VisionAire continues development of all-composite jet | Cessna to stop bizjet production due to slow sales | Advocacy groups unite for aviation
April 22, 2013
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VisionAire continues development of all-composite jet
At the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, Chairman and CEO of VisionAire Jets Jim Rice announced that the company is continuing development of the all-composite Vantage Jet, which will be able to fly a pilot and five passengers up to 1,500nm. Rice said it will take the company four years to get the jet into production and is hoping to find Chinese investors for the project. AIN Online (4/18)
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Cessna to stop bizjet production due to slow sales
Cessna posted an $8 million loss and slow sales in the first quarter of 2013. The company announced it will halt production of various entry-level business jets, in an effort to slim down its workforce. "The light market just hasn't recovered at this point, contrary to our expectations, and so we're going to scale back some of the production and reduce the number of aircraft that are out there in that space," said Scott Donnelly, CEO of Cessna's parent company Textron. Flying online (4/18), AOPA Online (4/17)
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Advocacy groups unite for aviation
The Alliance for Aviation Across America was established six years ago by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, National Business Aviation Association and several others. Recently, 70% of new members have been non-aviation groups -- including local governments and businesses -- that recognized the importance of GA. General Aviation News (4/21)
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Court gives green light to Light Air Support program
In a recent ruling, the U.S. Federal Claims Court said the Air Force was right to allow Sierra Nevada and Embraer to move forward with work on the first A-29 Super Tucanos for the Light Air Support program. Beechcraft Corp. had filed a protest of the contract with the Government Accountability Office and requested that work be halted pending review. (4/22)
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Flying on a BN-2 Islander
Blogger Aidan Loehr writes that he has been interested in the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander for a long time. On a recent road trip, he made a stop at McCall Aviation in Idaho to get a flight on one of the company's Islanders. He was successful and after landing the pilot gave him a walk through of the aircraft. Oddball Pilot (4/19)
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N.H. youth aviation group soars
The Aviation & Aerospace Education Center at Winnipesaukee based in Gilford, N.H., has only been in operation for a couple of years, but it is already popular with area students and teachers alike. It offers a summer of aviation activities for youths in grades 3 through 12, and continues its expansion with new teachers and activities every summer. General Aviation News (4/21)
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Ind. airports are bouncing back from financial crisis
A number of small airports in Indiana are finding ways to offset shrinking funding as a result of the recent financial crisis. They have been seeking private donations for improvement projects and relying more on revenue generated from meeting and conventions held at their facilities. (Indiana University) (4/16)
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Cobra flight helps son to connect with father
When Capt. James T. Luscinski was killed in Vietnam, his son Shannon was only 4-years-old. When the younger Luscinski grew up, he set out to fly in a Cobra helicopter like his dad flew. Twenty-five years later, Shannon got his wish. Shelbyville Times-Gazette (Tenn.) (4/21)
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Aerostar winglets increase aircraft performance
Customers are reporting that Aerostar Aircraft Corp.'s new high technology winglets increase the aircraft's climb performance, and increase the cruising speed by a three to five knots. "Stall characteristics on the winglet equipped Aerostars are extremely forgiving. Aileron control is never lost during the stall, making it a very docile, well-behaved airplane. Also noted during flight-testing, was increased safety margins with regard to stalling speed and minimum control speed," said Jim Christy, the company's vice president. General Aviation News (4/18)
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AOPA job of the day: Major Gifts Officer -- West Coast Region
Responsibilities of the Major Gifts Officer for the West Coast Region (Calif., Ariz., Wash.) include securing major gifts for AOPA's Foundation as well as qualifying, contacting and cultivating potential donors from prospective pool of AOPA members and other interested parties. Making effective face-to-face presentation to donors and prospects, effectively secure major gifts and establishing and supporting fundraising events for the President and Senior Management. Read more here.
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