FAA requires older Piper planes to be checked for damaged cables | New Texas GA caucus draws participation from across the state | Fuller: User fees still threaten GA
February 4, 2013
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FAA requires older Piper planes to be checked for damaged cables
A Federal Aviation Administration safety directive set to be published in today's Federal Register mandates inspections and any necessary repairs of the control cable assembly on Piper airplanes more than 15 years old. Piper Aircraft Inc. released a statement saying the company considers the move "helpful to increase overall flight safety." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/3)
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New Texas GA caucus draws participation from across the state
The Texas Statehouse was the site of the first meeting of the state's newly-formed General Aviation Caucus. Some 20 lawmakers across Texas have come together to participate in the nonpartisan group. "The state of Texas has over 350 public use airports, of which only 26 serve airlines. GA airports allow us access to areas otherwise hard to get to, like West Texas, and provide not only economic benefits but quality of life benefits with higher paying jobs, life flight, fire fighting capabilities and other services," said Dave Fulton, the state's director of aviation. General Aviation News (2/3)
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Fuller: User fees still threaten GA
While Congress was able to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" at the start of the year, the budget plan that President Barack Obama is required to submit to Congress for 2013-2014 is likely to include aviation user fees. "Given the statements made during 2012, we have every reason to believe that the administration will come in search of more revenue from the general aviation community, and their search seems to focus on operational user fees," said AOPA's Craig Fuller. AIN Online (2/2)
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Ind. fuel company expands to Europe
The Indiana-based aviation fuel company Swift Fuels LLC has acquired 50% of Germany's Swift Fuel GmbH, giving the company more access to foreign investors. "This is a major milestone in our efforts to broaden Swift Fuels' market coverage and deepen our technical base," said CEO Chris D'Acosta. Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.) (tiered subscription model) (2/1)
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Judge preserves Hawker Beechcraft machinists' pensions
A settlement that preserves the pension benefits of more than 3,000 Hawker Beechcraft machinists was approved by a federal bankruptcy judge in New York. The move also guarantees the continuation of existing 401(k) savings plan and maintains pension benefits for retired workers. "Preventing the termination of a defined benefit pension for thousands of active and retired workers at a bankrupt company is a remarkable, but all too infrequent outcome," said Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Fort Mill Times (S.C.) (1/31)
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Officials plan for Colo. airport's success
Officials at the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport have begun to plan for the future success of the airport with the creation of the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp. The NCEDC is committed to supporting the airport and attracting additional commercial and general aviation business. The Coloradoan (Fort Collins, Colo.) (tiered subscription model) (2/2)
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New helicopter for N.C. hospital
The AirLink program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in North Carolina has added a second helicopter to its air ambulance service. The two EC135 T2 helicopters are stationed in separate counties, cutting response times. Air Methods Corp. provides the program's helicopter and pilots, while the hospital provides the medical crew. Greater Wilmington Business Journal (N.C.) (2/1)
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High school senior develops brain-controlled UAV
Duncan Michael, a senior at Hawaii Prep Academy, developed a quad-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle that is flown with an emotive headset. The project was presented in a session at the Macworld/iWorld event in San Francisco. Allvoices (2/2)
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Pilot donates winnings to create aviation scholarship for women
Pilot Dianna Stagner donated the $5,000 purse money she and her partner Victoria Holt won in the 3,000-mile Air Race Championship to create a scholarship for a woman interested in a career in aviation. "As a female pilot, I know that aviation is a tough field for women to get into," said Stagner. "I wanted to do something to encourage more women in their teens and 20s to consider a career in aviation." LeTourneau University aviation student Whitney Brouwer is the recipient of the scholarship. Longview News-Journal (Texas) (2/2)
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Los Angeles mayor to focus on duties
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ended speculation about an Obama Cabinet position as Transportation Secretary, saying in a statement that he is focused on his mayoral duties until the summer. "I have said many times I will be focused on my job as mayor of Los Angeles until 11:59 and 59 seconds on June 30, 2013." Politico (2/2)
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NTSB chief could be next Transportation Secretary, sources say:
Deborah Hersman, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board, is a top candidate for the position of Transportation Secretary, sources say. Hersman, a Democrat, has garnered praise from both parties during her tenure at the U.S. safety agency. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced his plans to retire from the post. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/3)
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