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
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.)
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.)
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.
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.
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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