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July 15, 2013
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New black box is developed specifically for small airports to increase safety
John Guimond, manager of the Augusta State Airport in Maine, and his business partner, Ron Cote, have developed the General Audio Recording Device. The device is a black box designed specifically for use at small airports. When installed, the system can record all radio transmissions, helping authorities to determine what happened in the event of a crash. Guimond hopes that the information provided could help prevent accidents. Kennebec Journal (Maine) (7/14)
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Bizjet market remained slow through Q2, report says
J.P. Morgan's business jet report for July showed that the market remained slow through the second quarter of 2013. The report also showed that the demand for used aircraft declined in June, as asking prices fell 3.2%. AIN Online (7/11)
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Blog: Aviation needs better tax system instead of user fees
Blogger Scott Spangler cites a Washington Post article that show how airline baggage fees have grown, but are not subject to the ticket tax. Spangler writes that including baggage fees in the aviation tax system would be a better way to fund aviation than creating a new system to collect user fees. Jetwhine.com (7/15)
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Strega to fly with unlimited racers at Reno
Strega, a highly-modified P-51, is set to compete in the unlimited and warbird class at the 50th annual Reno Air Races in Reno, Nev., in September. Other entries in the class include Rare Bear, Precious Metal, Argonaut and Dreadnought. "We are ecstatic to announce that we will have the most recognizable racing planes and pilots in the world and one of the most competitive national championships in the event's storied history," said Mike Houghton, president and CEO of the Reno Air Race Association. Flying online (7/11)
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Official: Fla. airport needs new hangars to attract firm
If the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport wants to attract a top-tier aerospace company, it will need new hangars, said Neal Wade, director of the Bay County Economic Development Alliance. The airport is contending for a contract with one company that could bring 700 jobs to the area. "We have to have hangars to accommodate 747s (or smaller) or we will not compete," said Wade. News Herald (Panama City, Fla.) (7/10)
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Ga. air show to feature Black Diamond, Lucas Oil teams
The 2013 Wings Over North Georgia air show, to be held at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome, Ga., will feature the Black Diamond Jet Demonstration team and the Lucas Oil Airshow team. Mike Wiskus, a pilot with the Lucas Oil team, will fly a biplane during the air show, which is scheduled for Oct. 12 to 13. Calhoun (Ga.) Times (7/10)
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KDOT aviation director always wanted a career in aviation
Jesse Romo, acting director of the Kansas Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation, says having a career in aviation was all he ever wanted. He got his pilot's license when he was 18 and also holds instrument and commercial ratings. After receiving a master's in business administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., Romo worked for the Burbank Airport Authority in California and later joined KDOT. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (7/14)
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Aviation use-tax exemption protected, extended in Maine
Maine has extended until 2033 an exemption from sales and use taxes for aircraft and parts that was passed two years ago, but contained an obscure provision for a "sunset" review in 2016. Passage on June 28 of the AOPA-backed measure to extend the tax exemption through 2033 -- 12 years longer than originally authorized -- will remove uncertainty from aviation-related businesses as they plan for the future, and preserve the momentum created by the 2011 tax reform, said Mark Kimberling, AOPA director of state government affairs. AOPA Online.
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