Glory days of GA still found every Saturday at the airport | 102 years of flight in Fort Worth, Texas | Global program for young aviation professionals launched by ICAO
January 14, 2013
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Glory days of GA still found every Saturday at the airport
Blogger David Nixon says he's as guilty as anyone of longing for the good old days. But out at his local airport, he found that chatting with the other pilots and checking out the planes felt just like it used to. General Aviation News (1/13)
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102 years of flight in Fort Worth, Texas
Veterans Memorial Air Park in Fort Worth, Texas, held First Flight Day to commemorate 102 years of aviation in the city. The Texas Historical Commission also has plans to further recognize aviation history including the purchase of a Travel Air 5000 and a piece of land to be named First Flight Park. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (1/12)
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Global program for young aviation professionals launched by ICAO
Young Aviation Professionals Program will identify talent among young aviation professionals to participate in work programs relating to safety, security and the relationships between regulatory efforts and the aviation industry. It is the result of a joint effort between the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and Airports Council International. (U.K.) (1/11)
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"Jetman" could make an appearance at AirVenture
The Experimental Aircraft Association confirmed discussions with Yves Rossy, also known as Jetman, to perform at AirVenture 2013. The demonstration flight would require approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. AVweb (1/13)
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Study will help to prioritize general aviation airport funding in Ohio
The Ohio Department of Transportation is conducting a study to look at how general aviation airports contribute to their respective communities and what improvements are necessary. The Airport Focus Study is being conducted to help ODOT determine future funding priorities. "This study will result in a process by which ODOT and the FAA will be able to optimize investment in Ohio?s airport system with an eye toward safety, efficiency and economic growth," said an ODOT spokesman in an e-mail. American City Business Journals/Columbus, Ohio (1/11)
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Concern over closure of GA airports in N.J.
Since 1950, the number of general aviation airports in New Jersey has dropped by almost half. Newton Airport in Sussex County is the latest GA airport to close. A large number of airports in New Jersey are privately owned, which are at a greater risk of being closed. "You've got a lot of privately owned airports that have done a great job serving the needs of the aviation community (in New Jersey)," said Greg Pecoraro of AOPA. "We are concerned that every year it seems like one or two drop out of service." The New Jersey Herald (Newton) (1/12)
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2013 looking good for Robinson Helicopter
Strong numbers in 2012 could mean a bright 2013 for Robinson Helicopter. The company delivered 517 aircraft in 2012, up from 365 the year before, according to CEO Kurt Robinson. Nearly completed certification requirements for the sale of the R66 in Canada, Europe and Russia also contributes to the company's positive outlook. AIN Online (1/10)
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Student-designed UAVs could be put to work in Fla.
The Engineering & Manufacturing Institute of Technology program at Forest High School in Marion County, Fla., has received an AT&T "STEM at Work" grant, which will fund a challenge put out to students to design unmanned aerial vehicles. Teams of five students will present and fly their prototypes for the Sheriff's Office and Progress Energy energy officials who will choose five that could be developed for future use. Ocala Star-Banner (Fla.) (1/13)
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Determination led pilot to earn her wings
For Lt. Col. Jill Long of Carlisle, Pa., determination was a key element to making her childhood dream of flying come true. It took her first to a local airport, and later to the U.S. Air Force where pilot cutbacks threatened to take her dream away. "People are going to tell you that. All through your life, they're going to say, 'You can't do this, this isn't right for you' ... don't listen to them," said Long. The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.) (1/13)
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AOPA job of the day: Eastern regional manager
The Regional Manager participates in the development, initiation, and execution of strategies that result in: successful advocacy on state legislative or regulatory issues that affect general aviation; development of AOPA's membership base, development of grass-roots support for AOPA goals and issues; and the successful protection of general aviation airports. Read more here.
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