Enticing new faces to GA with lunch | Minn. man still captivated by search for Earhart | Guest blogger Travis Griffith traces the root of his love for aviation
November 20, 2012
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Enticing new faces to GA with lunch
Blogger Jamie Beckett suggests that the way to get new people interested in general aviation might be as simple (and inexpensive) as inviting them to a cookout at the airport. He suggests that giving friends a ring-side seat and providing insight into airport operations might be a low-anxiety way to pique their interest in aviation. "While you enjoy the benefit of not spending $100 on fuel to expose your friend to aviation, you are providing a valuable spark to their imagination that will last for a long time to come," Beckett writes. General Aviation News/Politics for Pilots blog (11/19)
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Minn. man still captivated by search for Earhart
Kenton Spading of Como, Minn., has participated on several expeditions with the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery; he wasn't surprised when the group reported parts of Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E may have been found. Expeditions have become more expensive, sometimes requiring volunteers to foot the bill, but Spalding says for him, it's the excitement of pursuit that keeps the search going. Park Bugle (St. Paul, Minn.) (11/19)
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Lighting up the skies in the earlier days of aviation
In the 1920s, the first airport in Riverside, Calif., was actually located across the Santa Ana River in Rubidoux. The runway had no landing lights, so pilots had to toss a powerful flare attached to a small parachute out the window, which gave them just enough time to spot the runway and land their plane. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (11/19)
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Ala. airport puts its game face on
Tuscaloosa Regional Airport in Alabama is normally home to about 100 aircraft, but when the Alabama Crimson Tide are playing at home, that number is more than doubled. So many Alabama football fans fly in to Tuscaloosa for game day, pilots have to make reservations. The Tuscaloosa News (Ala.) (11/18)
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Helicopters fly to Colo. for high-altitude training
Fort Riley in Kansas is sending 29 helicopters and almost 300 soldiers to Fort Carson in Colorado for high-altitude training. Helicopters including Kiowas, Apaches and Blackhawks will carry soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade. KAKE-TV (Wichita, Kan.) (11/20)
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NextGen has "redundancies to ensure safe" operations, FAA says
The Next Generation Air Transportation System has received attention from some critics who say that the satellite technology used by NextGen is vulnerable to hackers. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that it was continually addressing safety concerns and that NextGen "is based on redundancies to ensure safe and secure operations." KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (11/18)
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Pilot pursues love of aviation by developing his perfect plane
After getting his first taste of aviation while going skydiving with his brother, Gary Schmitt has turned his love of flying into a business venture. He has partnered with Troy Woodland, and together they run Just Aircraft, based out of Walhalla, S.C., building bush-style light sport aircraft. The Highlander (Highland, N.C.) (11/20)
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China proposes training grants for general aviation
Pilots are in short supply across the general aviation industry in China, prompting the country's Civil Aviation Administration to propose grants for pilot training. China's aviation fleet is expanding, but currently one-third of the planes cannot fly due to a lack of pilots. For some companies, hiring a pilot is as expensive as purchasing a plane. China Daily (Beijing) (11/20)
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FAA postpones selection of UAV test sites over privacy concerns
Acting Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta has delayed the selection of unmanned aerial vehicle test sites indefinitely, citing the need to overcome privacy issues before testing begins. Selection of the sites, originally intended to take place next month, is considered an important step for locales to become key players in the development of unmanned aircraft. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (11/19)
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Aero-Space Reports signs on as AOPA's third strategic partner
AOPA has signed a new Strategic Partner agreement with Aero-Space Reports, Inc., one of the leading aircraft title and escrow services providers in the nation. The Oklahoma City-based company becomes AOPA's third Strategic Partner, joining Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, Alamo Rent A Car) and Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. AOPA Online.
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The Name Game
Being added to a friend's policy as a "named pilot" is a great thing. In fact, most of us wish we had more of these kinds of friends. So what does it mean to be a named pilot? Simply put, you have been specifically approved by the underwriter insuring your friend's aircraft to fly their plane without voiding their coverage. There may be some additional requirements you need to follow such as a checkout with a CFI or a few hours of dual logged in the make and model before you are fully cleared. AOPA Online.
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AOPA job of the day: Major gifts officer
The AOPA Foundation seeks a gifts officer, whose primary duties are qualifies, contacts and cultivates potential donors from prospect pool of AOPA members and other interested parties; reviews the prospect pool and develops relationships by submitting proposals to prospective donors; make effective face-to-face presentation to donors and prospects; effectively secure major gifts; and extensive travel to visit donors and fundraising events which includes non-traditional work hours. Read more here.
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-- Georg Büchner,
German writer
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