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AVweb's weekly review of the news in aviation revealed a weather research project looking for pilot volunteers, new sunglasses from Scheyden Precision Eyewear, the schedule for the first ICAO Global Aviation Cooperation Symposium and new dates for the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. Researchers at Purdue, Western Michigan, and Kent State Universities are conducting FAA-sponsored research regarding Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC). The researchers invite general aviation pilots who operate under Visual Flight Rules to participate in a research survey to look at the types of meteorological information accessed and used by GA pilots, the procedures for VFR flight, weather avoidance techniques they utilize, and the types of weather-related training they receive. Eligible participants must be at least 18 years of age and be active general aviation pilots. Scheyden Precision Eyewear announced the addition of the C-130 model to its premium sunglass line. Expanding the brand's Fixed Gear collection, which includes the popular Albatross and Mustang models, the C-130 ($309-$345) provides a larger lens and titanium construction. These combine to create what Scheyden describes as a stylish aviator aesthetic that suits a variety of face types while providing maximum optical clarity and comfort.

Focused around the theme of Building Cooperation for the Future of Civil Aviation: Innovation, Growth, and Technical Cooperation, the first International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aviation Cooperation Symposium is scheduled for Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2014, in Montreal, Canada. The symposium will provide a central platform for discussions on key issues of current concern, the exchange of important information and views on the latest trends and innovations as well as the sharing of best practices supporting a safe and efficient future for global air transport. Finally, the 11th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will open one day earlier than in years past, with the event now running from Wednesday, Jan. 14, through Saturday, July 17, 2015. Expo Director Jana Filip explained the change for the Sebring, Fla., Regional Airport event: "We've observed that attendance on Sunday traditionally has been lower than other exhibit days, and our survey results indicated our visitors from around the country like to fly home on Sunday. So, amending our dates seemed like the best way to offer a better event for both our exhibitors and our visitors ... and it's good for our volunteers, too!"