Aviation celebrates 100th birthday in Alaska | Everyone should fly | N.C. Division of Aviation aims to improve airport safety
February 12, 2013
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Aviation celebrates 100th birthday in Alaska
A new exhibition featuring photographs and artifacts in celebration of 100 years of aviation in Alaska is set to open at the Anchorage Museum. "With airplanes, though, mail could be delivered in hours rather than weeks. Remote village and towns could be connected. Life changed incredibly," said aviation historian Ted Spencer. NBC News/Itineraries blog (2/9)
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Everyone should fly
Jet magazine editor Anslem Samuel Rocque got his first chance to fly an airplane through AOPA's flight training initiative, LetsGoFlying.com. "I definitely look forward to getting behind the wheel of a plane again. It's an addictive feeling that many don't get to experience but will likely love once they do," Rocque writes. Jet magazine online (2/11)
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N.C. Division of Aviation aims to improve airport safety
The Division of Aviation of North Carolina's Department of Transportation is set to offer free wildlife hazard training for airport workers in an effort to increase safety for all. "Every airport in North Carolina should attend to learn the latest techniques from nationally known experts in the field," said NCDOT Division of Aviation Director Richard Walls. The News of Orange County (Hillsborough, N.C.) (2/8)
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Ill. airport is an important asset to the community
DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport in Illinois serves general aviation, corporate clients and cargo, and also offers flight training for high school students and adults. According to a recent study, the airport contributes $10.7 million to the community and provides 81 jobs. Northern Star (Northern Illinois University) (2/12)
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Sikorsky to face fines for helicopter delivery delay
The Canadian government and Sikorsky signed a $5 billion deal in 2004 for 28 Cyclone search and rescue helicopters. The first aircraft was supposed to be delivered in 2009 and was pushed back to 2012, but Canada is still waiting. If the first helicopter does not arrive by June 2013, Canada could impose a $80.6 million fine. Sikorsky has blamed some of the delay on modifications requested by the Canadians. The Hartford Courant (Conn.)/Reuters (2/12)
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Permit requests for UAVs are on the rise
According to an updated list released by the Federal Aviation Administration, 81 public agencies have applied for permission to use unmanned aerial vehicles, mostly for research or law-enforcement activities. Current FAA rules mandate that operation of UAVs of any size for non-recreational use must apply for special permission from the FAA. AVweb (2/10)
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Model aircraft expert is recognized with merit award
Henry Haffke of Malta, N.Y., fell in love with aviation as a child, watching the planes at Springfield Airport in Massachusetts. He got his pilot's license at age 15, but recently received a Certificate of Merit from the National Aeronautic Association for his work designing, researching and writing about model aircraft -- he is considered the world's foremost authority on the Gee Bee. The Spotlight (Delmar, N.Y.) (2/6)
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Mich. high school is set to add aviation program to curriculum
The school board in Howell, Mich., approved a program to add courses in aviation and firefighting to the high school curriculum, set to begin next fall. Aviation courses will be taught with the help of Crosswinds Aviation and the Experimental Aircraft Association. The program aims to prepare students for the Federal Aviation Administration exam by the end of the year. WHMI-FM (Howell, Mich.) (2/12)
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Putting LOC training back into the curriculum
Master certified flight instructor Rich Stowell says the most important thing missing in flight training today is what to do after losing control. "In previous decades, most airline pilots were military trained in aerobatics and upset recovery," said Stowell. "I'm working from the bottom up [with entry-level students] to produce consistency in general aviation training, decision-making, risk management and [to address] the loss of control that comes from faulty stick-and-rudder skills." AIN Online (2/11)
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What the heck is an exculpatory clause?
At the AOPA Legal Services Plan we review agreements for items including aircraft rental, hangar rental, and aircraft tie-downs. It seems to me in recent years they include releases more and more frequently. Ron Golden, an attorney and counsel to AOPA, remembers overhearing discussions 30 years ago between individuals about signing such a release agreement. In essence, the advice was to "sign it and don't worry about it because it will never hold up in court." AOPA Online.
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Nominate your favorite aircraft in "March Madness" challenge
In the spirit of the NCAA's March Madness, AOPA is giving 64 aircraft a shot at the title of "best aircraft" in the second annual Best Aircraft Showdown bracket. No money, no prizes -- the aircraft are competing. The association is accepting nominations through Thursday, Feb. 14. The challenge is sponsored by AOPA strategic partner Aero-Space Report. AOPA Online.
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