Aviation mechanics school near L.A. is a local asset, say advocates | Details of new Eclipse 550 twinjet are revealed | Terrafugia continues testing, considers third prototype
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January 23, 2013
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Aviation mechanics school near L.A. is a local asset, say advocates
Local aviation advocates and industry officials are calling for the Los Angeles Unified School District to keep open the aviation mechanics training school at the Van Nuys Airport. "This is a huge asset to the city," said Curt Castagna, president of the Van Nuys Airport Association. "A couple hundred students from the school have been hired at the airport. These are good-paying jobs, and they have provided economic value locally and to the industry," he said. The school has been facing budget cuts. Community College Week/The Associated Press (1/21)
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Details of new Eclipse 550 twinjet are revealed
The new $2.695 million Eclipse Aerospace 550 twinjet will use the same airframe and engines as the EA500, but changes will be made to the aircraft's cockpit, cabin and avionics, according to the company's CEO, Mason Holland. The cabin will feature a portable server and iPad and Bluetooth connectivity, and the plane will have anti-lock brakes. AIN Online (1/22)
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Terrafugia continues testing, considers third prototype
Terrafugia is continuing testing of the Transition, its roadable aircraft and continues to make improvements to the vehicle. In a recent news release, the company revealed that it may have to build a third prototype "prior to final compliance testing for certification." The company is aiming toward a light sport designation for the aircraft. AVweb (1/22)
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Carolina aviation foundation gala tickets are still available
There are still a few tickets and table sponsorships available for Friday's Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation annual gala in Havelock, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and Charles Burbage of Lockheed Martin are scheduled to speak at the event titled "Science and Math Take Flight." Havelock News (N.C.) (1/23)
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Mourning the loss of Chicago's Meigs Field
Blogger Robert Mark mourns the loss of Chicago's Meigs Field. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no plans to reopen the airstrip on Northerly Island that was closed by his predecessor Mayor Richard Daley. Jetwhine.com (1/22)
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What helicopters in the backcountry mean besides trouble
While helicopters in the backcountry mean skiing or other extreme activities to some, all too often they mean some tragedy has occurred. Author Ben Wickham explores what other ways helicopters are used, such as for wildlife surveying. Boise Weekly (Idaho) (1/23)
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E-Volo is set to develop a 2-seater volocopter
E-Volo is set to develop a two-seat version of its electric powered vertical-takeoff aircraft. It aims to have a full-sized version ready to exhibit at Aero 2013 in April. AVweb (1/22)
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Alaska fighter pilot is still at the controls at 94
Urban Rahoi served with the Army Air Corps during World War II and doesn't plan to quit any time soon. The 94-year-old Alaska resident recently traveled to Stallion 51 Flight Operations in Kissimmee, Fla., to fly a P-51 Mustang, a WWII fighter plane that he didn't get to fly while in the service. Next on his list is a B-17 in Anchorage that he might get to fly in May. KTVA-TV (Anchorage, Alaska) (1/21)
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FAA group launches study of personal electronic devices
A Federal Aviation Administration group has started a six-month-long study of personal electronic devices, this feature says. The group is examining the FAA's in-flight ban on use of the devices. "The group's goal is to help operators decide if they can allow more widespread use of electronic devices in today's aircraft and make sure tomorrow's aircraft designs are protected from interference," the FAA said in a statement. Air Transport World (1/21)
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Recreational-use bill makes progress in Wyoming
A bill to protect landowners from liability for noncommercial use of their private airstrips has passed the Wyoming House and moved on to the Senate. House Bill 90 passed the House Jan. 21 on a 57-2 vote as Wyoming joined other states that have taken up recreational-use legislation during the 2013 lawmaking session. AOPA is working with sponsors and supporters to pass the bill that could open access to many new airport destinations and create new flying opportunities for general aviation pilots. AOPA Online.
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