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April 4, 2012
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  • Supersonic business jets are on the horizon, NASA says
    NASA said it has reached a breakthrough in the design of supersonic business jets. "It's the first time we have taken a design representative of a small supersonic airliner and shown we can change the configuration in a way that is compatible with high efficiency and have a sonic signature" that isn't a boom, said Peter Coen of NASA. Aviation Daily (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Fractional-aircraft firms offer a variety of options
    Flexjet, Flight Options and NetJets are offering more flexible options for business-jet travel, including preloaded "debit" cards at lower price points. "Customers are becoming much more discerning and are not buying what they don't need," said Mike Riegel of AviationIQ. In the U.S., fractional-share ownership makes up 15% of business-aviation flights. The Wall Street Journal (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diamond Aircraft completes test flight of DA52
    Diamond Aircraft has performed the first test flight of its DA52 twin. "This is the best prototype aircraft I have ever made a maiden flight with, and the performance exceeded all my expectations," said Diamond CEO Christian Dries. Diamond plans to display the DA52 this month at the Aero show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. AVweb (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Poll: Do you use flight following on VFR cross-country flights?
    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.
    Yes, always  43.42%
    Yes, sometime  43.00%
    No  13.58%
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  Airport Focus 
  • Illinois airport launches project to extend runway
    The airport in Lacon, Ill., plans to extend one of its runways from 3,200 feet to 4,001 feet. "The addition to this runway really jump-starts your opportunity to get more people involved in the airport, and maybe get more corporate activity," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood during a ceremony for the airport on Tuesday. Federal funds will cover the majority of the $1.6 million project. Peoria Journal Star (Ill.) (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. airport considers development for more business jets
    Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif., is considering a plan to open the west side of the airport to more business jets. Airport Director Bill Sherry said that developing the airport "is really the last item we have to generate new revenue at the airport." The airport saw a 1.5% decrease in passenger activity during the fiscal 2011-12 year. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Helicopter News 
  • MD Helicopters' single-engine scout craft is under construction
    MD Helicopters of Arizona is constructing a new single-engine scout helicopter, the MD 540F. "This aircraft will be a game changer for our company," CEO Lynn Tilton said. "The commercial and military markets have long sought an affordable, light, single-engine helicopter that can perform exceptionally well at hot and high altitudes while carrying a larger useful load." United Press International (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pilot Spotlight 
  • California teen aims for private pilot's license
    Wesley Blum, 16, who is taking flying lessons at Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in California, has completed his first solo flight in a Cessna 172. He plans to earn his private pilot's license. "Anything you study in aviation just opens Pandora's box. It's endless -- weather, collision reports, runway markings and engine systems," Blum said. The Inyo Register (Bishop, Calif.) (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Washington, D.C., conference features avionics
    The 55th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show kicked off Tuesday and runs through Friday, bringing avionics manufacturers, distributors and repair stations together. The convention offers more than 75 hours of training, 100 exhibitors and, what excites pilots most, new avionics products for 2012. Catch the show live online through Aero-News Network's streaming video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Redbird, Bahamas Habitat donate wings to island missionary
    Bahamas Methodist Habitat Executive Director Abraham McIntyre could soon earn his wings and the freedom "to be able to move when I need to move" after natural disasters, thanks to Redbird Flight Simulations and Bahamas Habitat. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • VFR in to IMC: Learn to escape the odds
    The Air Safety Institute put pilots' skills at VFR-into-IMC scenarios to the test through a Redbird full-motion simulator at the AOPA Tent during Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla. The goal was to convey the seriousness of VFR flight into instrument conditions and reinforce basic skills -- aviating, navigating and communicating. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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