July 30, 2021
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Senate infrastructure bill advances to debate
Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Susan Collins, R-Maine (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Senate has voted to proceed to debate on a bipartisan infrastructure bill that would provide $550 billion in new spending, $110 billion of which would go toward highways, bridges and major transportation projects. The bill would also allocate $73 billion for electric power upgrades, $65 billion for broadband, $55 billion for drinking water infrastructure, $50 billion for resilience, $25 billion for airports and $17 billion for maritime ports.
Full Story: Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (7/28),  NBC News (7/28) 
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Aviation Update
GE Aviation anticipates certification of its new Catalyst engine by year's end, and the engine has been selected to power Textron Aviation's new Denali single-engine turboprop. This is GE's first clean-sheet turboprop engine in decades.
Full Story: Flying online (7/29) 
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Airport Focus
The city of Las Cruces, N.M., is looking to intrastate travel as a way to increase activity at Las Cruces International Airport, which supports GA, private charters and the area's Civil Air Patrol. The state Rural Air Service Enhancement Act could provide millions for intrastate air service with 10% matching funds from the city.
Full Story: Las Cruces Sun-News (N.M.) (7/29) 
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This piece by the World Economic Forum highlights the potential of hydrogen and electric powered flight to reduce emissions associated with flying. "By some estimates, all flights of less than 2,500 miles, representing today more than 50% of CO2 emissions of aviation, could be electrified or powered by hydrogen," write Timothy Reuter and David Hyde.
Full Story: World Economic Forum (7/29) 
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Pilot Spotlight
Pilot Mike Patey's modified CubCrafters Carbon Cub EX3 bush plane, Scrappy, has been a popular attraction for EAA AirVenture attendees this year. Modifications include tundra tires and a "fully controllable suspension."
Full Story: AOPA Online (7/29) 
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FlyQ 6.0 Arriving Soon to a Cockpit Near You
Demo the New Global Vector Map with 17 Digital Layers. Using the easiest UI, quickly and accurately locate airports, navaids, airspace, airways, and waypoints for a safer, more intuitive, and fun way to fly. Oshkosh2021, Seattle Avionics # C-3038. Free Trial: www.seattleavionics.com
Policy Watch
Wave of investment targets transportation tech
The flood of federal money for transportation expected from the Biden administration is fueling major investments into electric vehicle and infrastructure stocks, reports Global X's Jay Jacobs. Global X's two transportation-focused exchange-traded funds have attracted around $4 billion this year, and Jacobs expects to see investments continue, noting "there's a lot of investor appetite for this segment of the market."
Full Story: CNBC (7/27) 
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New Garmin SiriusXM Aviation How-To Videos are Now Available!
These short videos show how to set up and use SiriusXM Aviation features on your Garmin display. Watch all of them to confidently make the best-informed decisions from takeoff to landing. Click here to watch.
Careers & Education
This week, EAA AirVenture celebrated the contributions of women in the aviation industry with EAA WomenVenture, an annual event with partner Women in Aviation International. Pilot Cyndi Berwyn and aircraft maintenance manager Valerie Suberg of Orbis Flying Hospital were among featured speakers.
Full Story: Flying online (7/29) 
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EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., started big and got bigger. Other big news includes an unleaded aviation fuel advancing toward fleet availability, and an electric air taxi stretching its legs. Watch AOPA Live This Week.
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AOPA Member Benefits
Med-Trans Corp. in Denton, Texas, is hiring a buyer/planner to manage "spares operations for the entire fleet of aircraft." Read the full description and apply today.
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