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Volume 10, Number 40
October 24, 2012
Copperstate Fly-In || October 25-27, 2012
The Southwest's Premier Aviation Event, the Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo will take place October 25-27 in Casa 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 parking. See for more information.

Come and enjoy an aviation experience at its best!
AVflash! Inside Redbird's Training Centerback to top 

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 facility. More...

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL || 
January 17-20, 2013
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
January 17-20, 2013

Sunny Sebring, Florida will hold its 9th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo this January 17-20, 2013 — the 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 for details.
EAA's Surprise Change in Leadershipback to top 

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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The Politics of Safety Numbersback to top 

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 Aviators' Season 3 || The Biggest 
Aviation Show on the Planet - Now on PBS, iTunes, and Hulu
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.

Watch The Aviators on PBS, iTunes, Amazon, and Hulu.
Aviators Rememberedback to top 

Aviation's elder 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. More...

VoiceFlight || Helicopter Speech 
Helicopter Speech Recogition
hands-free vectoring to any latitude/longitude
hands-free entry of Nav/Comm frequencies

The HELO101 uses VoiceFlight's field-proven speech recogntion technology to address the inherent conflicts between safe rotocraft flight operations and the distractions of data entry on modern avionics. See a demonstration on our web site,
Aviation Safetyback to top 

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." More...

ProActive Safety Systems
Operational Safety Management Seminar
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.
"There Will Be Cuts Made"back to top 

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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Who's Whereback to top 

David Morris
David Morris is the new division nanager for flight operations for the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics. He's been with the department since 2008 and was formerly a Nebraska state trooper.

Eclipse 550
Eclipse Carefree Ownership Unveiled
For a limited time, EAI is offering 550 jet positions with our new Carefree Ownership Program at no additional cost. This program includes fuel at no extra cost for the first year you own your Eclipse Jet, and all scheduled maintenance, inspections, and consumables (including brakes, batteries, oil, and tires) for the first two years of ownership, as well as a training allowance to cover everything from jet basics to your Eclipse Jet type rating. Click here to see the complete details of this offer!

Deanna White
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.

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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