Philip Greenspun writes that fixed-base operators often charge as much as they can get away with for general aviation pilots to access publicly funded airports. AOPA is working to bring some accountability to the system, and had some success when Signature, a big FBO chain, started to disclose fees on its website. AOPA is also encouraging airports to create and publicize public transient parking areas.
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State Farm is using drones to assess structural damage from Hurricane Michael, having received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration allowing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles over people and beyond the pilot's line of sight. Drones can speed up the claims analysis process with inspections taking minutes, rather than hours.
Pennsylvania's St. Francis University on Tuesday held a blessing ceremony for its aviation program's new Diamond DA40 NG aircraft. The program is offered in partnership with Nulton Aviation and the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport Authority, and is designed to help address the national pilot shortage, promote general aviation and encourage regional economic development.
California's Van Nuys Airport will on Jan. 17 host the "Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability" event, designed to educate general aviation pilots on sustainable alternative jet fuel. All four of the airport's fixed-based operators will offer a Jet A biofuel blend during the event.
On Oct. 11, Norma Evans enjoyed a flight in a 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane -- the second the spry 104-year-old has taken with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation. Evans is the oldest person to be taken up by the organization, which provides flights in vintage aircraft to seniors and US military veterans living in long-term care communities.
On the NBAA scene: Praetors arrive, Latitude scores
Cessna's Citation Latitude earns a major order, and Embraer unveils the Praetor 500 and 600 models as the National Business Aviation Association convenes its convention. Also this week, electric power in the spotlight, and shortages spell opportunity.
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