Honeywell signs equipment deal with Cessna | Canadians complete first civilian flight on 100% biofuel | Honor Flight thanks World War II vets
November 5, 2012
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Honeywell signs equipment deal with Cessna
Honeywell has signed an $800 million equipment deal with Cessna to provide navigation, communication and environmental control systems for the new Citation Latitude and Citation Longitude aircraft. Among the equipment to be included are high-frequency radios, LASEREF VI inertial reference navigation systems and the RE100 auxiliary power unit for the Latitude. (U.K.) (11/1)
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Canadians complete first civilian flight on 100% biofuel
The Canadian National Research Council conducted what may be the world's first civilian flight using pure biofuel on Oct. 29, calling it a "historic milestone for the aviation and sustainable energy industries." The flight was operated by NRC chief pilot Tim Leslie in the council's Falcon 20. AVweb (11/4)
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Honor Flight thanks World War II vets
Honor Flight is a national program that flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial dedicated to them. Among a recent flight of vets was retired fighter pilot John "Ace" Drummond, a former South Carolina senate leader. Aiken Standard (S.C.)/The Associated Press (11/4)
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A week after the NBAA show and the release of two business aviation forecasts, how are you feeling about the industry's recovery?
Check out poll results in Wednesday's eBrief. The results from the poll questions in Aviation eBrief do not necessarily represent the views of pilots, aircraft owners or AOPA members and therefore should not be used for research purposes.
VoteI'm optimistic -- the recovery seems to be under way
VoteI'm cautious -- I see slow to flat growth
VoteI'm pessimistic -- the industry is still in the doldrums
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Despite strict requirements, airports continue to close
Many owners of both public and private airports feel that they could realize more profits by selling the airport for development or repurposing the land for other use. The Federal Aviation Administration has strict requirements for the closure of airports that have received federal funding, making it harder to close an airport than owners might have anticipated. AIN Online (11/3)
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Procedures are canceled at some airports to cut costs
In an effort to cut costs, the Federal Aviation Administration plans to announce a program to cancel approaches at some airports where they are rarely used. According to the FAA, criteria for the cancellations will be developed by the end of the year. AVweb (11/4)
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Neb. hospital upgrades its helicopter
Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb., will upgrade the helicopter used by their AirCare medical transport service in mid-November. The new Bell 429 is lighter and more agile, AirCare's chief flight nurse said in a news release. Kearney Hub (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (11/3)
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LightSquared is not grounded for good
Despite the February withdrawal of the company's operating licenses by the Federal Communications Commission, LightSquared is ready to move forward with new plans. Owner Philip Falcone has apparently alleviated the concerns of his investors, who were attempting to break reorganization protection granted to the company after declaring bankruptcy in May in order to recover some $1.4 billion that had been invested. AIN Online (11/3)
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Colo. pilot, mentor is inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame
At 91, pilot and mentor Jack Greiner of Longmont, Colo., is being inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. Greiner caught the aviation bug at age 13 and went on to become a stunt pilot, aircraft mechanic and flight instructor. The Longmont Times-Call (Colo.) (11/3)
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Industry continues to work on 100LL alternative
The FAA, industry, and the members of the General Aviation Avgas Coalition continue efforts to work on a permanent solution to eventually replace 100 low-lead gasoline for GA aircraft that will meet the needs of the existing fleet. AOPA Online.
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AOPA Live This Week -- Live from NBAA convention
HawkerBeechcraft to become Beechcraft Corporation, Cessna upgrades the Sovereign, Dassault the Falcon 2000, and Embraer introduces the 450. Honeywell forecasts business jet sales and Matalin and Carville forecast the elections -- all on AOPA Live This Week.
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AOPA members get discounts on VFR, IFR Refresher kits
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Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible."
-- George Orwell,
British novelist and journalist
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