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March 15, 2012
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  • Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Florida will begin March 27
    The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo will take place in Lakeland, Fla., in less than two weeks. The fly-in is scheduled to begin on March 27, which is a little earlier than usual. Organizers moved the date this year to avoid conflict with an airshow in Germany. AVweb (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Blog: AOPA's aircraft challenge is a "brilliant concept"
    Blogger Dan Pimentel writes that he is enjoying the "Favorite Aircraft Challenge" presented by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The challenge is styled after a March Madness bracket, and allows users to vote for their favorite aircraft in each bracket. The challenge is a "brilliant concept" from AOPA, writes Pimentel. Airplanista blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cessna defections follow change at the top
    Following the departure last year of Cessna Aircraft CEO Jack Pelton, a number of high-ranking executives have left the firm. Six vice presidents and other top managers have left, following the appointment of former General Electric executive Scott Ernest as CEO. Cessna has declined to comment on the personnel changes. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Oklahoma commission approves 21 airport projects
    The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has approved projects for 21 airports across the state. A project at Enid Woodring Regional Airport received $2.9 million in total funding. The project "will extend the runway and parallel taxiway system from 5,600 feet to 8,000 feet," this feature says. Tulsa World (Okla.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Avionics & Technology 
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Backcountry pilots enjoy trip to national park in Colo.
    A group of backcountry pilots took advantage of mild weather over the weekend to fly to a rural airstrip at the Great Sand Dunes Swimming Pool, located in a national park in Colorado. "This is bringing back the romance of aviation," said backcountry pilot Matthew Schantz. "We want to open up this opportunity to pilots with all types of planes." Valley Courier (Alamosa, Colo.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training News 
  • Flight academy chief urges a STEM school in Wash. state
    The president of the National Flight Academy of Pensacola, Fla., urged local leaders in Kitsap County, Wash., to start a high school focused on science, technology, engineering and math. "[W]e will be facing a pilot shortfall in the future, because we just don't have young people interested in those jobs anymore," said retired Vice Adm. Gerald Hoewing. Kitsap Sun (Kitsap Peninsula, Wash.) (free registration) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • FAA will require retraining for air-traffic controllers
    The Federal Aviation Administration says that all air-traffic controllers will be required to undergo retraining periodically. Agency officials said the change in policy represents a "cultural change in air-traffic safety." Separately, the FAA reported a slight rise in controller errors. The number of errors reported may rise again this year as a result of a new FAA data-collection process that expands "the area in which traffic is being monitored." The Wall Street Journal (3/14), USA TODAY (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Small success for safety
    Even in Alaska's wide open spaces, a badly placed cell tower can create problems for aviators. AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Dave Earl's efforts in Talkeetna, Alaska, show that even when the law won't require safety, you can educate local decision-makers to do the right thing. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DC-3 dominates Favorite Aircraft Challenge
    The Douglas DC-3 blew away its competition, the Cirrus SR22, in the first round of voting in the Southeast Region, but the race was much closer between the Cessna Corvalis and Ercoupe. Check out the latest bracket information and remember to vote for the newest group of matchups today. Vote now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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