Fly Days gives special needs children chance to take flight | Beechcraft's new owners promise funding for aircraft development | GA's ready and willing response to Hurricane Sandy impressive
November 7, 2012
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Fly Days gives special needs children chance to take flight
Fly Days was held Saturday at Dallas Love Field in Texas. Provided by Challenge Air, the one-day event gave special needs children and youths a chance to fly in single- and multi-engine aircraft. Pilots from the Dallas and Fort Worth area conducted more than 100 flights at the Business Jet Center. General Aviation News (11/6)
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Beechcraft's new owners promise funding for aircraft development
After Hawker Beechcraft unveiled a bankruptcy exit strategy to emerge as a stand-alone company focusing on a line of piston and turboprop aircraft, the question was where the company would find the funding. Insiders say that the new owners have agreed to provide funding for development of one new piston model and possibly three new turboprop models. Flying online (11/6)
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GA's ready and willing response to Hurricane Sandy impressive
Blogger Jamie Beckett is impressed with the efforts many in general aviation have made in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, from providing top quality aerial pictures to giving emergency crews a ride. "General aviation does so much, for so many of us, yet we seldom hear its praises being sung by anyone outside a website like this one," he writes. General Aviation News/Politics for Pilots blog (11/6)
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Plans for innovative drainage project at Fla. airport ready to be revealed
Officials at Naples Municipal Airport in Florida are set to unveil plans for an $8 million project to reconfigure the airport's water management and answer questions about possible pollution of the Gordon River. Bill Johnson, executive director of the Florida Airports Council, said the project could become a model for how airports handle water management. Naples Daily News (Fla.) (11/6)
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Helicopter airlifts supplies after historic snowfall in Great Smoky Mountains
After 32 inches of snow fell in the Great Smoky Mountains, creating 7-foot drifts, llamas were unable to make the trek up the 6,593-foot Mount LeConte to deliver supplies to staff and guests at LeConte Lodge. Great Smoky Mountain Helicopters airlifted much-needed items after the lodge's general manager Tim Line secured special permission from the park service. The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tenn.) (free registration) (11/6)
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HondaJet sends HA-420 into production
HondaJet has billed its HA-420 business jet as the "world's most advanced light jet." After passing key testing milestones, the six-passenger jet is set to enter production. Gizmag (11/2)
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N.H. pilot flies supplies to hurricane victims
Jim Murphy, a Brookline, N.H.-based pilot, knew he had to do something after seeing the devastation created by Hurricane Sandy in New York and his home state of New Jersey. Murphy filled his small Mooney airplane with diapers and reached out to to find another pilot who could carry supplies his friends and neighbors had donated. The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (11/5)
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Aviation-themed park debuts at S.C. airport
On Oct. 25, Airport Director Joe Frasher announced completion of phase one of an aviation park project near South Carolina's Greenville Downtown Airport that has been in planning and development for more than two years. When the vision comes fully alive, visitors will pass through an entranceway fashioned from an aircraft fuselage to picnic, watch aircraft, play in an aviation-themed playground, or stroll along "walking runways" or a "perimeter taxiway" to be realistically painted next spring. AOPA Online.
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Who's who: Broker versus agent versus direct writer
Brokers are the most common option for securing aviation insurance. Brokers deal with multiple insurance companies and shop those available markets to obtain the best coverage and value available for their clients. Agents are defined as those who sell insurance for just one company. True agents are extremely rare in the aviation insurance world. The term "agent," however, is used interchangeably with "broker" in the industry, so don't let that lead you to false conclusions. Then we have direct writers, who offer you only themselves as a single option. Read more.
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