Column: AOPA working to bust expensive FBO monopolies | Insurance company uses drones to assess Hurricane Michael damage | Pa. university christens new Diamond DA40 NG aircraft
October 19, 2018
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Column: AOPA working to bust expensive FBO monopolies
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.
Philip Greenspun's Weblog (10/18) 
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Insurance company uses drones to assess Hurricane Michael damage
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.
WPTV-TV (West Palm Beach, Fla.) (10/18),  WFSU-FM (Tallahassee, Fla.) (10/17) 
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Pa. university christens new Diamond DA40 NG aircraft
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.
The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, Pa.) (10/17) 
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Honeywell predicts growth of bizav market
Honeywell anticipates a demand for 7,700 business jets over the next decade as the industry rebounds from years of sluggish sales.
FlightGlobal (U.K.) (10/19) 
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Airport Focus
Calif. airport to offer biofuel blend at GA event
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.
AIN Online (10/17) 
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International News
Converted Boeing 737s see new job fighting fires
A converted Boeing 737 will be used to fight wildfires in Australia. The aircraft is one of six air tanker conversions commissioned by Coulson Aircrane.
Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (10/19) 
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Pilot Spotlight
At 104, woman is oldest to receive Ageless Aviation Dreams flight
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.
AOPA Online (10/18) 
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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. Watch AOPA Live This Week.
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