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AVweb‘s search of news in aviation found announcements from theLiving Legends of Aviation awards, the Upwind Foundation, Pilatus Aircraft and Sporty’s.Bob Hoover, Arnold Palmer and David Thatcher will be among those remembered at the 14th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards, which will take place Jan. 20 in Beverly Hills. Awards recipients will include the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award, to be presented to Kenn Ricci, principal of Directional Capital. The Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award was chosen by Bob Hoover himself, before his final flight west, as he wanted his good friend Clay Lacy to be honored. The Upwind Foundation, now in its fifth year of operation, has released the 2017 scholarship applications and program dates. Upwind selects high school students and awards them a scholarship for an intensive, nine-week flight and ground training program provided by expert instructors. Applications are now being accepted and the deadline to apply is Feb. 17, 2017.

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. announced the signing of three PC-21 fleet orders by end of December 2016, for a total of 21 PC-21s, of which 17 are for the French air force and two each for the Royal Jordanian air force and QinetiQ, a British company that operates the “Empire Test Pilots’ School.” Together, these orders are worth over 300 million Swiss francs and will help to ensure jobs at Stans. Much more than just the “latest version,” Sporty’s 2017 Learn to Fly Course is packed with more than five hours of all-new HD video and animations to show realistic inflight maneuvers, plus added benefits offered for the first time. Enhanced segments cover essential topics like engine operating techniques, weather theory, thunderstorm development, max performance takeoff and landings and the latest regulations.