Seattle airfield wins approval for commercial flights | Flight Design CTLSi lands in America | Former Honda Aircraft exec hired for top job at Quest
December 5, 2012
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Seattle airfield wins approval for commercial flights
The issue of adding commercial flights at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., has been hotly debated since the airport was opened in 1936. On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the general aviation airport, which is located near the Boeing plant, for commercial passenger flights. Allegiant Air and Alaska Airlines have expressed interested in offering flights from the airport. The Seattle Times (12/5)
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Flight Design CTLSi lands in America
A fleet of Flight Design CTLSi light sport aircraft has arrived in the U.S. The "i" in the name indicates the new fuel-injected Rotax 912 iS engine. General Aviation News (12/4)
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Former Honda Aircraft exec hired for top job at Quest
Samuel Hill, who retired from Honda Aircraft this year, has been named CEO of Quest Aircraft Co. "I am very pleased to welcome an individual of Sam's caliber to our management team," said Dave Vander Griend, chairman of Quest's board of directors. "Sam not only is extremely experienced as well as highly respected in the aviation industry, but he embodies the same values and purpose of mission that Quest represents." General Aviation News (12/4)
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Delta to close N.C. facility, transfer some jobs to Ky.
Some of the 52 employees of the Kinston, N.C., facility Delta plans to close will be able to transfer to a consolidated private jet unit in Hebron, Ky. Delta Private Jets, based at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, serves as a fixed-base operator, and manages and maintains private and charter aircraft. American City Business Journals/Columbus, Ohio (11/27)
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Flight Training magazine did a Facebook chat on Tuesday about the latest in pilot gadgets. What gadget would you like to receive for the holidays?
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Aviation headsets  26.53%
Flight study guide  6.21%
iTunes/Google Play apps gift card  6.02%
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Study: Wind turbines near Ont. airport a "tremendous success"
An independent study of wind turbines located near Ontario's Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport has found the project to be a "tremendous success for both Chatham-Kent and the airport." According to consultant involved with the study, South Kent Wind has offered the municipality $2.5 million for upgrades to the airport, which would include an airfield lighting upgrade, a new automated weather observation system and a runway extension. The Chatham Daily News (Ontario) (12/4)
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Southern Ill. airport ranks highly for regional economic impact
A report released Tuesday by Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield and the Illinois Department of Transportation showed the airport accounted for a total economic spin-off of $536.6 million in 2010. The figure was the largest among commercial airports in southern Illinois and fourth statewide. The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) (12/4)
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New helicopter helps private rescue group to take off
Flathead Emergency Aviation Resources was founded in 2011 by Jordan White, then undersheriff of the Montana county, and other like-minded individuals. The group recently purchased a new Bell 429 helicopter to be equipped with a hoist, and expects delivery in the spring. "When we add the hoist, along with adding a lot more training and a lot more equipment, we can literally pick somebody out of the forest in a place where we may not be able to land a helicopter for miles," said White. Daily Inter Lake (Kalispell, Mont.) (12/4)
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Textron, Bell create test labs for manned, unmanned aircraft
Textron Systems and Bell Helicopters have teamed up to open state-of-the-art laboratories at Textron's Huntsville, Ala., location. The labs are designed for rapid testing and system integration of manned and unmanned aircraft. (Alabama) (12/4)
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IPad mini appears set to take off
While Apple's iPad mini has only been on the market since Oct. 23, aviation app developers are already drawing attention to how well their products work on the 18% smaller device. According to Rick Ellerbrock, Jeppesen's director for aviation strategy, the mini is expected to find common use as a backup device, and its small weight and size will encourage development of applications designed specifically for crew members. AIN Online (12/2)
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Pa. high-school student earns his wings
Chris Golembeski, a junior at State College Area High School in Pennsylvania, passed his "check ride" in a Piper Cherokee 140. At 17, Golembeski is the minimum required age for a licensed pilot. The son of a single mother, he paid for most of his training with savings from cutting grass and restaurant work. Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) (12/3)
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AOPA job of the day: events coordinator
The events coordinator will support program initiatives for the Outreach department. Activities will include but are not limited to planning and support of AOPA's presence at events, AOPA's annual convention, AOPA's branded merchandise, small meetings and overall department activities. Read more here.
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