Avgas transition is moving forward | Airplane Geeks take on Superstorm Sandy | NBAA works with agencies to assist in disaster relief
November 1, 2012
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Avgas transition is moving forward
In a move that signals continuing support to transition away from avgas, the Federal Aviation Administration recently announced it will open a Fuels Program Office to provide "technical expertise and strategic direction in the planning, management and coordination of activities related to aviation fuels," according to the National Air Transportation Association. NATA and several other aviation associations are seeking the FAA's help in finding a suitable replacement for 100LL agvas. AIN Online (11/1)
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Airplane Geeks take on Superstorm Sandy
Despite being stranded at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando, Fla., because of Superstorm Sandy, Airplane Geeks put together a mini-episode. Included are an interview with Lt. Jay Kircher from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City in New Jersey, Melborne's third airport and an Across the Pond report about airline superhubs. Airplane Geeks Podcast (10/31)
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NBAA works with agencies to assist in disaster relief
The National Business Aviation Association created the Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The so-called Hero database is a list of people and companies in the business aviation community ready to volunteer with disaster-relief efforts. The Sky Hope Network already has various aircraft ready to go as needed, said organization President Robin Eissler. AIN Online (10/31)
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Small runways are tested for GPS-aided landing approaches
The Federal Aviation Administration has provided funding for researchers at Embry-Riddle to test pilot performance and determine whether GPS-aided precision landing approaches are feasible at small airports. Embry-Riddle will look for pilots to participate in the program starting spring 2013. AVweb (11/1)
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New helicopter is unveiled by Bell
Bell Helicopter unveiled its newest aircraft, the Relentless 525. The helicopter is "fly-by-wire" meaning it has all electronic controls, taking some of the control demands off the pilot. "In those most austere environments where you really need that situational awareness and ability to control the aircraft that is where fly by wire really earns it keep" said Larry Thimmesch, vice president of Bell's commercial division. KTVT-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (10/31)
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Makers of UAVs move toward shared domestic airspace
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft, recently tested a Predator B, a UAV equipped with location systems like those present on commercial aircraft. The company suggests that UAVs with these systems on board may one day be able to share domestic airspace. RedOrbit (10/30)
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Deputy sheriff gets pilot's license
Deputy Dave Williams of the Chilton County Sheriff's Department in Alabama recently received his private pilot's license, enabling him to fly the department's Cessna 172 to support missions. "Flying has always been a passion of mine," Williams said. "Having the opportunity to learn how to fly and provide a better service to this community is the ultimate goal of the aviation division." The Clanton Advertiser (Ala.) (10/31)
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West-MEC aims to produce a new generation of aircraft mechanics
A group of Western Maricopa Education Center students in Glendale, Ariz., are ready to test for Federal Aviation Administration Airframe certification, a major milestone toward Powerplant certification. "We are providing a career path for those interested in aviation," said Program Director Troy Gabaldon. "With the baby-boomer generation retiring, there is a definite need for competent aircraft mechanics." The Glendale Star (Ariz.) (10/30)
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AOPA offers free webinar on starting a flying club
Join AOPA's new Center to Advance the Pilot Community for a free on Nov. 14 to find out what's involved in starting a flying club. The panel will include counsel on legal and entity concerns as they apply to clubs, and the director of a successful, new flying club will he share his experiences. AOPA Online.
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Forbes publisher weighs in on bizav prospects
Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard used a keynote address at the National Business Aviation Association 2012 convention to observe that the business jet market will recover when the nation's economy grows at 3% or better per year. "This industry thrives when the needle is over 3%," he said. "This is a three-percent-plus industry." AOPA Online.
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