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January 30, 2013
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Leaded automobile fuel is going out of style
Innospec, the world's only producer of tetraethyl lead, told its shareholders that it will stop producing leaded automobile fuel. According to the company's website, the company plans to continue to make it for aviation as long as necessary. AVweb (1/29)
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Flying's editor: LSA market will never be strong
The idea to create the light sport aircraft category was a "stroke of brilliance," writes Flying's editor in chief Robert Goyer. Unfortunately, it didn't work. Manufacturers were expected to save money with the simplified certification process and pass the savings to the consumer. The most noteworthy benefit of an LSA is "that the pilot in command needs no FAA medical certificate," Goyer writes. Flying online/Going Direct blog (1/29)
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Bizjets are not powered by lithium-ion batteries
The only business jet currently certified with a lithium-ion battery is the Cessna Citation CJ4 -- but it is no longer flying with it. The Gulfstream G650 was issued special conditions for lithium-ion batteries but instead uses lead-acid and Ni-Cad batteries. AIN Online (1/29)
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AOPA video discusses safety
Journalist and pilot James Fallows presents a video from AOPA's Air Safety Foundation that he says shows how hard AOPA works to identify and reduce the factors that create dangers in flying. The video is a recreation of the chain of accidents that led to the death of four people. The Atlantic online (1/29)
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DOE, FAA support Think Global Flight education initiatives
Anthony Fowler of the U.S. Department of Education and James Brough, the Federal Aviation Administration's National Aviation and Space Education Manager, are now serving on the Think Global Flight Advisory Council. Craig Fuller says, "AOPA is proud to support Think Global Flight as they travel around the world using general aviation to inspire students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics." FlightSim.com (1/30)
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Big plans for La. municipal airport
Mayor Wayne Fleming of Franklinton, La., says that plans to update the areas municipal airport will be completed over a five-year period. Proposed improvements include new fencing, a fuel-system for airplanes and additional hangars. Funding would come from a grant from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development's Aviation Division. The Daily News (Bogalusa, La.) (1/29)
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Sikorsky teams up with Boeing to submit proposal for new Army helicopter
Sikorsky Aircraft and Boeing have signed an agreement to submit a proposal for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role helicopter. The two companies said they plan to have one or more demonstrator aircraft built and ready to fly by the program's first milestone in 2017. AIN Online (1/25)
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Hand flying vs. instrument panels in LSA
Blogger Dan Johnson discusses the instrument panels in some late-model light sport aircraft. He says that physically flying a plane and using avionics are two separate but equally fun activities. General Aviation News (1/9)
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LaHood was "conflicted" about stepping down
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was an avid supporter of President Barack Obama's $53 billion plan for high-speed rail in America. LaHood say he felt "conflicted" over his departure and has pledged to stay until his successor is confirmed by the Senate. Politico (1/30)
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List of successors to LaHood could include Villaraigosa, Granholm:
A number of former transportation officials and 2012 presidential campaign surrogates are among rumored successors to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Names include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The Hill/Transportation blog (1/29)
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AOPA News
Sponsorship provides discounts, service at GA airports
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, an AOPA strategic partner, is now the sponsor of AOPA Airports, an up-to-date directory of public-use airports and fixed-base operators (FBOs) across the United States. As the directory's sponsor, Enterprise will offer AOPA members a discount on its everyday low rental rates and the opportunity to reserve rental cars directly through a link on the online edition of AOPA Airports. Read more here.
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AeroLEDs joins AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts program
AeroLEDs is introducing FAA TSO'd ALL-LED replacement NAV/ACS/POS lights and the PMA'd LED SunSpot 36HX landing light replacement with an integrated pulse feature. AOPA members will receive free shipping valued at $15.00 with their purchase. AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts program.
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