GAMA: Carney's statements are outrageous | Project aims for greener midsize planes | Analyst, Airplane Geeks discuss airline merger
February 21, 2013
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GAMA: Carney's statements are outrageous
White House press secretary Jay Carney continues to withhold any sympathy for the many aviation workers who could lose their jobs if the Obama administration manages to eliminate the tax exemption for personal and corporate jets, saying it's a choice between "special" tax breaks or jobs for teachers. "These statements are totally outrageous and Mr. Carney should apologize," said General Aviation Manufacturers Association CEO Pete Bunce. "It's completely offensive to refer to hardworking Americans as 'difficult choices.' " Politico (2/20)
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Project aims for greener midsize planes
The EU-funded WASIS project aims to build a composite fuselage structure that will meet strict environmental and safety demands, while also being cost-efficient to produce. The project is developing the technology specifically for midsize aircraft that can be utilized in the business and general aviation sectors. (2/21)
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Analyst, Airplane Geeks discuss airline merger
The Airplane Geeks podcast talks to industry analyst Henry Harteveldt about the merger between US Airways and American Airlines and what that means for labor relations, maintenance and competition. Also on the show: Cirrus hires new workers for VisionJet, the world's largest helicopter museum and the life of an airline pilot. Airplane Geeks Podcast (2/20)
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Alaska GA airport makes room for B727 landing
Merrill Field, a small general aviation airport located near Anchorage, Alaska, is working to make room to land a Boeing B727. The aircraft was donated to the University of Alaska Anchorage's Aviation Maintenance Program as a mobile classroom by FedEx. "There is a great deal of excitement around here about the aircraft," said professor Paul Herrick, "and the opportunities it presents." (2/20)
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Helicopter rescues hiker from stalking mountain lion
A California Highway Patrol helicopter was called in to rescue hiker David Nash who was being stalked by an aggressive mountain lion. "We actually had to come in quite low and close to Mr. Nash for the cat to finally take off and run up the mountain," said pilot David White. "We were able to hover over top of Mr. Nash with a bright light which is our night sun spotlight. And we stayed over the top of him until he met up with deputies further up the trail." KTXL-TV (Sacramento, Calif.) (2/21)
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All-female helicopter squadron take to Russian sky
The first all-female helicopter squadron in Russia, named The Hummingbirds, is the result of a joint project by Russian Helicopter Systems and Russian Helicopters. "Traditionally, aviation is considered something sacred, the lot of iron-handed men. It is true that flying aircraft requires very serious training but at the same time the helicopter is a transport available to everyone. Our aim is to make helicopters and the helicopter sport popular," said RHS press-secretary Azad Karriyev. Voice of Russia (2/21)
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Garmin focuses on future of plane devices
Garmin stock prices fell to new lows after a disappointing fourth quarter; the company has been steadily losing sales due to the emergence of cellphone navigation applications. The company continues to diversify its focus. "The future of Gamin is in dashboards for planes, boats, cars and devices for sports enthusiasts," said analyst John Bright. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (2/20)
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Ariz. pilot inspires Cub Scouts with first flight
Arizona-based pilot Ben Reyes first caught the aviation bug at age 5. Thirty-five years later, he took a troop of Cub Scouts for an introductory session, hoping pass his passion for flight on to the next generation. The Scouts earned their aviation merit badges. The Republic (Columbus, Ind.) (2/19)
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Municipal airport gets flight school
Integration Innovation has renamed itself the i3 Global Flight Center and moved operations to New Braunfels Municipal Airport in Texas. It is a Certified Cessna Pilot Center and manages, maintains and stores aircraft. American City Business Journals/San Antonio (2/20)
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New flight school celebrates grand opening in S.C.
The Myrtle Beach Academy of Aviation in South Carolina is celebrating its grand opening today. Students can earn their private pilot's license in as few as 30 days, working with the latest technology and simulators. "The student can learn at their own pace, and we're preparing and building a part-141 school where the student will follow very regimented flight curriculum," said Chief Instructor Bill O'Hara. WMBF-TV (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) (2/21), WBTW-TV (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) (2/21)
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Students get STEM training through Raytheon
During Raytheon's daylong "Engineering is Awesome" program Monday in southern Arizona, students got a chance to see science, engineering, math and technology principles at work in robots, missiles, and electron microscopes -- and Raytheon got a chance to encourage the students who could become its future engineers. High-school students from around the region took part in the event, held at Raytheon Missile Systems' airport plant, and many said they came away inspired to study engineering. "You get a really good idea of what you're looking forward to," said high-school senior Charlotte Mitchell. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (2/19)
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Beechcraft interview, fly upgraded Seneca V
AOPA Live gets an exclusive interview with Beechcraft Corp. officials on details of the company's emergence from bankruptcy and plans for the future. Fly the Seneca V with a new Garmin G1000 panel, find out how volunteers are rebuilding history -- a Curtiss hangar -- one step at a time. AOPA Live This Week, Feb. 21.
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AOPA job of the day: President, AOPA Insurance Services
The AOPA Insurance Agency, a subsidiary of AOPA, is the world's largest light aircraft insurance brokerage. The president will provide leadership, including overseeing operations in Wichita, Kan., to ensure the highest level of member service, quality, profitability, production efficiency and cost effective management of resources. Learn more.
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