SocialFlight could change why you fly | Flying magazine: Huerta's confirmation is good news for GA | Some travelers flew GA over the holidays
January 4, 2013
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SocialFlight could change why you fly
The creators of aim to sustain general aviation by improving pilots' social, business and flying lives. The website is a database of pilot-oriented events, but according to Jason Clemens, vice president of marketing for the company's developer, SocialFlight's creators are also working to create events with sponsors that would cater to the interests of pilots. AVweb (1/4)
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Flying magazine: Huerta's confirmation is good news for GA
In his blog, editor in chief of Flying magazine Robert Goyer said Michael Huerta's confirmation as the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration is good news for general aviation. Goyer writes that Huerta "gets the importance of making NextGen work, of learning to get along with foreign aviation regulatory bodies, of promoting more sensible certification standards and of shepherding the age of drones in safely and sensibly, all critical responsibilities for the United States in this brave new world of aviation and technology." Flying online/Going Direct blog (1/2)
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Some travelers flew GA over the holidays
Blogger Dan Pimentel checks in on two travelers who chose general aviation for their holiday travel. One rented an SR20 to visit a friend one evening, and fly his grandmother and great uncle down to see relatives on Christmas Eve. Another pilot, Doug Winston, flew with his wife in his Cessna T210M to visit relatives. "Our SUV gets about the same MPG as the plane, so why not fly?" said Winston. Airplanista blog (1/1)
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Student essay contest to honor Tuskegee Airmen
Central Florida students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to enter an essay contest sponsored by Fantasy of Flight. This year's theme, "They Dared to Fly," honors the Tuskegee Airmen. Several original members of the Tuskegee Airmen are scheduled to visit Fantasy of Flight on Feb. 7 to 9 to share their stories. Osceola News-Gazette (Kissimmee, Fla.) (1/3)
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2 Ill. airports contribute $11 million to economy despite budget deficit
An Illinois Department of Transportation study has shown that Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls and Dixon Municipal Airport contribute approximately $11 million per year to the local economy. Even though Whiteside generally has a deficit budget requiring the city to make up the difference, it is still a huge asset to the city, according to Al Hill, a member of the airport board. Sauk Valley Newspapers (Dixon, Ill.) (1/2)
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Construction of new hangar set to begin at Ohio airport
Construction of a new $15.5 million hangar at Wilmington Air Park in Ohio is set to begin in January, according to Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services. The new hangar will also represent 259 new jobs, officials say. Funding is coming from the state of Ohio and local grants. General Aviation News (1/1)
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U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. Sebring, FL hosts the 9th annual Expo January 17-20, 2013 — the largest sport aircraft-event in the world. New for 2013: twilight air show, Year of the Cub, Manufacturers Showcases, and contest that will crown sport aviation's most efficient aircraft/pilot duo. Four days in Sebring, Florida to "See, Try, Fly and Buy" sport aircraft. Learn more here.
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Price tag for flight in Calif. rescue helicopter over $16,000
Figures in a staff report from a meeting during which the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved a five-year contract with California Shock Trauma Air Rescue showed that a ride in one of their rescue helicopters started at $16,165 for "scene flight lift off," and the cost went up from there. CALSTAR COO Tad Henderson said, "From our perspective, they are too high," but he also noted there is a "heavy cost of operating a $5 million helicopter." The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (1/3)
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Enhanced Vision System provides additional awareness during night flying
The Max-Viz-600 is a real-time infrared Enhanced Vision System by Astronics. According to Eric Nickelson, chief flight instructor with Cessna Employees' Flying Club, the equipment helps pilots to see better at night and in bad weather conditions. Bodies of water show up as black areas on the cockpit display, and also makes it possible to see livestock in a field, wildlife on a runway or the outline of a mountain. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (1/4)
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Canadian pilot still enjoys flying his Tiger Moth at 89
Eighty-nine-year-old Gordon Jones of Alberta, Can., still enjoys taking his bright yellow Tiger Moth airplane out for a spin. "The main thing is the freedom of it, you can just go anywhere you want," he said of flying the vintage biplane. Gordon was an instructor for the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and his stories inspired the book "Wings over High River." (Canada) (1/4)
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Aftermath of Sandy's wrath
Many AOPA members are still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Damage was suffered by airports and aircraft throughout the super storm's path. All the aviation insurers have worked hard to handle the hundreds of reported claims of aircraft damage and destruction to airport property as quickly as possible. And some, doing so in the midst of experiencing damage to their offices and computer systems. AOPA Online.
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Rental car discounts for AOPA members
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