GA support, finances cut in Washington | Digital fly-by-wire could change how people fly | Domestic, foreign jet builders gear up for China bizav expansion
December 4, 2012
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GA support, finances cut in Washington
General aviation has a number of things to worry about as it rolls into 2013. The recent election has reduced the number of GA supporters in Washington, while the $100 user fee remains on the table and the president's budget request for the FAA is down by $730 million from the last fiscal year. General Aviation News (12/3)
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Digital fly-by-wire could change how people fly
A Diamond Aircraft DA42 twin was tested in Austria with digital fly-by-wire systems, demonstrating active electronic control. The company hopes the technology could someday change how people fly light aircraft. AVweb (11/29)
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Domestic, foreign jet builders gear up for China bizav expansion
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft unveiled the Primus 150 -- set to be China's first locally built business jet -- at the air show in Zhuhai last month. By the end of November, Bombardier had delivered 87 aircraft. But competition between jet operators is expected to get tougher, according to a recent report. "No more than 20 operators will survive in this market," said Gao Yuanyang, director of the General Aviation Industry Research Center of Beihang University. China Daily (Beijing) (12/4)
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Alberta airport turns lights back on
Nearly $1 million of upgrades and improvements have been completed at Drayton Valley Municipal Airport in Alberta, Canada, including the installation of a new lighting system, which will again allow planes to take off and land at night. The airport's lighting system failed in the fall of 2011 and has been dark since then. Drayton Valley Western Review (Alberta) (12/3)
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Sikorsky certifies S-76D, schedules deliveries
FAA type certification was granted to the Sikorsky S-76D medium-twin helicopter on Oct. 12, sealing a seven-year development program. According to a company official, the helicopter will offer a higher cruise speed than earlier models and burn fuel more efficiently. Sikorsky is now seeking EASA certification and plans to begin deliveries by the end of this quarter. AIN Online (12/1)
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ADS-B receiver for SkyView system now available
The remotely mounted Dynon Avionics SV-ADSB-470 UAT Band Traffic and Weather Receiver integrates with the SkyView system, providing access to weather and traffic information. The ADS-B "In" solution is designed for experimental and light sport aircraft, and information displayed does not require a monthly subscription. General Aviation News (12/4)
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New Jersey man shares love of flying with 14-year-old daughter
Thomas Ploch of North Caldwell, N.J., thought learning to fly a glider was a great idea for his daughter, Hannah. "Gliders are very safe. The most dangerous part of gliding is driving to the airport," said Ploch. The 14-year-old has grown up around planes since she was 2. "Dad's always been flying," she said. "He wanted me to do it, so I did it." Hannah is working toward getting her solo license in the spring of next year. The Progress (Caldwell, N.J.) (11/30)
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Arkansas organization provides transport for medical patients
The Paragould, Ark., chapter of Pilots for Christ provides transportation for medical patients to destinations within 300 miles of the local general aviation airport. The group consists of pilot volunteers who own airplanes. In addition to flying, Pilots for Christ President Lance Winn said the pilots also distribute Bibles to the airports they visit. Paragould Daily Press (Ark.) (11/25)
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Ohio flight school says community-building is secret to success
Eric Radtke, president and chief flight instructor at Sporty's Academy in Cincinnati, says the academy's secret is building a successful community. From a bell that invites all employees to congratulate a pilot on his or her first solo flight, to news releases on social media, to monthly cookouts, Sporty's eagerly welcomes newcomers into the aviation community. (12/3)
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Flying high with Aaron Tippin
Michael Bush has been an AOPA member since 2009 and was one of the winners at the AOPA Foundation’s annual “Night for Flight” auction. He bid $2,901 to go on a T-6 flight with country music legend Aaron Tippin. AOPA Online.
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Understanding the dangers of an understated hull
Hull coverage is the single most expensive part of your aircraft insurance premium. The reason is simple. Hull claims are much more frequent, resulting in insurance carriers paying a lot more in hull claims than liability claims. Because the premium attached to your hull coverage is the most attention-grabbing line item on your quote, you may be tempted to undervalue your aircraft to save a few dollars. Resist this temptation as it could cost you your aircraft. AOPA Online.
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Christmas card sales support the AOPA Foundation
AOPA’s partner of 15 years, the Holiday Card Center, has designed another great collection of Christmas and general holiday cards for you this year. View our 26 aviation-themed holiday cards and other fun gifts in our 2012 collection today! AOPA Online.
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