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Textron buys Beechcraft: What's next?
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General aviation's most iconic brands are poised to become one after Cessna's parent company Textron confirmed it is buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion. While the deal gives Beech a rock solid foundation for the future 10 months after emerging from bankruptcy, there are still many more questions than answers about what the merger means for the companies involved.
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2014 outlook for aviation brightens with looming pilot, mechanic shortages
Forbes
If there's a bright side to looming pilot and aviation mechanic shortages, it's that young people with a dream to fly or fix airplanes can look to a brighter future in an exciting and challenging field. For some time now, aviation professionals have worried privately that turbulence in the aviation industry — with layoffs, furloughs, wage and benefit cuts affecting wide-swaths of the industry — was going to result in too few men and women choosing to become pilots and mechanics.
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NTSB issues 5 timely safety tips
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The National Transportation Safety Board closed out the old year with a quintet of safety alerts covering issues it believes to be the top threats in general aviation operations based on recent accident history. The advisories are short documents outlining the areas of concern and citing accidents in which the advice could have prevented injury or death.
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On thin ice: A little frost won't hurt...or will it?
By Paul Pellicano
Reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News Magazine
It's a cold and clear winter weekend morning. Your airplane needs exercise. You don't have a lot of time — plenty of chores to do back home — but you are eager to oblige before the next round of winter storms keeps you both bound to the ground. You eagerly walk across the ramp, anticipating the freedom of the sky and the higher performance you expect in the colder and "thicker" winter air.

Uh-oh. Your eye catches the glimmer of sunlight reflecting off your faithful flying machine, but you know that glint isn't coming from a clean or freshly waxed airplane. Rather, it is coming from sunlight shining on the layer of frost covering nearly every exposed surface of the airplane.

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IFA pilot quiz — Flight times
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As pilots, we focus on flight time for everything from flight planning and fuel requirements to currency of experience and engine overhauls. Have some fun and see how well you can judge the flight times of these historic events.

1. The Wright Brothers made five flights, alternating as pilots, on December 14, 1903. What was the longest?
    a. 120 feet in 12 seconds
    b. 317 feet in 29 seconds
    c. 852 feet in 59 seconds
2. The first round-trip flight between two large cities was made in 1910. Which cities and how long was flying time?
    a. New York/Philadelphia/New York; 3 hours, 34 minutes
    b. Cincinnati/Columbus/Cincinnati; 4 hours, 19 minutes
    c. Chicago/St Louis/Chicago; 6 hours, 12 minutes
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Bell takes aerospace curriculum to high school
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Bell Helicopter is going back to school, teaming with the Fort Worth Independent School District and Tarrant County College in Texas to provide advanced, "state-of-the-art" aviation and engineering training for students at Dunbar High School. The new training is designed to give students a leg up in the job market when they graduate and to provide Bell with pre-trained and qualified labor.
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Cessna bizjet receives FAA certification
Aerospace Manufacturing and Design
Cessna Aircraft Co., a Textron Inc. company, began deliveries of the newly certified Citation Sovereign+ midsize business jet. The new Citation Sovereign+ — whose name now includes a "+" to more clearly differentiate it from its predecessor — brings increased range, updated technologies, and enhanced performance to the company's established Citation Sovereign business jet.
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WWII pilot who flew through Eiffel Tower dies
WND
In the spring of 1944, William Overstreet Jr. was flying his P-51C fighter plane over the skies of Nazi-occupied Paris, hot on the tail of a German Messerschmitt Bf 109G. The World War II dogfight was going Overstreet's way, and the German's tailfeathers were on fire, when suddenly the Nazi pilot, in a last-ditch effort to shake his pursuer, ducked his plane beneath the arches of the Eiffel Tower.
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