Wheels Up founder pleased with Textron's buyout of Beechcraft | Aviation advocate groups will be busy in election year | Policy changes could boost GA in China
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January 20, 2014
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Wheels Up founder pleased with Textron's buyout of Beechcraft
Kenny Dichter, the founder of Wheels Up, a private aviation company set to build its entire fleet with Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft, said he is pleased with the deal made by Textron. "Right across the street from Beechcraft in Wichita, Kansas, is Cessna, owned by Textron. ... When I saw those two companies coming together, I said, well, everything happens for a reason," Dichter recounted. China's Superior Aviation had also been interested in Beechcraft, but Dichter said they probably wouldn't have completed their deal for the King Airs if that had happened. Flying online/Fly by Wire blog (1/16)
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Aviation advocate groups will be busy in election year
Issues critical to general aviation will likely take a back seat in the election year, making advocacy groups particularly busy. Groups will be fighting spending cuts, a bill to replace third-class medical with a policy allowing pilots to fly below 14,000 feet with a valid driver's license and air traffic controller fees charged by the Federal Aviation Administration, among others. General Aviation News (1/15)
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Policy changes could boost GA in China
The Civil Aviation Administration of China had loosened some requirements for private pilot licenses in the country, as well as taken over the regulation of general aviation flight operations from the army. The new policies could boost the country's GA industry, which has already been invested in heavily. AVweb (1/14)
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Airplanista blogger excited for Sebring
Airplanista's Dan Pimentel writes that the light sport aircraft industry is set to take off, especially as the cost of fuel continues to go up. He is in Sebring, Fla., for the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. Pimentel writes that a highlight of the show will be the newly certified S-LSA RV-12 from Van's Aircraft. Airplanista blog (1/17)
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Experts say FBO industry to remain static through 2014
The fixed-base operation industry will likely remain static throughout the year, according to a survey by Aviation Business Strategies Group. Most of the businesses surveyed expect to break even, with only modest increases in flight hours and fuel sales. General Aviation News (1/16)
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Bolivia buys drug-enforcement helicopters
Six Airbus Helicopters' Super Puma helicopters will head to Bolivia for drug-enforcement duties and civil defense. Bolivia's order, to be completed by 2016, include training and maintenance inside the country. FlightGlobal.com (U.K.) (1/17)
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Crowdfunding provides over $1 million for iPhone-controlled paper airplane
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Pilot, NTSB investigator wants to make aviation safer
Kristi Dunks said she was probably inspired to become a pilot by the movie "Top Gun." While studying aviation operations in college, she learned about the National Transportation Safety Board's work and decided she had to become an investigator. She is currently working in the Office of Aviation Safety in Washington, D.C., managing the NTSB's safety improvements program. "I work with investigators on resolving safety issues identified through investigations, track safety recommendations and conduct outreach," she said. The Montana Standard (Butte) (1/20)
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