Friends build plane in barn, airstrip in backyard | "Stupid Pilot Tricks" are riskier in world where cameras abound | NBAA boosts brand with new U.S. show name
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February 5, 2013
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Friends build plane in barn, airstrip in backyard
Patrick Tippmann and Patrick Borton are making progress on the Zenith STOL CH 750 kit plane sitting in pieces in Tippmann's Fort Wayne, Ind., barn. Tippmann plans to fly the plane out of his backyard after laying a 1,700-foot grass airstrip on the edge of his property. The two men met while training for their pilot's licenses in 2011; Tippmann said, "Two years ago if you said, 'Do you think you're ever gonna build an airplane and fly it out of the backyard?' I'd say, 'Heck, no.' " The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (2/5)
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"Stupid Pilot Tricks" are riskier in world where cameras abound
Blogger Ron Rapp says that the presence of a camera shouldn't be the only thing keeping a pilot from performing "Stupid Pilot Tricks," but in a camera-ridden world, pilots should be even more prudent with their flying. "In an era of glass panels, portable GPS receivers, tablets, and smartphones, it's worth remembering that if you're got a computerized device in your aircraft, everything you do is being recorded," he writes. The House of Rapp (1/29)
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NBAA boosts brand with new U.S. show name
Formerly called a "Meeting and Convention," the National Business Aviation Association has renamed its annual event the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen says the name change is a move to strengthen the brand, highlighting that the NBAA's shows are world-class events. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.)/Air Capital Insider blog (2/4)
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Tenn. holds grand opening of new bizav airport
The $42 million project to build Cleveland Regional Jetport in Tennessee was completed in two years. The airport replaces nearby Hardwick Field and features a 5,500-foot runway with LED lighting. Other facilities include pilot lounges, conferences rooms and a full catering kitchen. The grand opening was held Jan. 25. AIN Online (2/5)
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Fla. airport is home to working propeller planes
A dozen large propeller planes including Douglas DC-3s and Convair 340s are still in use at Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Florida. The planes, which were the airlines' and military's workhorses of the 1940s and 1950s, fly cargo and sometimes respond to oil spills. Opa-Locka's airport is steeped in aviation history; it was Amelia Earhart's starting point when attempting to fly around the world in 1937, and was home to a naval air station during World War II. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (2/4)
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Lawmakers revisit L.A. helicopter noise bill
A group of congressmen and senators are working together to ensure that the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act moves forward in Congress. In a statement, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., referred to the noise generated by helicopters in the Hollywood Hills and West Hollywood saying, "The residents in these areas deserve peace and quiet, and if the FAA won't act, Congress must pass this legislation to give residents the relief they need." Patch.com/North Hollywood - Toluca Lake (2/4)
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Embraer will keep Honeywell for E-Jets job
Honeywell will supply avionics to Brazilian aerospace firm Embraer for its new E-Jets line, which is set for a 2018 launch. There had been some noise that Embraer might choose a different supplier for the systems. The deal with Honeywell is the second contract so far for the E-Jets, with Pratt & Whitney previously named a supplier for the aircrafts' turbofans. AIN Online (2/4), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/4)
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Colo. school district orders $100,000 flight simulator
A new aviation program affiliated with the Aspen School District in Colorado designed to incorporate aviation into multiple fields of study from elementary school on up is moving forward with the recent order of a $100,000 Redbird FMX flight simulator. "The ultimate goal is that we want to excite kids about engineering," said pilot and advanced ground-school instructor Greg Roark. "We need a new generation of kids that build stuff." The project is funded by private donors and will also include ground-school instruction in classrooms. Aspen Daily News (Colo.) (2/4)
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Several universities offer UAS major
A major in unmanned aircraft systems has been available at the University of North Dakota since 2009. Other schools now offering the major include Kansas State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The degree includes a combination of science, technology and engineering. "It's not just aerospace engineering; it's not just mechanical engineering. It's electrical engineering, mechatronics, sensor and human factors," said Daryl Davidson of the Auvsi Foundation, part of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/1)
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Aviation law faces hurdles, report says
The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to fully implement measures such as a database of pilots' background information, according to a report by the Transportation Department's inspector general. "To effectively implement these initiatives in a timely manner, [the] FAA must balance industry concerns with a sustained commitment to oversight," the report said. The Hill/Transportation blog (2/3), Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)/The Associated Press (2/2)
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