April 22, 2021
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Small drones operating in the US can legally fly over people at night under Federal Aviation Administration rules that took effect Wednesday. US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says the rules "are an important first step in safely and securely managing the growing use of drones in our airspace, though more work remains on the journey to full integration."
Full Story: Reuters (4/21) 
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Aviation Update
A new audio control system from PS Engineering for general aviation aircraft features the company's MultiTalker technology, a navaid identifier filter, wired music input and central hub for wiring audio. The PAC45L audio panel is Part 23/25-compliant and can place three receivers into nine separate locations in pilots' headsets.
Full Story: AOPA Online (4/13) 
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Airport Focus
Henry County Airport in Paris, Tenn., has been closed for more than two weeks due to a sinkhole measuring 4 to 5 feet wide that was found beneath the runway by a maintenance worker. The state Department of Transportation's Aviation Division will provide a grant to repair the damage, which will take approximately a month to complete.
Full Story: The Paris Post-Intelligencer (Tenn.) (4/21) 
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International News
The Pentagon and UK are negotiating a $2 billion deal for 14 Boeing Chinook helicopters, with the details of the sale being finalized currently.
Full Story: Jane's Information Group (4/21) 
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Pilot Spotlight
Richard Jacobs of Dartmouth, Mass., has flown more than 800 patients to get medical treatment since he started working as a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight Northeast in the mid-1990s. Jacobs joined the organization to gain a sense of purpose after retirement and says, "I'm flying and helping somebody, what could be better than that?"
Full Story: The Standard-Times (New Bedford, Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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Careers & Education
The Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing has awarded a $9 million contract for construction of an F-35 flight simulator facility, the first step toward basing the fighter jets at Truax Field in Madison. "Being able to fly in a virtual environment is a huge step towards the success of the F-35," said Col. Bart Van Roo, commander of the 115th Fighter Wing.
Full Story: Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times (Madison) (4/17) 
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Jessica Fisher is the brains and brawn behind the innovative company Flyjets, which aims to improve affordability through "empty leg discounts" while also helping the environment through the FlyGreen initiative.
Full Story: AOPA Online (4/15) 
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AOPA Member Benefits
The Cirrus SR22 topped the list of five aircraft in the high-end piston category financed by AOPA members in 2020, according to AOPA Aviation Finance Co. President Adam Meredith. Read more.
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Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.
Karle Wilson Baker,
poet, writer
April 22 is Earth Day
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Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly by creating an environment that gives people of all ages an opportunity to enjoy aviation and all it has to offer. AOPA is the world’s largest community of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts with representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States. The association provides member services including advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels, legal services, flight training and safety programs, and award-winning media. AOPA specializes in making aviation more accessible to everyone. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.
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