Walking the turboprop swagger | Italiaco Aviation to begin hiring for Fla. facility | Testing mogas for ethanol made simple
December 6, 2012
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Walking the turboprop swagger
Blogger Dan Pimentel writes about the difference between pilots who fly turbine engines and those who pilot piston-driven planes -- and his brief experience in a PC-12. "Call it confidence, call it the walk of a high timer, but the pilots who bleed Jet-A just have a different way of crossing a ramp," he writes. Airplanista blog (12/4)
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Italiaco Aviation to begin hiring for Fla. facility
Italico Aviation's FX1, a two-seater amphibious light sport aircraft, will be produced in the new Kissimmee, Fla., facility. The company plans to begin hiring in early 2013. AVweb (12/5)
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Testing mogas for ethanol made simple
Using mogas in aircraft approved for its use saves pilots money and keeps lead out of the environment, but fuel purchased at retail locations can sometimes be tainted with ethanol. A glass jar and food coloring make it easy to test for the presence of ethanol. General Aviation News (12/5)
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County considers contract for operation of Nevada airport
The Minden-Tahoe Airport in Nevada is the only general aviation airport in the state that is financially self-sufficient, according to Douglas County Manager Steve Mokrohisky. County commissioners are set to consider a five-year contract with ABS Aviation Management Services to run the airport, a move they say will save $240,000 over the term of the agreement. The Record-Courier (Gardnerville, Nev.) (12/5)
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Martha's Vineyard Airport seeks community input on future
The Martha's Vineyard Airport Commission has scheduled a meeting between officials and community members to discuss the master plan for the airport's future development. Three community subgroups will participate in shaping the plan: aviation, non-aviation and those concerned about the environment. The Martha's Vineyard Times (Mass.) (12/5)
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Helicopter tours offer bird's-eye view of Lake Tahoe
Reno Tahoe Helicopters, based in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., offers long and short flights starting at $70. Pilot and guide Dave Hedberg says he especially enjoys taking longtime locals who claim to have seen everything and be able to show them something new. Reno Gazette-Journal (Nev.) (tiered subscription model) (12/5)
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Trig Avionics to incorporate NexNav mini
Accord Technology's NexNav mini GPS WAAS Class Beta-1 was approved for use in Trig Avionics' TT31 transponder in a flight test recently performed by Colorado-based Peregrine. "We are excited to be working with the talented team at Trig Avionics to provide an affordable ADS-B solution," said Hal Adams, Accord's operating chief. General Aviation News (12/5)
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Pilot makes a business out of passions, flying and photography
Photos from the Air was started in 2006 after Troy Morgan got his pilot's license and decided to combine his two loves: flying and photography. Based on Anna Maria Island in Florida, Morgan has photographed everything from beach erosion to weddings. Bradenton Herald (Fla.) (12/6)
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Jason Blair talks instruction with Airplane Geeks
Airplane Geeks talk to guest Jason Blair, executive director of the National Association of Flight Instructors. Also on the podcast, small plane safety, Qantas' rebel group of investors and futuristic aircraft designs that challenge the imagination. Airplane Geeks Podcast (12/5)
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Alabama school board gets into the aviation business
The Board of Education for Etowah County Schools in Alabama has approved an agreement with the Alabama Aviation Center to offer a dual-enrollment program in airframe technology. It set to begin in January. "It will offer our students some great opportunities in a field that's in demand," said Superintendent Alan Cosby. The Gadsden Times (Ala.) (12/5)
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Medications update
In some good news on the medication front, the FAA recently accepted Xarelto as an allowed anticoagulant for use in aviation. Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a new type of anticoagulation drug that has a much more favorable side effect profile than its pharmaceutical cousin Pradaxa (dabigatran), which produced disappointing side effects associated with uncontrollable bleeding in some patients who were using it. AOPA Online.
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AOPA job of the day: .NET applications developer
The .NET developer will be a key member of the Application Development group and will play a major role in new development, enhancement, and support of AOPA's application portfolio. Responsibilities include: develop, maintain and support applications in AOPA's software portfolio; and perform systems analysis on a wide variety of software systems, including database, file transfer systems, import, export, user interfaces and web applications. Read more here.
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