Special message from AOPA President Craig Fuller | Beechcraft emerges from bankruptcy as stronger company, CEO says | New group promotes flying clubs with scholarship, website
February 26, 2013
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Special message from AOPA President Craig Fuller
As most of you know, President Barack Obama and Congress are in the throes of debate over federal sequestration, an unusual legislative requirement that dictates across-the-board cuts of $85 billion in federal spending on March 1. The cuts will take place automatically unless Congress acts to stop them. Setting aside the politics that have lead us to this point, the impact on our ability to fly and operate our aircraft in the manner in which we are accustomed could be severely impacted if the sequester takes effect. Our primary interest, as always, is maintaining the freedom of flight for AOPA members. But in this instance, we have another equally important concern: flight safety. AOPA Online (2/25)
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Beechcraft emerges from bankruptcy as stronger company, CEO says
Beechcraft has emerged from bankruptcy with plans to sell off its business-jet line of aircraft. The company, formerly known as Hawker Beechcraft, plans to sell the Hawker line of aircraft. "Beechcraft has emerged from this process a stronger company with both financial and operational strength and stability," said Bill Boisture, CEO of Beechcraft. Aviation Week & Space Technology (2/25)
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New group promotes flying clubs with scholarship, website
Blogger Scott Spangler writes that the future of general aviation hinges on flying clubs. Ground Effect Advisors is working to promote new clubs through their website StartAFlyingClub.com. The group also offers scholarships for new clubs; the application deadline is May 1. Jetwhine.com (2/25)
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GA to feel effects of sequestration through ATC, air shows
The effects of sequestration on general aviation will be most clearly felt through the closing of air traffic control towers and air shows. Paul Rinaldi, president of National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said that sequestration will "significantly and perhaps permanently undermine the capacity of the National Airspace System." Air shows may be canceled due to a lack of Federal Aviation Administration personnel available to run them. General Aviation News (2/25)
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Diamond Aircraft announces job layoffs
Diamond Aircraft Industries announced layoffs to the majority of its London, Ontario, Canada-based workforce due to "slow sales of piston-engine aircraft." "We want to hire back as many employees as possible, as quickly as possible, but the exact number and timing will be determined as we develop our restructuring plans in the coming weeks," said Diamond President and CEO Peter Maurer. AOPA Online (2/26)
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What a 1963 plane crash can teach us today
In 1963, a single engine Howard on its way from Fairbanks, Alaska, to San Francisco went missing in the Alaskan wilderness during winter. The pilot and passenger were found 40 days later, having survived on a tube of toothpaste and melted snow. Their survival story can still teach us lessons today. AOPA Online (2/13), AlaskaDispatch.com (2/22), Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Alaska) (2/11)
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Calif. airport hosts NBAA career day
Long Beach Airport in California is set to host the National Business Aviation Association's Business Aviation Regional Forum on Thursday. "Consider this as a very sophisticated career day," said Long Beach Airport Director Mario Rodriguez. "I don't know that people are really 100% informed about how many actual careers there are in aviation." Gazette Newspapers (Long Beach, Calif.) (2/26)
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Pilot set to fly in Cessna powered by household waste
A pilot is set to attempt a 10,500-mile flight from Sydney to London in his Cessna 172, powered by end-of-life plastic that cannot be recycled and other household waste. "Aviation leads technology in many instances, why not do it once again with this fuel? If this plan works, it would solve some major environmental problems all at once," said the 41-year-old pilot. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/23)
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Mich. pilot named Great Lakes CFI of the Year
Linda Langrill of Michigan has been recognized as Certified Flight Instructor of the Year for the Great Lakes region. "I think of flying as a part of it is very much an art. It's not all science," she said. Midland Daily News (Mich.) (2/26)
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Fairmont State University offers aviation major
Farimont State University in West Virginia offers students the chance to get their pilot's license while also studying for an aviation management degree. Students normally graduate with only 200 hours of flight time, so the university also guarantees graduate instructor positions to allow them to build up their hours further. WBOY-TV (Clarksburg, W.Va.) (2/25)
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MedXPress questions: How do I report multiple doctor visits?
Now that MedXPress is the required way of completing your FAA airman medical application, we've been receiving questions from members about how to report multiple health care visits. Line 19 of the medical application asks, "Have you visited any health professionals within the last 3 years?" AOPA Online.
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AOPA job of the day: Office services supervisor
The Office Services Supervisor will be responsible for the daily activities of AOPA's Office Services department. The office services team provides assistance in the following areas: mailroom operations, coordination of office moves, providing set up for office meetings and partnering with AOPA's property manager to assure a safe and comfortable work environment. Read more here.
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