Commercial airport focuses on general aviation | Iowa engineering students take their classroom to the sky | Converting from vacuum to electric
November 2, 2012
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Commercial airport focuses on general aviation
City officials in Springfield, Mo., planned to present a five-year improvement plan for Springfield-Branson National Airport on Thursday, which includes projects focusing on general aviation. According to officials, GA accounts for 11% of the airport's budget. KSPR-TV (Springfield, Mo.) (11/1)
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Iowa engineering students take their classroom to the sky
Aerospace engineering students at two Council Bluffs, Iowa, high schools are getting a chance to experience classroom lessons first hand. Students will fly with instructors from Advanced Air. The class is part of Project Lead the Way, a program that provides rigorous math and science education in U.S. middle and high schools. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (11/1)
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Converting from vacuum to electric
Many planes originally built and certified with vacuum systems are being converted to all-electric systems. Several steps starting with whether your plane can legally fly without the pneumatics will show if your plane can make the upgrade, too. AVweb (11/1)
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Formula 1 race brings traffic to Texas airports
Airports across central Texas are filling up with additional reservations for the upcoming Formula 1 race. "We'll try to give them the best possible experience and let them know what it's like to land in a small GA airport and give them the best customer service we can," said Georgetown Municipal Airport manager Sarah Hinton. KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (11/2)
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China's largest unmanned helicopter becomes operational
China's largest unmanned helicopter has passed all required flight tests and is now fully operational in east Shandong province, according to officials. The helicopter is designed to be used for conducting geological surveys and aerial photography, as well as aiding in emergency rescue situations and forest fire prevention, said Cheng Shenzong, board chairman of Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry. The Economic Times (India) (11/1)
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LSA builders choose carbon for land and water
Carbon offers a superlight, corrosion-free option for building amphibious light sport aircraft. Priest River, Idaho-based Aerocet specializes in building composite floats for the general aviation community. Composites Technology magazine (11/2012)
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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!
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Former pilot loves his restored biplanes
Poway, Calif., resident Wally Dier loves restoring and flying World War II-era Stearman biplanes. The 83-year-old was first introduced to biplanes 20 years ago. "It was instant addiction," he said. Pomerado Newspapers (Poway, Calif.) (10/31)
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AAAA highlights its recent achievements
On the eve of the National Business Aviation Association's convention in Orlando, Fla., the Alliance for Aviation Across America held a news conference to highlight its achievements and talk about the importance of general aviation. The AAAA recently launched a new website and has worked hard to rally public support from elected officials. AIN Online (11/1)
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Popular "Pilot" features now in e-book
Two of AOPA Pilot's most popular features are being turned into e-books. The Best of "Never Again," Vol. 1 and The Best of "Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents," Vol. 1 are now available at the AOPA Online store.
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AOPA members receive discount on learning guide
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Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It?s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can?t try to do things. You simply must do things."
-- Ray Bradbury,
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