AOPA to FAA: Halt sequestration cuts targeting GA | Texas air center hopes free flights inspire girls to become pilots | Retro kit airplane makes first flight
March 12, 2013
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AOPA to FAA: Halt sequestration cuts targeting GA
AOPA is urging FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to halt cuts that will disproportionately affect the safety and integrity of general aviation operations. "The recommended cuts will have unacceptable consequences for the nation and the flying community," AOPA President Craig Fuller said in a March 12 letter to Huerta. AOPA Online.
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Texas air center hopes free flights inspire girls to become pilots
The Calhoun Air Center in Texas sponsored free flights for more than a dozen girls as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. "Just to watch people come away smiling about these flights -- it gets them excited about flying," said Dianna Stanger, owner of Calhoun Air Center. Victoria Advocate (Texas) (3/9)
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Retro kit airplane makes first flight
Sam Aircraft announced that its new kit airplane made successfully completed its first flight near Montreal, Canada. The retro looking all-metal airplane has tandem seating and comes with a choice of three different wings. Deliveries of the first fast-build kits are scheduled for the end of the summer. AVweb (3/11)
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Fla. alliance aims to maximize benefits of aviation
The Polk Aviation Alliance is made up of representatives from all four municipally-owned airports in Polk County, Fla., Sun'n Fun, Fantasy of Flight, local educational institutions and other area aviation-minded entities. The alliance aims to maximize the benefits of aviation through education and outreach activities. General Aviation News (3/10)
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Tenn. airports receive state money for improvements
According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, 15 airports in the state are set to receive several thousand dollars in state grant money. Among those, recently-opened Cleveland Regional Jetport will get over $700,000 for grounds maintenance equipment, corporate area development and approach clearing. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (3/8)
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Calif. students get helicopter ride through Young Eagles program
Students in the aviation history class at Camptonville Academy in Marysville, Calif., were treated with a helicopter ride, thanks to the Young Eagles program. "It's pretty rare that you get an opportunity to fly in a helicopter," said flight instructor Les Sanders, who teaches the class. Appeal-Democrat (Marysville-Yuba City, Calif.) (3/9)
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DOT competition encourages students' aerospace innovation
U.S. Department of Transportation's Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering award competition aims to encourage high school and college students to develop creative solutions to aviation and aerospace problems. The contest is open to teams and individuals; winners will present their idea to DOT officials and meet with the transportation secretary. Submissions will be accepted from May 1 to July 1. (3/7)
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New simulator for Ind. flight school
New Horizons Aviation in Goshen, Ind., says its Redbird Full-Motion Simulator has been a game-changer for the seven-year-old flight school. "It's a huge deal. I don't know of any other flight school around that has one. Some of the universities like Western Michigan and Purdue have one, but for a local airport, this is very unique, and I believe it sets us apart," said Roger Yoder. The Goshen News (Ind.) (3/10)
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Helicopters should steer clear of the clouds
According to the International Helicopter Safety Team, flying into unexpected instrument flight rule conditions causing a pilot to lose control of the aircraft is the greatest cause of helicopter fatalities. Instrument meteorological conditions training can show pilots how to avoid flying into IMC conditions in the first place, as well as what to do in case of an emergency. AIN Online (3/11)
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Best Aircraft Showdown brackets unveiled
Back for a second year, AOPA's popular aircraft challenge -- the Best Aircraft Showdown -- pits 64 aircraft against one another. The final list has been whittled from more than 300 aircraft and 2,500 member nominations. Some pilots deemed their pride and joy the best by submitting their tail number. Others tried stuffing the ballot: One rabid Steen fan entered the Skybolt 59 times in six minutes, 26 seconds. For good measure the member returned two hours later to nominate it 13 more times. AOPA Online.
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