New LoPresti CEO refines company focus | Hawker Beechcraft needs to fill open jobs in Wichita, Kan. | Mont. aviation conference is expected to attract over 500 guests
January 31, 2013
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New LoPresti CEO refines company focus
LoPresti Aviation's new CEO, Tyler Wheeler, is refining the company's focus to the fast-growing business of jet and turboprop lighting. The company does not plan to fly its Fury in air shows in 2013, but still plans to offer five custom mechanic-built Furys licensed in the exhibition category. General Aviation News (1/29)
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Hawker Beechcraft needs to fill open jobs in Wichita, Kan.
Employment numbers released this week by Hawker Beechcraft show the company's Kansas workforce has dropped below the level required to receive its full incentives from state and local governments. The aircraft manufacturer needs to fill 65 open jobs to continue receiving full payments of the $45 million in incentives granted in December 2010. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (1/30)
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Mont. aviation conference is expected to attract over 500 guests
The Montana Aviation Conference scheduled for Feb. 28 to Mar. 2 in Butte is expected to attract 500 to 600 guests, said Pat Shea, Bert Mooney Airport manager. Some 20 sessions are scheduled including tales of an Alaskan pilot and opportunities to meet with representatives from various organizations and government agencies. The Montana Standard (Butte) (1/31)
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Plane mufflers could offer noise relief for Calif. airport neighbors
Tests of a German-made muffler on a Cessna 172 showed a considerable reduction in noise, offering relief to airport neighbors, officials of Santa Monica, Calif., reported to the Airport Commission. The commission will ask the City Council to discount landing fees for aircraft using the mufflers. Installation of the muffler is about $5,000; local flight school owner Joe Justice said that "there wouldn't be a mad rush to put those on to avoid paying landing fees." Monica, Calif. (1/30)
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Nonprofit group hopes to expand to La. airport
The nonprofit group Pilots for Patients hopes to lease a dormant hangar at Monroe Regional Airport in Louisiana. In the proposed contract, the group has agreed to spend from $50,000 to $100,000 to renovate the hangar in exchange for a $500-per-month rebate for the first five years of the lease. The News-Star (Monroe, La.) (tiered subscription model) (1/30)
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Helicopter Adventures gets go-ahead from judge
The South Carolina-based company Helicopter Adventures has won approval from a Horry County judge to continue operating, much to the dismay of neighbors. Residents of the Plantation Point neighborhood have been complaining since the company made its first flight in 2012. WMBF-TV (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) (1/30)
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UAVs could help safeguard U.S. highways
A recent project to study the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to aid in the patrolling of the 4 million miles of U.S. highways received a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and the Georgia Department of Transportation. Javier Irizarry, director of the CONECTech Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, said that UAVs equipped with small cameras could inspect bridges or survey traffic conditions. (1/30)
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N.J. teen wins aviation grant
An essay written by high school sophomore and flight student Anthony Ross Peri recently won him $1,500 from the Hal Botsford Gift of Wings Fund. The money is to help Peri further his flight education. "I used to take lessons every other week, but with this money, I am taking a lesson every weekend now. I hope to get my pilot's license when I turn 16," he said., N.J. (1/31)
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Schools prepare for UAVs with expanded training
Flight training schools and community colleges have added courses on unmanned aerial vehicles. The Federal Aviation Administration predicts that more than 10,000 UAVs will be operating in the U.S. in the next few years. While only three schools offer full degrees in UAV piloting, more than 350 other programs offer other training for UAVs. The Washington Times (1/29)
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