Beechcraft files protest with GAO over Air Force contract | NTSB aims to reduce GA accidents with possible safety alerts | Budget cuts put Blue Angels' spring schedule in doubt
March 11, 2013
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Beechcraft files protest with GAO over Air Force contract
Beechcraft Corp. filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office over the Air Force's decision to award rival Sierra Nevada, partnered with Brazil-based Embraer, a $427.5 ?million light air support contract. "Our belief that we have the best aircraft was confirmed by the Air Force rating our aircraft 'exceptional,' and the fact that we are the lower-cost solution was confirmed by the USAF?s public award announcement," said Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (3/8)
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NTSB aims to reduce GA accidents with possible safety alerts
The National Transportation Safety Board plans to consider new safety alerts that hopes will reduce the frequency of general aviation accidents. Issues under consideration include low-altitude aerodynamic stalls and risk management for pilots. American City Business Journals/Wichita, Kan. (3/8)
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Budget cuts put Blue Angels' spring schedule in doubt
The Navy plans to cancel performances by the Blue Angels at spring air shows due to federal budget cuts. Performances of the Air Force's Thunderbirds and the Army's Golden Knights have already been canceled. Air show organizers say they will loose valuable tourism dollars due to the canceled performances. The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (3/10)
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GA is in transition
Blogger Jamie Beckett writes that general aviation isn't dead, it's in transition. "There is hope for a new tomorrow, with a new population of pilots who have a fresh, vibrant appreciation for GA's role in the US economy, and the world at large," he writes. General Aviation News (3/7)
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FAA: Towers will be kept open only due to national interests
Officials at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida have until Wednesday to respond to the Federal Aviation Administration about why the airport's air traffic control tower should be kept open. "Negative impact on the national interest is the only criterion the FAA will use for deciding to continue services to an airport that falls below the activity threshold," according to a letter from the FAA. Organizers of the Lakeland-based Sun 'n Fun Fly-In say they are set to hire private air traffic controllers if necessary. The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (3/7)
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Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney report new orders after Heli-Expo
Sikorsky Aircraft officials say Britain-based Bristow Group made a major order that could be more than $350 million for 26 aircraft. Pratt & Whitney will provide the engines for the Sikorsky deal, as well as Eurocopter's EC135. The agreements were announced at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (3/11)
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New turbine version of Bell 47 announced
Scott?s-Bell 47 announced a new turbine version of the Bell 47. It will have a Rolls-Royce?s RR300 engine, updated avionics and composite main rotor blades. Flying online (3/7)
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Seneca V will have 3-display Garmin G1000 avionics
Piper Aircraft announced that its Seneca V will feature a three-display avionics suite from Garmin, available this year. The G1000 is an all-glass system designed for greater situational awareness and safety to the cockpit, according to Piper officials. Avionics Intelligence (3/10)
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Professor takes the high road during morning commute
Pilot and criminal justice professor at Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Andrew Fulkerson takes the high road during his morning commute. Fulkerson travels from his home in Paragould, Ark., to the university in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in his Piper Cherokee Warrior whenever the weather allows. Though flying is a family tradition, Fulkerson said, "I wasn't really flying much until I got the job here. I thought 'This will work real well,' and so I've flown a lot the last few years." Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau) (3/10)
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Anatomy of a flying club
Look behind the scenes at one of the country's largest flying clubs with Steve Blonstein of California's West Valley Flying Club. West Valley has been in operation for more than 40 years, helping 10,000 members stay involved with aviation. Adam Smith, senior vice president of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community, and Blonstein will discuss the day-to-day operations of the club, which includes a diverse fleet of 40-plus airplanes and instructors, during a webinar at 8 p.m. Eastern on March 20. Register now!
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The director leads the annual planning and budgeting processes for the Association and all functional areas in collaboration with the leadership team. Monitors, analyzes and reports on performance against the plan to all levels of management and the board and assists leadership in developing plans to deal with performance differences. Ensures financial rigor is applied in making all significant business decisions and that leadership has appropriate visibility to associated financial risks. Identifies and implements improvements in the Association's financial planning, tracking and reporting systems and processes and researches and reports on business opportunities and issues. Read more here.
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