Fuller: Clubs give pilots more from their flying | Initial approval for landing fees at Colo. airport | NTSB makes GA safety a top priority
November 16, 2012
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Fuller: Clubs give pilots more from their flying
Participants in a webinar hosted by the Center to Advance the Pilot Community learned more about how to start their own flying clubs, and center leader Adam Smith answered hundreds of their questions, writes AOPA's Craig Fuller. "Last night, we began the process of taking the mystery out of flying clubs and making them accessible to many more pilots who want to get more from their flying," he writes. AOPA Online (11/15)
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Initial approval for landing fees at Colo. airport
County commissioners gave initial approval to a 5% increase in landing fees for non-local commercial and private aircraft at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Colorado. Compared with other airports on Colorado's Western Slope, Aspen's are some of the highest. The Aspen Times (Colo.) (11/16)
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NTSB makes GA safety a top priority
General aviation safety has again been included on the National Transportation Safety Board's yearly list of "most wanted safety improvements." Through accident investigations, the NTSB has found that in many cases pilots lacked "adequate knowledge, skills or recurrent training to fly safely, particularly in questionable weather conditions." The board recommends additional weather information, simulator and avionics training. Flying online (11/15)
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Huerta: The FAA is committed to the safety and success of GA
In a speech at an aviation business roundtable, Michael Huerta, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, told participants that the agency is committed to raising the bar for the safety and success of general aviation. Voluntary reporting systems, sharing and analyzing data and the transition to NextGen will all work toward that goal, Huerta said. Avionics Intelligence (11/16)
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Study shows airports in Ind. boost state's economy
An economic impact study shows that Indiana's 69 tax-funded airports contribute some 70,000 jobs and more than $14 billion in spending to the state's economy. Reduced federal funding for airport capital improvements means that the state and local share will now double. "As we go into a budget year, we want to make sure the legislature understands the importance of airports," said Bart Giesler, executive director of Aviation Association of Indiana. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (11/12)
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Bell Helicopter makes dent in Chinese market with new agreements
Bell Helicopter extended its reach in China, appointing a new managing director for the country and signing an agreement to make H&P General Aviation Service Co. an authorized customer service facility. Additionally, the company announced Guangzhou Civil Aviation College will be the first authorized maintenance-training facility. AIN Online (11/14)
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AOPA releases new app for iPad
The FlyQ Electronic Flight Bag for the Apple iPad is the latest addition of flight planning products offered by AOPA. The application is a complete flight planning tool, providing airport information, moving maps, runway diagrams and more. "AOPA's members asked for an even more powerful app, and now they have FlyQ EFB, which offers users the tools they need to make flight planning smarter and more convenient," said AOPA vice president Chris Ward. General Aviation News (11/15)
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Flight school pilot-owner celebrates first anniversary of business
For Rick Bargabos, flying is a family affair -- his parents, brothers and wife are all pilots. Celebrating the first anniversary of his school Eagle View Flight Training based at Hamilton Municipal Airport in New York, he hopes to share his passion for flying. Madison County Courier (Wampsville, N.Y.) (11/16)
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Training issue could ground charters
A change made last year to the Federal Aviation Administration Inspector's Handbook could ground pilots and fleets. The FAA had previously approved Part 142 instructors and check airmen who didn't fully meet the safety requirements, but that has now changed and some companies may not be able to find qualified airmen. AIN Online (11/15)
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Thunderbolt International offers AOPA member discount
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AOPA seeks Manager, AOPA Flying Club Network
This position will lead program development, management, and coordination of all aspects of the new AOPA Flying Club Network. The applicant will be responsible for communicating and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders, including AOPA members, aviation associations, flying clubs, prospective pilots, student pilots, and aviation enthusiasts. Read more here.
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