It's time to recruit congressmen for GA caucuses, says Bolen | New COPA chapter wants to share love of aviation with next generation | Cessna to keep lithium-ion batteries available in 4 of its jets
January 24, 2013
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It's time to recruit congressmen for GA caucuses, says Bolen
At the opening session of the National Business Aviation Association's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, President and CEO Ed Bolen called for attendees to take advantage of the new session of Congress and help recruit their representatives to support the general aviation caucus. Bolen credited the successes of the last session to the industry's engagement with legislators. AIN Online (1/23)
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New COPA chapter wants to share love of aviation with next generation
The newly formed Whitecourt, Alberta, chapter of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association has said its mission is to pass on a love of aviation to the next generation. "COPA has this really great program called COPA For Kids," said President John Burrows. "COPA helps local area pilots introduce kids from the ages of 8 to 17 years old to the world of general aviation." The Whitecourt Star (Alberta) (1/23)
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Cessna to keep lithium-ion batteries available in 4 of its jets
Cessna has underlined its confidence in lithium-ion batteries saying that it plans to requalify them in the second quarter of 2013 and have them available in four of its jets. The move comes 15 months after the company issued an emergency recall of the batteries, which were introduced on its CJ4+ Citation jet. (U.K.) (1/24)
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Cessna reports a decrease in Q4 profit
Cessna Aircraft's earnings, revenue and deliveries declined in the fourth quarter, parent Textron says. Segment profit totaled $23 million, compared with $37 million in Q4 of 2011. American City Business Journals/Wichita, Kan. (1/23)
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Local pilots show concern over new taxiway at Calif. airport
Local pilots are concerned that an aspect of the new taxiway extension project could lead to planes running into each other at the Santa Maria Public Airport in California. The taxiway is marked using letters; numbers will soon be added to the letters, possibly causing confusion for pilots. KSBY-TV (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (1/23)
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Beach Helicopter is set to start sightseeing flights in spring
Originally expected to open in December, Destin, Fla.-based Beach Helicopter now plans to start sightseeing tours in the spring from its new 6,000 square-foot helicopter pad located along U.S. Hwy. 98. Concerns about noise, fumes and sand and dirt in the air spurred one neighbor to file a petition against the company's development order. The Destin Log (Fla.) (1/24)
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Pilot develops solution for getting towbar on plane's nosegear
Chip Davis of North Carolina developed a way to make it easier to get the collapsible towbar onto the nosegear of his C172A. "A single AAA-cell Maglite wrapped with 8 inches of duct tape will fit snugly into the open end of the T-handle and provide light exactly where you need it," he said. "Wrap the tape around the barrel of Maglite, being careful to remain clear of both end caps. Test for a snug fit and adjust as necessary. Then, just twist the exposed Maglite head to turn the flashlight on and off." General Aviation News (1/20)
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Fuel supplier launches app
Epic Aviation, a fuel supplier based in Oregon, launched the iGo EPIC, a free iOS application with search capabilities and fuel pricing within the company's network of fixed-base operators. It's available at the Apple iTunes Store. AIN Online (1/23)
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Aspen Avionics CEO is honored as Aviation Entrepreneur of Year
Pilot and entrepreneur John Uczekaj, president and CEO of Aspen Avionics, was honored as the Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year by Living Legends of Aviation. "This award came as a complete surprise to me," he said. "The general aviation industry has long been known for its talented and dedicated people, so I am deeply humbled to be honored amongst so many great names in aviation." General Aviation News (1/21)
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Pa. flight school sees growing demand
Westmoreland Aviation's flight school based at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Pennsylvania has seen a growing demand for flight instruction. The school is considering purchasing the building it currently leases, as well as building a second facility. In 2009, the school had six students and now has about 60. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (1/21)
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Calif. flight center offers flight training scholarship
In partnership with San Carlos Flight Center in California, the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program will pay for one high school student to get his/her pilot's license during the summer between junior and senior year, including ground school and supplies. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28; the recipient will be announced in March to begin training in April. General Aviation News (1/22)
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Surviving a ramp check
In the experience of Kathy Yodice, aviation attorney for AOPA's Pilot Protection Services and Legal Services Plan, FAA "ramp checks" are a bit of a mystery. She writes that the chances of being ramp checked are not too big. Still, it can happen to you any time that you're getting ready to take off or when you've just landed, so let's look at "What is a ramp inspection?" AOPA Online.
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