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December 5, 2012
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  • Seattle airfield wins approval for commercial flights
    The issue of adding commercial flights at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., has been hotly debated since the airport was opened in 1936. On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the general aviation airport, which is located near the Boeing plant, for commercial passenger flights. Allegiant Air and Alaska Airlines have expressed interested in offering flights from the airport. The Seattle Times (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Former Honda Aircraft exec hired for top job at Quest
    Samuel Hill, who retired from Honda Aircraft this year, has been named CEO of Quest Aircraft Co. "I am very pleased to welcome an individual of Sam's caliber to our management team," said Dave Vander Griend, chairman of Quest's board of directors. "Sam not only is extremely experienced as well as highly respected in the aviation industry, but he embodies the same values and purpose of mission that Quest represents." General Aviation News (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flight Training magazine did a Facebook chat on Tuesday about the latest in pilot gadgets. What gadget would you like to receive for the holidays?
    Tablet (iPad/Android)  61.24%
    Aviation headsets  26.53%
    Flight study guide  6.21%
    iTunes/Google Play apps gift card  6.02%
    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 
  • Study: Wind turbines near Ont. airport a "tremendous success"
    An independent study of wind turbines located near Ontario's Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport has found the project to be a "tremendous success for both Chatham-Kent and the airport." According to consultant involved with the study, South Kent Wind has offered the municipality $2.5 million for upgrades to the airport, which would include an airfield lighting upgrade, a new automated weather observation system and a runway extension. The Chatham Daily News (Ontario) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Helicopter News 
  • New helicopter helps private rescue group to take off
    Flathead Emergency Aviation Resources was founded in 2011 by Jordan White, then undersheriff of the Montana county, and other like-minded individuals. The group recently purchased a new Bell 429 helicopter to be equipped with a hoist, and expects delivery in the spring. "When we add the hoist, along with adding a lot more training and a lot more equipment, we can literally pick somebody out of the forest in a place where we may not be able to land a helicopter for miles," said White. Daily Inter Lake (Kalispell, Mont.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • IPad mini appears set to take off
    While Apple's iPad mini has only been on the market since Oct. 23, aviation app developers are already drawing attention to how well their products work on the 18% smaller device. According to Rick Ellerbrock, Jeppesen's director for aviation strategy, the mini is expected to find common use as a backup device, and its small weight and size will encourage development of applications designed specifically for crew members. AIN Online (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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!
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Pa. high-school student earns his wings
    Chris Golembeski, a junior at State College Area High School in Pennsylvania, passed his "check ride" in a Piper Cherokee 140. At 17, Golembeski is the minimum required age for a licensed pilot. The son of a single mother, he paid for most of his training with savings from cutting grass and restaurant work. Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AOPA News 
  • Member discounts on HME Aviator Timepieces
    AOPA members can save 10% on HME Aviator Timepieces through our exclusive AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts. HMEWATCH offers quality Aviator/Pilot Watches including Citizen, Seiko, Pulsar, Torgoen and the unique Geochron Wall Clock for 23 years. Contact HME at 323-464-6660 or LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA job of the day: events coordinator
    The events coordinator will support program initiatives for the Outreach department. Activities will include but are not limited to planning and support of AOPA's presence at events, AOPA's annual convention, AOPA's branded merchandise, small meetings and overall department activities. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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