GAMA: GA shipments slightly up | Growth forecast in bizjet sector | NextGen is here to stay
February 13, 2013
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GAMA: GA shipments slightly up
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported that general aviation airplane shipments increased slightly in 2012. There were 2,133 deliveries made, up 6% over 2011, though billings dropped from $19 billion to $18.9 billion. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (2/12)
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Growth forecast in bizjet sector
A report by Montreal-based business aviation services firm Zenith Jet estimated that there will be 9,400 business jets worth $253 billion delivered by 2023. North American customers are expected to account for 44% of deliveries; Bombardier and Gulfstream will be the leading manufacturers. AIN Online (2/12)
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NextGen is here to stay
Ground infrastructure for the NextGen satellite-based navigation system should be in place this year and fully operational by 2015. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta urged general aviation pilots to prepare their airplanes. "NextGen is a quantum leap from the standpoint of situational awareness. It gives you a much clearer view of everything that's happening in the National Airspace System. It also gives you the equivalent of perfect weather conditions," he said. General Aviation News (2/10)
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DAHER-SOCATA celebrates TBM fleet milestone
DAHER-SOCATA Chairman and CEO Stephane Mayer applauded the company's worldwide fleet of TBM 850 single-engine turbo-props for reaching the million hour milestone. "Surpassing this milestone confirms the TBM 850 as the keystone of DAHER-SOCATA's strategy," he said. "This highlights the synergy between manufacturing and services that offers our customers high dispatch reliability." (Australia) (2/8)
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AOPA is debuting a new series, Fly Off. On this inaugural Fly Off between the Vans RV-7 and Mustang II, which do you think has the best climb, stall and top speed performance?
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Future of 3 Fla. airports in question
The future of three Collier County, Fla., airports was the topic at a workshop held by local leaders. The county maintains airports in Immokalee, Marco Island and Everglades City; critics say they are a financial drag on the local economy, but supporters see potential for investment. Naples Daily News (Fla.) (2/6)
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Valentine's Day helicopter ride offers wine, swine
For $140 per couple, the Cleveland County, N.C., chamber of commerce is hosting "Wine, Swine and Flyin!" Officials hope the event will help to promote agritourism in the region. Trips fly between wineries, and feature a barbecue dinner and wine pairings. The Star (Shelby, N.C.) (2/12)
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Texas could ban recreational UAVs
A new law in the Texas legislature could ban unmanned aerial vehicles used for recreational purposes. The bill would make it a misdemeanor to take photos of private property with a UAV; law enforcement officers could still use UAVs to take pictures with a search warrant. Popular Science (2/12)
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Resolution: Learn to Fly This Year!
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Helicopter pilot brothers serve together, fly together
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matt DeGroot and his younger brother, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ben DeGroot, serve and fly together in the U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment, 5th Aviation Battalion. "We started trying to coordinate this assignment when we were in Afghanistan," said Matt. "Then we got here and wound up in the same company. We actually get to fly together every now and then; that's a lot of fun." KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, La.) (2/11)
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Deadline approaches for nominations in aircraft challenge
In the spirit of the NCAA's March Madness, AOPA is giving 64 aircraft a shot at the title of "best aircraft" in the second annual Best Aircraft Showdown bracket. No money, no prizes -- the aircraft are competing. The association is accepting nominations through Thursday, Feb. 14. The challenge is sponsored by AOPA strategic partner Aero-Space Reports. AOPA Online.
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AOPA job of the day: Major gifts officer
The major gifts officer, based on the West Coast, is responsible for securing major gifts for the AOPA Foundation. Duties include: qualify, contact, and cultivate potential donors from prospect pool of AOPA members and other interested parties; review the prospect pool and develop relationships by submitting proposals to prospective donors; make effective face-to-face presentation to donors and prospects; effectively secure major gifts; establish and support fundraising events for president and senior management and engage in extensive travel to visit donors and fundraising events. Read more here.
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