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EAAer Receives Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

EAA News - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 08:34
David Taisch, EAA 9001328, of Tavares, Florida, was presented with the FAA's prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on January 11 at the Florida Mooney Lunch Group meeting hosted by EAA Chapter 534 at the chapter hangar on Leesburg International Airport.
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10th U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring This Week

EAA News - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 15:00
The 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is this week, January 16-19, at the Sebring Regional Airport (SEB) in Florida. This year will feature more than 160 exhibitors displaying homebuilt and light-sport aircraft, aviation accessories, a wide variety of avionics, and more. A full slate of aviation forums is also scheduled.
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Latest SpaceShipTwo Flight Highest Yet

EAA News - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 15:00
Virgin Galactic has made another significant step toward first public space flights as SpaceShipTwo (SS2) reached 71,000 feet and Mach 1.4 in its third rocket-powered supersonic flight January 10 from Mojave Air and Space Port.
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Nation Marks Five-Year Anniversary of Miracle on the Hudson

EAA News - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:27
Five years ago, January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 was successfully ditched into the Hudson River after their Airbus A320 crossed paths with a flock of Canada geese 100 seconds after departing New York's LaGuardia Airport and lost both engines.
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Murphy Aircraft for Sale

EAA News - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 14:56
Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing Ltd. of Chilliwack, British Columbia, is on the market, according to company founder and President Darryl Murphy, who started the company in 1985.
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EAA to Participate in AOPA Regional Fly-Ins

EAA News - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 19:37
EAA will be participating in the series of AOPA regional fly-ins in 2014, providing attendees more opportunities to get involved in aviation and discover more about the many activities and programs available through EAA.
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Paul Poberezny to Be Honored at Legends Event

EAA News - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 13:37
Paul Poberezny, EAA's founder who passed away last year, will receive special recognition during next week's 11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Actor and pilot Morgan Freeman will narrate the 'Flown West' segment of the program with a special tribute to Paul, who flew west at the age of 91 on August 22, 2013.
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GAMA, Build A Plane Sponsor Second Aviation Design Challenge

EAA News - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 09:44
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane are partnering for the second consecutive year to sponsor an aviation design competition for high school students.
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Zenith Now Shipping CH 750 Cruzer Kits

EAA News - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 09:44
Zenith Aircraft has begun shipping kits for its newest model, the CH 750 Cruzer. Introduced last April at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, the Cruzer is based on the popular STOL CH 750 but built for actual runways with smaller wheels (with optional wheel fairings), and a new wing and tail design for higher cruise speed.
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Son Gets Dad Back in the Saddle

EAA News - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 07:18
Matthew Polak, 29, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, always considered earning his airframe and powerplant certificate at age 20 to be his greatest accomplishment in aviation. But he feels like he surpassed it this past December when he passed his checkride and gave his non-current pilot father, Allen, a ride for the first time.
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Doolittle Raiders Share 'Last' Public Meeting

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
Of eighty men, three of the four surviving members of Doolittle's Raiders, all now living their ninth decade, met publicly -- and, they say, for the final time -- during the week of April 15, at Eglin Air Force base, to commemorate the 71st anniversary of their April 18, 1942, one-way mission to bomb Japan. The three members present were, 97-year-old retired Col. Richard Cole; 91-year-old Staff Sergeant David Thatcher; and 93-year-old retired Lt. Col. Edward Saylor. The fourth surviving member, 93-year-old Lt. Col. Robert Hite was unable to attend. All of the men had trained for the mission at Eglin in the winter of 1942. And this year Cole was afforded a flight (and reportedly flew a good portion of it, including the landing) in a B-25 owned by Larry Kelley. The men say they toast each year to the comrades who shared their mission and have since passed. But they have decided a special toast will now come sooner than originally planned.
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Cessna Light Jet Production Stalls

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
Cessna has again cut back production of its light jets including the Mustang, CJ2, CJ3 and CJ4, potentially by up to 30 percent, citing a first quarter loss and weak sales. In June of 2010, the company briefly stalled production of the Citation Mustang largely as a result of issues in the supply chain. At the time the company also said sales had been softer than expected. This time, the company is entering the second quarter fresh off an $8 million loss suffered in the first quarter. The Wichita Eagle reported that during a conference call with analysts, Wednesday, Textron CEO Scott Donnelly speculated that small business owners were putting off purchases due to concerns over higher taxes and uncertainty about the direction of the economy. But there were additional complications in the small business jet market.
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FAA Discusses Safety Issues Surrounding Tower Closures

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
It appears the FAA is backtracking on an earlier directive that forbade at least some of its FAA Safety Team (FAAST) representatives from talking about pending tower closures. On Wednesday the FAAST Safety Team issued a general note of advice about operating at non-towered airports (the FAAST Team doesn't like the term "uncontrolled") and touched on all the points covered by myriad other sources on the topic since the closures became a real possibility. Closures of 149 towers were supposed to start April 7 but on April 5 the FAA delayed that until at least June 15 citing the spate of legal challenges to the closures. Also on April 5, a regional FAAST assistant manager on the East Coast told his safety team that any discussion of tower closures was off limits.
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USDA Extends Biofuels Project

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
The USDA is extending for five years a 2010-2012 program that joins the FAA with partners from the commercial aviation segment to develop biofuels for the aviation industry. Participants include the USDA, the FAA, Boeing and a trade group called Airlines for America. The program will focus on evaluating feedstock and supply chains with the goal of creating a viable domestically produced drop-in replacement for Jet-A derived from renewable sources. As forproduction, the USDA says thecoalition hopes to support the annual production of one billion gallons of drop-in aviation biofuel by 2018. The program is not without its critics.
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Dreamliner Battery Tests Complete

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says Boeing "has completed all required tests and analysis" of fixes for battery problems suffered by its 787 Dreamliner, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, but no decision had yet been made to clear the jet for flight. Huerta also noted that the FAA has not yet determined whether it will allow the airliner to fly over-water routes beyond three hours' flight time from a suitable landing site. Regulators grounded the jet in mid-January after two of the jets experienced battery fires. The events have levied new scrutiny on the FAA's certification process.
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Socata Introduces 2013 TBM Model

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
Daher-Socata brought the newest model of its popular TBM 850 turboprop to Sun 'n Fun last week. The 2013 Elite version features integrated electronic solid-state standby instruments by L-3 Avionics, the Trilogy ESI-2000, to replace the previous electro-mechanical instrument version. The unit has an internal battery and a 4-by-3-inch active matrix liquid crystal display. Interior enhancements include a new perforated seatback design that improves comfort on hot days, the company said. The company is also offering a special interior upgrade package, and an extended maintenance program good for five years or 1,000 hours.
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U.S. Companies Explore Asian Markets At ABACE

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
The airplane industry is eager to push into emerging markets, and that's evident this week with robust attendance at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, taking place in Shanghai Tuesday through Thursday. Organizers said they had registered a record 6,284 people to attend the event, with more than 180 exhibitors on site and 34 aircraft on static display. "The record numbers signify the excitement surrounding business aviation in the region," said NBAA in a statement. Cessna officials announced at the show on Monday they expect to be ready to start building jets and turboprops in China by the end of this year, though it may take longer for the government to approve the start of operations.
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FAA Eases Process For Some Medical Exemptions

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
The FAA has expanded the list of medical conditions that can be evaluated by an aviation medical examiner instead of requiring a special issuance and an FAA review, EAA reported last week. Under a new FAA policy, applicants with arthritis, glaucoma, hypertension, pre-diabetes and several other common conditions are eligible for the simplified process. Further diagnoses are expected to be announced in the coming months, EAA said. Dr. Greg Pinnell of the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council will explain the changes in an online webinar scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. Central Time. The webinar is free to all; you need not be an EAA member. The video will be archived on EAA's site for later viewing. Meanwhile, the leaders of both EAA and AOPA have said recently that a proposal last year to the FAA that would have eliminated the third-class medical requirement for many private pilots has stalled.
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Short Final

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
FABC:"Tower, be advised there were several large birds on approach to runway 32."YKF Tower (spotting birds through binoculars) :"Roger. XYZ, look out for multiple birds of prey on approach."FXYZ:"Klingons in sight, XYZ."Michael Schustervia e-mail
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FBO of the Week: Kimble County Airport (KJCT, Junction, TX)

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
>>> AVWEB FUEL FINDERCURRENT PRICE FOR 100LL: $6.03 (down 2¢ from last week)CURRENT PRICE FOR JET A: $5.55 (down 4¢ from last week)Fuel prices provided weekly by AirNav, based on prices from the past 2 weeks. Changes are relative to last week's prices. /TEXT_ONLY-->AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Kimble County Airport (KJCT) in Junction, Texas.AVweb reader Sid Tolchin learned the value of a friendly face on his recent stopover at JCT:During a long flight in a small experimental plane from San Diego to New Orleans, almost any out-of-the-ordinary stop is a pleasure. This one was different. Billy Davis lives on the airport and was outside in gusting winds to help me tie down. He suggested I stay because of the weather and the lateness of the day before proceeding to New Orleans. After being certain that the aircraft was safely parked, he called the motel, recommended a good place to eat, and drove me to the Best Western, where they honored his recommendation with a discount. The short trip was filled with his stories.Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
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