air Force. Flying online (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
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  • The FAA Sent a Letter About My Medical, Now What?
    AOPA occasionally hears from members who walked out of the AME's office with a medical in hand, and then, sometimes months later, receive a letter from the FAA questioning their eligibility to hold a medical certificate, writes Gary Crump, director of AOPA Medical Certification Services. There are a couple of scenarios that could be conspiring here to raise your blood pressure. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA job of the day: Director of outreach and events
    The Director of Outreach and Events is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of organizational events for AOPA. The director leads a department responsible for AOPA's annual convention, AOPA Aviation Summit. The Outreach team also organizes and executes AOPA's participation in other events such as air shows and pilot town halls and provides support for internal events like all-hands gatherings and trustee meetings. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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