Researchers are excited about recovered Brewster Buffalo | New Gulfstream orders means jobs in Wis. | New life for Beechcraft?
January 8, 2013
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Researchers are excited about recovered Brewster Buffalo
The Brewster Buffalo fighter did not fare well against the Japanese Zeroes at the Battle of Midway in June 1942 -- only five planes returned. One aircraft has recently been discovered in the Midway lagoon under only 10 feet of water, exciting researchers. "This is a very rare aircraft and to find even the wreckage of one is an exciting discovery," said Hill Goodspeed of the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla. "Midway is the site of one of the most famous battles in naval history." The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (1/1)
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New Gulfstream orders means jobs in Wis.
Some 200 orders for the G650 business jet have spurred Gulfstream Aerospace to add 100 jobs in its Greenville, Wis., facility. The new jobs will be filled over the next 90 days, most of them in purchasing and engineering. American City Business Journals/Atlanta/Morning Call blog (1/7)
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New life for Beechcraft?
As it emerges from bankruptcy, Beechcraft plans to focus on propeller-driven aircraft, adding several new models to its current lineup and turbodiesel versions of the Bonanza and Baron. The plan is an answer to what the company says is a global demand for alternatives to aircraft burning 100LL fuel. Flying online (1/4)
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Nominations open for excellence in GA community
Seven awards are up for grabs for individuals who demonstrate excellence among the general aviation community. Five of those are based on nominations submitted by members of the National Air Transportation Association. Nominations must be submitted to NATA by March 1. General Aviation News (1/6)
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2012 proved to be busier year for Ind. airport
According to John Coon, manager of Anderson Municipal Airport in Indiana, there were 15,000 takeoffs and landings at the airport in 2012, a 9% increase over 2011. Coon attributed the increase activity to events at nearby Anderson Speedway. The Herald Bulletin (Anderson, Ind.) (1/8)
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EMS helicopter operator expands into tours
Air Methods, the largest EMS helicopter operator in the U.S., announced that it has acquired Sundance Helicopters, a Las Vegas tour operator. The company also reported orders for more than 30 new Bell and Eurocopter aircraft configured for aeromedical operations, with deliveries over the next three years. Flying online (1/3)
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Competition for the iPad Mini
Android devices are starting to make their way into aviation applications. The Google Nexus 7 is only 7 inches diagonally, making it slightly smaller than the Mini. Loaded with Garmin Pilot, it proves to be good competition for the Apple product, with a faster processor, a sharper display, additional non-aviation capabilities and comes at half the cost. Flying online (1/4)
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Alberta pilot enjoys winter flying
John Burrows of Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada, enjoys flying his Piper Cherokee 120 during the winter. Despite the inconveniences, Burrows extols the benefits of flying in winter, saying "a lot of the turbulence and choppy air that many people may have experienced if they have taken flights in spring or summer, often disappears." The Whitecourt Star (Alberta) (1/7)
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Flight training costs more in time than money
Blogger Scott Spangler says that the time cost of flight training can be more prohibitive to a pilot's education than finances. Instructors must have a well-planned curriculum and solid preparation plan to reduce the chance of a mechanical cancellation. In the case of foul-weather, Spangler lists ground school and "chair flying" as good ways to take advantage of the time. (1/7)
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"Top 10 Tips to Improve your Flying Club"
Adam Smith, Senior Vice President of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community, will join other flying club experts to share tips and tactics to improving your flying club. Register to find out which tips will help your club reach its full potential. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:00 P.M.
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Strength in purpose
With the national elections behind us, a new year ahead of us, and the economy just maybe starting to show some signs of growth, the time is right for those passionate about flying to help draw general aviation out of its 30-year decline -- no easy task and one that will require collaboration throughout the GA community. AOPA Online.
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