China is still cautious about embracing GA | Sporty's John Zimmerman talks with Airplane Geeks | Hawker Beechcraft is "dying on the inside"
November 8, 2012
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China is still cautious about embracing GA
Though many have promised government and business connections, ensuring strong sales of light aircraft when China's market is opened, the lower airspace in China is still closely guarded. "How far and fast the skies are opening will likely be linked to political stabilities of the country," said Jane Zhang, co-founder and president of consulting firm Silk Wings Aviation. (U.K.) (11/8)
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Sporty's John Zimmerman talks with Airplane Geeks
The Airplane Geeks podcast talks with guest John Zimmerman, vice president of Sporty's pilot shop. Also featured are Qantas' annual meeting and avoiding airline baggage-check fees, and Etienne Maillard gives an update on general aviation in Switzerland. Airplane Geeks Podcast (11/7)
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Hawker Beechcraft is "dying on the inside"
Hawker Beechcraft's plans for a new single-engine turboprop is nothing more than a smoke screen, writes blogger Robert Mark. "A company with managers who care more about themselves than about their employees or their customers is already dying on the inside," he writes. (11/7)
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NetJets opens fifth FBO at Atlanta airport
DeKalb Peachtree Airport in Atlanta is now home to NetJets' fifth fixed-base operator facility, where it has about 4,000 flights annually. The company has been increasing its presence at airports where it has heavy traffic, planning to open a facility next year in West Palm Beach, Fla. American City Business Journals/Columbus, Ohio (11/7)
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Tenn. county asked to provide funds for Bell Helicopter expansion
Sullivan County in Tennessee has been asked to approve a land sale and provide $195,000 to help Bell Helicopter expand its Piney Flats, Tenn., location. The deal could bring 125 jobs to the area. Kingsport Times-News (Tenn.) (11/7)
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Honeywell avionics system to be installed on SJ30
SyberJet Aircraft and Honeywell have partnered to equip the SJ30 with an avionics system they are calling SyberVision. The flight deck combines technology from Honeywell's Primus Apex and Epic avionics suites and offers synthetic vision, electronic charts and maps and 12-inch LCD displays. Flying online (11/6)
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Pilot hopes to raise $50,000 for charity with marathon flying challenge
In a challenge set for his 50th birthday, retired Army aviator Levi Noguess plans to fly 50 planes in just 12 hours, raising $50,000 for his two favorite charities. The Harker Heights, Texas-based pilot will take off from Fredericksburg Airport. The Deming Headlight (N.M.) (11/5)
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Stallion 51 raises the bar for pilots with unusual altitude training
With a curriculum that has been five years in the making, Stallion 51 Corp. will now offer unusual altitude training in a specially-equipped L-39 turbojet at Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Florida. "Our new Upset Prevention and Recovery Training Program definitely raises the bar even higher for pilots who fly for a living and under all types of conditions," said Lee Lauderback, Stallion 51's president. General Aviation News (11/7)
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GA flights help hurricane relief effort
General aviation pilots responded to a devastated region in numbers, along with volunteers and donors from communities across the country, making dozens of flights to deliver more than 40,000 thousand pounds of relief supplies by Nov. 5 to distribution centers serving the hardest-hit parts of New York and New Jersey. AOPA Online.
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High blood pressure disqualifying?
Dr. Warren Silberman warns of scams claiming to help pilots with high blood pressure pass their FAA medical certification. "Approximately 590,000 airmen are currently medically certified, and out of them, more than 64,000 airmen are flying with high blood pressure on medication(s). So, it is not true that most airmen lose their medical because of high blood pressure," he writes. AOPA Online.
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