Good Cheer: Another successful operation | GAMA: Q3 bizjet deliveries remained mostly flat | "Flawless" first flight for new Embraer business jet
December 3, 2012
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Good Cheer: Another successful operation
More than 100 pilots volunteered to fly 13,521 presents donated to Operation Good Cheer for foster children in Michigan. Flights crisscrossed the state making deliveries to 18 airports where volunteers ferried the packages to their final destination. The volunteer project was started in 1971 by an employee of Ford Motor Co. Detroit Free Press (12/2)
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GAMA: Q3 bizjet deliveries remained mostly flat
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released statistics showing that third quarter business aircraft deliveries made very little recovery. "What we heard from our customers recently at AOPA's summit and NBAA's convention indicates that purchase decisions continue to be delayed due to fiscal uncertainty in our North American and European markets," said Pete Bunce, GAMA's president and CEO. AIN Online (12/2)
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"Flawless" first flight for new Embraer business jet
Embraer called the first flight of its Legacy 500 "flawless." The new business jet is expected to be certified and ready for delivery by 2014. Flying online (11/29)
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Landing on a one-way snowstrip
Bush pilot Matt Keller writes about landing on a snow-covered one-way airstrip in south-central Alaska. "I learned on my first landing that the brakes were my enemy and not my friend," writes Keller. (11/29)
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Bizav's fumbled recovery
Three years into the so-called recovery, business aviation continues to run up against negativity in Washington, contributing to the loss of many jobs in Kansas, Dave Franson writes in this blog post. The ongoing threat of user fees, the portrayal of business aircraft owners as tightfisted and aircraft production migrating offshore will continue to hamper the industry's recovery, he writes. Forbes/BusinessAviation blog (11/29)
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Dan Montgomery, manager at Indianapolis Executive Airport, operates Montgomery Aviation with his wife Andi. The couple took over the FBO in 2000, moving their family right onto the field so that they could provide service whenever it was needed. They built the first corporate hangar in 2003 and today the airport is home to some 100 aircraft. AIN Online (12/2)
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U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. Sebring, FL hosts the 9th annual Expo January 17-20, 2013 — the largest sport aircraft-event in the world. New for 2013: twilight air show, Year of the Cub, Manufacturers Showcases, and contest that will crown sport aviation's most efficient aircraft/pilot duo. Four days in Sebring, Florida to "See, Try, Fly and Buy" sport aircraft. Learn more here.
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A new place to land your helicopter in Va.
After a new law was passed by the General Assembly of Virginia prohibiting banning landings by non-commercial helicopters, the Williamsburg City Council plans to hold a public hearing on Dec. 13 about where helicopters will be allowed to land. Private helicopter landings were previously unheard of in Williamsburg, but a new ordinance will allow single helicopter landings in specified areas. The Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg) (11/30)
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Momentum is increasing for performance-based navigation
At the International Civil Aviation Organization's PBN Symposium in Montreal this past fall, 110 nations committed to implementing a national performance-based navigation plan. The move will require most operators to invest in new avionics equipment by 2016. PBN offers benefits to pilots as well as to others including controllers, airports and their non-flying neighbors. AIN Online (12/2)
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Pilot says turning 100 is "a different kind of high"
Pilot Guy Reynolds of Martinsburg, W.Va., celebrated his 100th birthday piloting his plane. "Don't give up if you want to do something do it because there may come a time in life when you can't so go ahead and do it don't put it off," Reynolds said. WHAG-TV (Hagerstown, Md.) (11/30)
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AOPA members receive real estate discount
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AOPA job of the day: Eastern regional manager
AOPA seeks an experienced Regional Manager for its Eastern Region. The manager participates in the development, initiation, and execution of strategies that result in: successful advocacy on state legislative or regulatory issues that affect general aviation; development of AOPA's membership base, development of grass-roots support for AOPA goals and issues; and the successful protection of general aviation airports. Read more here.
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