GA has positive impact on economy | GAMA teams up with BuildAPlane to encourage STEM education | FAA imposes hiring freeze for air-traffic controllers
March 14, 2013
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GA has positive impact on economy
Pilot, aircraft owner and employee at Cirrus Aircraft Todd Simmons writes that general aviation and the aircraft manufacturing industry make a positive impact on the job market and create economic value for small business. Simmons writes that Cirrus aircraft "are absolutely critical tools of commerce and productivity that provide entrepreneurs with quick and efficient access to smaller communities, remote locations and cities and towns across America's heartland that are served by more than 5,000 local airports." Forbes (3/13)
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GAMA teams up with BuildAPlane to encourage STEM education
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association together with BuildAPlane is launching a nationwide aircraft design competition to encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. Students will use "Fly To Learn" software; the two winning teams will participate in Glasair's "Two Weeks to Taxi" program. Flying online (3/12)
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FAA imposes hiring freeze for air-traffic controllers
As a result of budget cuts from sequestration, the Federal Aviation Administration has instituted a hiring freeze for air-traffic controllers. Around 3,000 controllers are eligible for retirement, which could leave the agency understaffed if eligible workers choose to retire. Politico (3/13)
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Essay: Remembering the family's blue and white Cessna 195
Pilot Ross Nixon remembers his father's blue and white Cessna 195. His father came to the rescue in the airplane when his mother and the children locked her keys in the trunk of her car at a remote beach. Oddball Pilot (3/7)
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Mass. airport celebrates women in aviation
Northampton Airport in Massachusetts hosted the "Fly it Forward" event last weekend to get women and girls interested in careers in aviation, as part of Women in Aviation week. Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.) (free registration) (3/10)
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Tuskegee Airman is honored by Calif. airport
Oceanside Municipal Airport in California was dedicated to the memory of Tuskegee Airman Bob Maxwell in a renaming ceremony Saturday. "I met Bob Maxwell when we were trying to save the airport," said Councilman Jerry Kern. "He was always involved. His life was aviation." The Coast News (Encinitas, Calif.) (3/13)
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New helipad at Calif. hospital can accommodate Blackhawk
A new 54-foot helipad at the Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center in California was designed to be large enough for a Blackhawk helicopter to land. According to Blackhawk pilot Col. Scott Vandehoef, the helipad will serve the community well in case of a disaster. "It's another tool in the toolbox," he said. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (3/9)
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European agency updates recommendations for volcanic ash
The European Aviation Safety Agency has updated its recommendations on flying through volcanic ash. The agency warned that carriers should "avoid operation in visible volcanic ash." Three years ago, volcanic ash from a volcano in Iceland caused flight disruptions in Europe. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/14)
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Woman overcomes huge hurdle to earn pilot's license
After surviving a double-lung transplant, Jennifer Julian earned her private pilot's license. "I have more drive to accomplish more endorsements in the world of aviation," she said. General Aviation News (3/12)
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Calif. county approves lease for new flight school
County supervisors approved a lease to allow Taiwan-based EVA Airlines to build a flight school at Sacramento Executive Airport in California. The airline hopes the school will be open by 2016; about 100 students will be trained using general aviation airplanes. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (3/13)
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Tip: Remember to check static wicks before flying
Static wicks are easily damaged, and it's important to check them during preflight. If the wicks are damaged, it's possible to lose communication completely. Flying online (3/11)
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AOPA job of the day: Director of outreach and events
The director of outreach and events is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of organizational events that meet the programmatic and quality goals of AOPA. The director leads a department responsible for AOPA's annual convention, AOPA Aviation Summit, a cornerstone event that attracts around 10,000 attendees each year. The outreach team also organizes and executes AOPA's participation in other events such as airshows and pilot town halls and provides support for internal events like all-hands gatherings and trustee meetings. Read more here.
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