The Southwest's Premier
Aviation Event, the Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo
will take place October 25-27
Grande, Arizona at the Municipal Airport. This, the 40th annual event,
will include over 500 aircraft of all kinds, airplane rides, aviation
exhibitors, fly-bys, vendors, a food court, and the Ford "Go Further"
Tour. Adult admission: $15. Children 12 & under: no charge. No-cost
See Copperstate.org for more
Come and enjoy an aviation experience at its best!
MIGRATION TRAINING: A NEW PARADIGM
After a year of research
and training at its San Marcos, Texas Skyport simulator lab, Redbird
Flight Simulations is poised to roll out a new simulator-based pilot
training program that expands its business beyond sim sales and into the
wider market of flight training delivery. The training could, in some
iterations, be based on a fixed-cost, fixed-time model that Redbird says
it has had success with at its San Marcos location. Redbird will
continue to market its line of affordable simulators while a separate
company called Redbird Media will produce training support and outreach
materials based on simulator-centric training. The new system is called
Migration and will capitalize on what Redbird has learned from a year of
intensive research on simulator training methods at its San Marcos
U.S. Sport Aviation
January 17-20, 2013
Sunny Sebring, Florida will hold its 9th annual U.S. Sport Aviation
this January 17-20, 2013
largest sport aircraft-dedicated event in the world. Additions for 2013
range from a twilight air show opened by Patty Wagstaff demonstrating
LSA aerobatic aircraft to The Year of the Cub to star-studded
Manufacturers Showcases and a contest that will crown sport aviation's
most efficient aircraft/pilot duo. Four days in Sebring, Florida to
"See, Try, Fly and Buy" ... everything in the world of sport aviation.
Visit Sport-Aviation-Expo.com for
OUT AT EAA
In a surprise announcement Monday, EAA President
and CEO Rod Hightower said he was stepping down effective immediately.
The decision came following an EAA board of directors meeting in which
former Cessna CEO Jack Pelton was elected chairman. EAA spokesman Dick
Knapinski said Pelton will oversee the search for a new president for
the organization. "I will be working closely with the EAA board of
directors to ensure a seamless transition to a new leader," Pelton said.
He will meet with staff on Tuesday. Hightower said he was leaving due to
family concerns. When I accepted the position two years ago I
believed that we could as a family relocate to the Oshkosh area," he
said. But with five kids still in school, "It would simply be too great
a hardship on my family to move them. Pelton said he and the EAA
board members "thank Rod for his service [and] understand how difficult
it is to relocate a family of school-age children." More...
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SAFETY RECORD HAMPERS CHANGE
More than three and a half years
have passed since the last airline fatality in the U.S., The Associated
Press reported last week, and that record is making it
harder for the FAA to impose expensive new safety rules on the industry.
Overall, the last 10 years have been the safest time ever for the
airlines. "The extraordinary safety record that has been achieved in the
United States ironically could be the single biggest reason the FAA
isn't able to act proactively and ensure safety into the future," Bill
Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation, told the AP. The FAA
started to work on new rules for training airline pilots in 1999, the AP
says. The process was revisited after the Colgan crash in 2009, and the
new rules are not expected to take effect until 2019. More...
The Biggest Aviation
Show on the Planet ... Is Back!
The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators
is back for
an all-new third season showcasing everything from the F-22 and DC-3 to
LSA and balloons. We take you dogfighting in the Nevada desert, flying
with the USAF Thunderbirds, and look on as Mötley Crue frontman
Vince Neil learns to fly. Join our 10 million weekly US viewers and
countless more worldwide.
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LOST: MITCHELL, UELTSCHI, AND McGOVERN
generation lost several luminaries recently -- Albert Lee Ueltschi, the
founder of FlightSafety International; Monte Mitchell, a former
president of the Aircraft Electronics Association; and George McGovern,
best known for his political career, who flew a B-24 bomber during World
War II. Ueltschi, who died on Oct. 18 at age 95, learned to fly at age
16. He flew the line for Pan Am, then started FlightSafety in 1951. He
sold it for $1.5 billion in 1968, earning a spot on Forbes' list of the
400 richest Americans. Mitchell died Oct. 16 at age 83. His work "was
crucial to establishing the General Aviation Revitalization Act and
having the milestone legislation signed into law," said Pete Bunce,
president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
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CHARTER EARNS SAFETY CERTIFICATION
A Hawaiian helicopter tour
and fixed-wing charter and scheduled air service company has become the
first in the U.S. to earn International Standard for Business Aircraft
Operations (IS-BAO) accreditation. Schumann Aviation, which operates
Makani Kai Helicopters and Makani Kai Air, earned the certification in
October after a thorough audit by the standards organization. "The
IS-BAO accreditation for Makani Kai is unique as it is the only company
in the country, out of 478 operators so certified, with multiple types
of flight operations, spanning air tour to airline, to achieve such a
high safety rating," said Richard Schuman, president. "Although
preparing for the safety audit was a lengthy and arduous process, this
accreditation demonstrates that we value safety above all."
Operational Safety Management
Denver, Colorado, November 13-14
This real-world, two-day operational safety management seminar focuses
on the four pillars of SMS: Safety Policy, Risk Management, Safety
Assurance and Safety Promotion. 18,000-hour pilot J.R. Russell and guest
speaker David Soucie (former FAA official and author) show you SMS
applications and case studies from the inside out.
"Operationally relevant," says corporate pilot-safety
officer Gary Tucker.
Stay at Denver's great Inverness Conference
Center, where rooms and meals are included networking, too.
Click here for details.
DIFFERENT WORLD AHEAD
FAA budget cutbacks are almost certain
to directly impact the industry next, according to General Aviation
Manufacturers Association president Pete Bunce. "The world will be
different starting next year," Bunce told participants Tuesday at Red
Bird Simulations second annual flight training industry conference in
San Marcos, Texas. "There will be cuts made," he added, explaining that
these might result in a more difficult regulatory environment for the
short term. On the other hand, Bunce said a proposed revision of FAR
Part 23 which is now underway shows promise of reducing the hoops
aircraft manufacturers and modifiers have to jump through to gain
certification approvals for new aircraft and mods. More...
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NEW FLEXJET PRESIDENT
Deanna White has been named president of
Flexjet. She was formerly the company's VP of finance and
administration. She replaces Fred Reid, who is retiring. More...
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