Study shows GA is good for economic recovery | Canada seeks to build aviation business with N.M. | Airplane Geeks gets inverted with Steve Tupper
January 17, 2013
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Study shows GA is good for economic recovery
A recent study showed that companies that take advantage of general aviation are doing better in the economic recovery than those that do not, according to a post on the National Business Aviation Association's website. The NBAA wrote that companies using GA "have significantly grown their overall workforce since 2007, relative to non-users." General Aviation News (1/14)
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Canada seeks to build aviation business with N.M.
Canadian trade officials have set a meeting for February in Albuquerque, N.M., to discuss ways the country's and the state's aviation industries might work together. Last year, $739 million in trade between New Mexico and Canada provided 32,000 jobs in the state. American City Business Journals/Albuquerque, N.M. (1/11)
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Airplane Geeks gets inverted with Steve Tupper
The Airplane Geeks podcast talks to fellow podcast host Steve Tupper about the Civil Air Patrol and the Acrocamp aerobatics documentary. Also on the show: the Antonov AN-12 NATO "CUB," fighter pilots and biofuels. Airplane Geeks Podcast (1/16)
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Airport Focus
Private planes bound for inauguration could get runway at Dulles
Officials at Washington Dulles International Airport are considering reserving the airport's westernmost runway for hundreds of private planes expected to arrive in the area for the presidential inauguration over the next few days. The airport is expecting up to 600 GA aircraft to arrive during the three days leading up to the inauguration on Monday. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/16)
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Helicopter specially equipped for sick babies set to take off in Feb.
Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio is spending $7.5 million on a new helicopter specially-equipped to transport babies. "Getting there fast and being able to provide these technologies can potentially be lifesaving," said Dr. Edward Shepherd, the hospital's chief of neonatology. The helicopter is set to take off Feb. 4. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (1/17)
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Okla. is poised to add jobs for UAV industry, report says
Oklahoma could add almost 600 jobs by 2017 in the unmanned aerial vehicle industry, according to a new report. "We are taking the steps necessary to create an environment conducive to job creation and investment that also positions Oklahoma as a national leader in the advancement of UAS technology," said Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (1/16)
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Pilot Spotlight
N.J. teenager earns driving permit, solos airplane on same day
Josh Eichel earned his learner's permit to drive a car and flew his first solo flight on the same day in November. The Marlboro, N.J., teenager had been working toward the solo flight since eighth grade. Of his first solo, Eichel said, "I didn't really have time to think I was flying alone. I had confidence. I've been looking forward to this day for over a year now. It was just me and the airplane." News Transcript (Farmingdale, N.J.) (1/16)
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Utah flight school sees growth
According to owner Ed Helmick, the Diamond Flight Center located at the Springville-Spanish Fork Airport in Utah is seeing huge growth. "This year, we have had 18 private pilot licenses, seven instrument airplane ratings, 14 commercial single engine pilot, nine commercial multi-engine pilot, nine certified flight instructor airplane, two certified flight instructor instrument airplane and one multi-engine airplane instructor," he said. "That is up 33% from 2011." The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah) (1/16)
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Editor's Note
Because of a source error, an item in Wednesday's Aviation eBrief should have said that Avidyne's DFC90 autopilot received European approval for installation in Cessna 182s. SmartBrief regrets the error.
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