Keeping aviation jobs in Kansas | Aircraft owner files objection about Hawker Beechcraft warranty cancellation | Wealthy Chinese look to the skies
November 15, 2012
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Keeping aviation jobs in Kansas
Some Kansas officials met recently in Wichita, Kan., to discuss how the state can retain its aviation jobs in an increasingly global industry. The Governor's Council of Economic Advisors led by Gov. Sam Brownback reviewed a report on the competitiveness of the state's aerospace industry, which showed that Kansas is a cost-effective location with high standards of living. Officials agreed the state needs to expand beyond its niche and work on its image. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (11/15)
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Aircraft owner files objection about Hawker Beechcraft warranty cancellation
An objection has been filed with the bankruptcy court by Biozyme, an owner of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA, raising questions about whether canceling warranties and support is permissible under bankruptcy laws. AIN Online (11/14)
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Wealthy Chinese look to the skies
Despite high taxes and military controls on airspace, many wealthy Chinese are determined to to take up flying as a hobby. "Flying is my childhood dream and this is a gift to myself," said John Zhang, a Mongolian coal mine boss. Many western companies are positioning themselves in China, in anticipation of a boom in aviation. Reuters (11/15)
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Airplane Geeks talk with Lufthansa's Nils Haupt
Nils Haupt, director and head of corporate communications for the Americas for Lufthansa German Airlines, shares how Lufthansa maintains high quality and competes with low-cost carriers. Also discussed on the show, the Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot" aircraft, a hot air balloon simulator and more. Airplane Geeks Podcast (11/14)
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Deadline for Wolf Aviation Fund grant proposals is looming
The deadline for grant proposals for the Wolf Aviation Fund is Dec. 15. The fund provides a number of grants to individuals and organizations that work to better general aviation. General Aviation News (11/14)
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Calif. airport completes $140 million renovation
Long Beach Airport in California is set to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to show off its $140 million renovation on Dec. 5. Only 20 miles southeast of Los Angles International, LGB is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the world. AIN Online (11/14)
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Opinion: Helicopter skiing is good for the community
The new Kenai Heli ski operation based in Seldovia, Alaska, has faced opposition from residents of nearby Homer. Matt Neisinger writes that helicopters are already a part of the region, and the new operation offers an economic opportunity. Homer News (Alaska) (11/14)
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Garmin avionics suite to be included in select Piper airplanes
New models of the twin-engine Piper Seminole and the single-engine Piper Archer available in 2013 will be equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. The new flight deck will replace the G500 currently installed in Seminole and Archer aircraft. General Aviation News (11/14)
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Pilot is still flying on his 98th birthday
Herb Sloane celebrated his 98th birthday in his 1946 Ercoupe. Sloane flies about twice per week and hopes to fly on his own for his 100th birthday, but he also enjoys sharing his passion with his young mentee and flying partner Savannah Weaver. Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.) (tiered subscription model) (11/14)
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Canadian high school launches aviation course
St. Edmund Campion Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, is launching a course to teach aircraft manufacturing to students in 10th grade. School principal Neville Mant expects the course to be a benefit to the area's aviation industry. Brampton Guardian (Ontario) (11/14)
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Piper, FIT launch aviation career alliance
Piper Aircraft Inc. and the Florida Institute of Technology announced Nov. 10 that they have launched a Piper Aviation Career Alliance. The partnership will educate and provide enhanced vocational opportunities for graduates from FIT’s aviation program, as well as graduates from other programs at the school. AOPA Online.
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AOPA seeks an Eastern Regional Manager
AOPA is looking for an experienced regional manager for its Eastern Region, consisting of the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Regional Manager serves as one of AOPA's key advocates in promoting the general aviation interests of AOPA at the state and local level. AOPA Online.
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