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Our weekly survey of aviation news found the newest formal recognition of top aviation professionals, an aircraft now being offered for sale on Amazon.com, a survey reporting that hiring in aviation is expected to be up this year and FltPlan now offering Velocity Weather by Baron. Every year for the past 50 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration have recognized aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety. Recipients of the 2014 National General Aviation Awards are Howard William Wolvington of Issaquah, Wash., Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year; Max Lloyd Burnette of Rockvale, Tenn., Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year; David Brian Kocak of Guilford, Conn., Avionics Technician of the Year; and Richard Loren Stowell, Jr. of McCall, Idaho, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year. They will receive plaques at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. SCOUT Paramotors, the world's first carbon fiber built backpack aircraft, has teamed up with the largest online retailer to become the first ever powered aircraft to be sold on Amazon.com The ultralight aircraft is claimed to be one of the most technologically advanced backpack-powered aircraft on sale in the consumer flying market.

JSfirm.com, an online aviation only job board, released its 5th Annual Hiring Trends Survey. Based on a survey of 400 aviation companies across various sectors, it found 91% will hire in 2014 (up from 85% in 2013); skilled maintenance technicians will be in highest demand; April, May, and June will likely see the most hiring; 78% are projecting growth in 2014 (up from 67% in 2013); and 69% experienced an attrition rate of 10% or less. JSfirm further reported that the number-one employee-retention tool is "recognition and appreciation." FltPlan, the largest flight planning service in North America, now offers Velocity Weather by Baron. The enhanced features include United States and Canadian radar, visible and infrared satellite, surface analysis and echo tops. FltPlan's new weather data can be accessed on all devices including desktops, laptops, tablets and phones as well as the FltPlan Go apps.