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Our staff’s weekly review of what’s happening in the aviation world turned up news of a chance at a free Cessna CJ type rating, word that Greg Koontz is the recipient of this year’s Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, a SkyTrac Systems announcement of its new “Overdue Notifications,” and news that Transportation YOU introduced 21 young women and their mentors to leaders in the transportation industry. ProFlight, in conjunction with the Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA), is offering a CJ Type Rating Training Award to the winning applicant. A ProFlight spokesperson said, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of the winning individual's career path in aviation.” Prerequisites for qualifying: Must reside in Southern California-San Diego to Santa Barbara, meet the requirements for the ATP rating, and complete the online application. World Airshow News has announced that Greg Koontz is the 2014 recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. Greg Koontz is known throughout North America and parts of Latin America as a foremost authority on American Champion Super Decathlon aircraft. His aerobatic routines in both the Super Decathlon and the new Xtreme Decathlon have been featured at airshows from coast to coast and internationally, and culminate with an inverted ribbon cut in a stock aerobatic training airplane.

SkyTrac Systems announced its “Overdue Notifications,” a machine-to-machine communication system that automatically alerts assigned individuals when an aircraft has missed a predefined number of GPS position reports. SkyTrac has been in the aircraft tracking business for over 25 years and has solutions that are used on a daily basis for tracking aircraft. “Overdue Notifications” reduces the cost and human error associated with traditional flight following techniques; it relies on connectivity link status to alert flight following personnel to a possibly serious situation. Overdue Notifications are enabled through SkyTrac's web-based flight tracking and system management interface (SkyWeb). Finally, two weeks ago, senior officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and high-profile leaders from transportation's private sector took the time to meet with 21 high-school girls who have shown an interest in learning more about career opportunities in the industry. Transportation YOU, a program of WTS International--the association for the advancement of women in transportation--capped off its yearlong programs occurring around the U.S. at its flagship DC Youth Summit, created for 21 standout young women and their mentors, women who themselves are rising leaders in the industry.