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Just two months into his new job, AOPA President Mark Baker addressed an overflow crowd at AOPA Summit on Thursday morning, to lay out his vision for the future of the organization -- and also revealed a hint at the "real reason" that this Summit will be the last. In response to a question from the audience, Baker said switching from the annual meeting to a half-dozen regional fly-ins will create opportunities for AOPA to recruit new members. "There are still thousands of pilots who are not members of AOPA," he said. "These fly-ins will take our message out to where people fly." Baker also said changes to the third-class medical, which have wide support among aviators -- the EAA/AOPA proposal attracted more than 16,000 "overwhelmingly positive" comments -- so far are "not a priority" for the FAA, but he will continue to lobby for the changes. "I just won't let this die," he said. But the key to GA's future, in Baker's estimation, is making our local airports into friendlier, more welcoming places. Read More
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Just as it was announcing features of the 2014 models of the SR20 and SR22, Cirrus also reported this week that development and testing work on the SF50 single-engine jet is moving rapidly forward with the construction of three test aircraft that begin advance flight testing next year. In today's AVweb video coverage, CEO Pat Waddick gives us a status report on the project. Read More
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At AOPA Summit, Cirrus CEO Pat Waddick gave AVweb a progress report on the company's SF50 single-engine personal jet. The aircraft is on fast track development for delivery in 2015. Read More
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Pilots now can access new enhanced pre-flight briefings online from Lockheed Martin Flight Services, and also can utilize a new easy open/close feature for their flight plans, the company announced on Thursday. Staffers at AOPA Summit introduced pilots to the new tools at their busy kiosk in the exhibit hall in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. "Next Generation Briefing uses graphics, automatic summarization, intelligent briefing text translation, and several other tools to provide pilots with their briefing information in the most useful format possible," said Jim Derr, director of Lockheed Martin Flight Services. The new products aim to make it quicker, easier, and more intuitive for pilots to access the flight-planning information they need. Read More
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The iPad wasn't built for the rigors of the cockpit. It can't take the heat or be seen in sunlight, and it can be difficult to mount. See the new MGF Sight Line Display that solves all these problems. For additional information and to sign up for updates, click here.

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Lockheed Martin Flight Service rolled out some new features this week to make online flight planning easier and more intuitive for pilots. At AOPA Summit in Fort Worth, system architect Mike Glasgow explained the Next Generation services to AVweb's Mary Grady. Read More
Visit Starr Aviation's Booth 1518 and Enter to Win an iPad
Join Starr Aviation at Summit for a chance to win an iPad and to find your aviation insurance solution. Starr Aviation understands how to insure airplanes by offering comprehensive coverage for your aviation risk. We cover owners, renters, flight instructors, clubs, and refurbished and antique aircraft, in addition to Ag and Rotor. Discover all Starr has to offer at booth 1518, and the iPad could be yours to use in the sky! Click here to visit
At every show, we see ever more functionality and high-level features in tablet apps. At AOPA Summit this year in Fort Worth, we’ve uncovered some useful new features in three apps we examined: ForeFlight, WingX Pro and Jeppesen’s FliteDeck app. In today’s video tour of these products, you can get a look how the new features work from Tyson Weihs of ForFlight, Hilton Goldstein of WingX Pro and Weston Greene from Jeppesen. Read More
Sennheiser Welcomes S1 NoiseGard to the S1 
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The launch of our new S1 NoiseGard with state-of-the art analog noise cancelation technology marks the completion of the S1 Family. Try out the S1 NoiseGard or our groundbreaking S1 Digital with digital adaptive noise reduction, adjustable headband tension, and Bluetooth technology and give yourself a chance to win a new iPad Mini™. Learn more.
Brainteasers Quiz #188: Grand Allusions

A well-regulated FAA, being necessary to the security of your pilot certificate, the right of the aviators to keep and fly aircraft, shall not be infringed. Knowledge is power, so preserve your rights by acing this quiz.

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AVweb's Refurbished Airplane of the Month: Show Off Your Work
New airplanes sales may be a little soft, but we're seeing plenty of refurb work -- everything from new panels to fresh paint to full-up interiors. We would like to feature some of these airplanes in the pages of AVweb and spotlight the owners and shops doing the work. If you have photos of your restored aircraft -- single, twin or turbine -- send them to us at If we select your airplane as refurb of the month, we'll contact you for more information. Read More
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XM WX Satellite Weather gives you onboard perspective on the weather. Graphical data like Radar, Lightning, Winds, and more enhance your situational awareness and are compatible with the industry's leading MFDs, EFBs, glass cockpits, and now the iPad. Additionally, flexible subscription options ensure you get the dataset that's right for you. Come see the latest from XM WX Satellite Weather at booth 922 during AOPA Summit or visit us online at
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