Jethiking Gypsy lands in New Orleans | Beechcraft loses out on Air Force contract | U.S. investors to build bizav facility in Nigeria
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March 1, 2013
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Jethiking Gypsy lands in New Orleans
Travel writer Amber Nolan, known as the Jethiking Gypsy, has been hitchhiking across the country, thumbing rides on general aviation aircraft. "I'm doing this because I want to bring awareness and attention to general aviation and to smaller airports across the country," said Nolan. "Since I started, I've been to 20 states and as many flights and I'm not going to stop until I do every state." She landed in New Orleans this week. AL.com (Alabama) (2/28)
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Beechcraft loses out on Air Force contract
A much-disputed $427.5 million Air Force contract with an initial order of 20 airplanes was awarded to Nevada-based Sierra Nevada company, partnered with Embraer of Brazil over Beechcraft Corp.'s AT-6 aircraft. Despite the loss, the company will continue to actively market the airplane and "intends to secure a launch customer for the AT-6 this year," said company spokeswoman Nicole Alexander. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (3/1)
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U.S. investors to build bizav facility in Nigeria
NigAme Aircraft, Gate Industries and Still Waters Commodities have committed $7 million to begin construction on a 200,000 square-foot business aircraft maintenance facility at the Iddo-Osun International Airport in western Nigeria. Femi Adeniji of Florida-based NigAme Aircraft said the business jet fleet in Nigeria is quickly expanding. AIN Online (2/27)
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FAA plans to close 168 air-traffic towers April 1
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has said that sequestration will not compromise safety. But the Federal Aviation Administration has released a list indicating that it may close 46% of all air traffic control towers in the U.S., leaving pilots to radio each other to declare their intentions. "The safety impacts, they are obvious," said John Wiatrak, manager of St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce, Fla. Bloomberg (3/1)
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Ariz. airport hopes to entice new businesses
Chandler Municipal Airport in Arizona is hoping to fill open space on the airport grounds with new aviation-related businesses. "The city is interested in projects that will serve as a catalyst to the development already under way in the airport/airpark area," the city, which owns the airport, said in a request for proposals. AzCentral.com (Phoenix) (2/27)
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Helicopter conference set to open in Las Vegas
Helicopter Association International's Heli-Expo 2013 is set to open at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday. The conference will include sessions on rotorcraft flight operations, maintenance and safety; a new feature this year will be HAI's Rotor Safety Challenge. AIN Online (2/28)
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Aviation biofuels are on the horizon for Australia
A report says Australia and New Zealand could meet 46% of their aviation fuel needs with biofuel by 2020. "The momentum in fact is building to meet those goals," said Susan Pond, chairwoman of the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (2/25)
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Teenage pilot says he's not brave
Kiefer Savoie, a junior at Nashua High School North in Massachusetts, got his private pilot's license on his 17th birthday. On a recent personality test, he did not check the box for bravery. "Basically, you never want to get overly cocky when you're flying. I want to be over-cautious, if anything. I keep a book with me so that when I'm bored and have a spare minute, I can study emergency procedures," said Savoie. The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (3/1)
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Wash. mayors recognize importance of GA
A group of 21 mayors from Washington state have backed a petition citing the harm the Obama administration's negative statements about business aviation and increased taxes have on the industry. According to the Alliance for Aviation Across America, general aviation contributes $3.18 billion annually to Washington's economy. Auburn Reporter (Wash.) (2/28)
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Furloughs, service cuts called unnecessary under sequester
Some members of Congress are attempting to counter what they described as alarmism from the Obama administration about the drastic cuts to FAA service and staffing that would occur after March 1 under sequestration. Two House aviation leaders and a Senate leader said in a joint statement that the agency can "absorb" curtailed spending -- estimated at $600 million for the remainder of the fiscal year -- without compromising safety or efficiency or furloughing staff. AOPA Online.
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Are controllers out, bureaucrats in under sequester?
The 1.2 million people who work in the aviation industry, and the pilots who fly the aircraft they build may soon have an ample record to draw on to determine who their allies and adversaries were in Washington, D.C., as the March 1 deadline to avoid billions of dollars in mandatory federal budget cuts loomed. The cuts would include $600 million from the second half of the FAA's fiscal 2013 budget and would force control tower closings and furloughs in the ranks of air traffic controllers, starting in April. AOPA Online.
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