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AVweb's search of news in aviation found announcements from the National Air Transportation Association, Air Orlando Sales, Bell Helicopter and Women in Aviation International. The National Air Transportation Association announced the rollout of new Student and College Chapter membership programs dedicated to providing students with resources, access to experts in the field and networking opportunities that will benefit their future careers in aviation. Air Orlando Sales Inc. announced it has accepted an appointment as an Authorized Sales Representative (ASR) for Diamond Aircraft Industries. An open house is scheduled for April 4, 2016, at Orlando Executive Airport featuring DA-62 and DA-40 aircraft.

Bell Helicopter announced that two of its retired employees, Dwayne Williams and Wayne Brown, were honored by the FAA with its Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award -- one of the most prestigious pilot safety awards in the industry. The award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe flight operations for 50 or more years. Karen Gebhart, Vice President of Business Development for the Helicopter Association International, was elected for a two-year term as the chair of Women in Aviation International's board of directors at the 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference. Two new board members were voted in at the organization's annual membership meeting held March 10: Linda A. Markham, president and chief administrative officer of Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines, and Lauren McFarland, director of advertising for the Aircraft Electronics Association.