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FAA postpones airspace rule after backlash
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The FAA has decided to postpone the implementation of a new airspace rule in the area near Portland, Ore., after news of the change triggered a strong backlash from general aviation pilots and local officials at Pearson Field Airport. The new airspace rule — which attempts to reduce congestion surrounding Portland International Airport by limiting the number of aircraft that can pass through a certain section of nearby airspace — was slated to go into effect Oct. 1. More

Business aviation looking beyond election
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Business aviation leaders are relatively quiet when asked about the presidential election, saying both candidates face stark budget choices regardless of who gets into office. From an industry standpoint, their worries are less about who wins and more about the tough decisions that will need to be made once the election is over. And while President Barack Obama has an uneven track record with the industry during his first four years, Mitt Romney has virtually none — both leaving questions about the direction they would take entering 2013. More

Oregon Aero kicks off expansion
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Under clear blue skies and with nearly 100 project leaders, dignitaries and supporters on hand, Oregon Aero broke ground on a new, 22,000 square-foot facility that will not only expand its production capability, but also help boost economic activity throughout the region, company officials said. "This is a great opportunity to look ahead," said Mike Dennis, president and chief executive officer of Oregon Aero, "to feel optimism and to be energized about the future." More

Travel discounts available
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FlightSafety begins G650 pilot training
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FlightSafety International recently began customer pilot training for the newly certified Gulfstream G650 at its Savannah, Ga., Gulfstream Learning Center. FSI has 16 pilots enrolled in the first class, which is expected to last three-and-a-half weeks and will be supported by two full-motion simulators, four graphical flight simulators, 14 pilot instructors and one center manager. Both simulators are currently approved for FAA training; one is approved for both FAA and EASA training. More

Back in formation
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If you've ever attended the annual COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo, held every October at the municipal airport in Casa Grande, Ariz., the sight of pilot Derwin "Dee" Grimm in his green 1969 Nanchang CJ-6 training aircraft, with its red and yellow Chinese markings, is a familiar sight. On those days, Grimm is joined by as many as 17 other warbird-aircraft pilots for a multipoint fly-over. For aviation enthusiasts, it's incredible to see all those CJ-6s, T-34s, T-38s, T-6s, Yak-52s and more flying in formation — but this spectacle isn't nearly as effortless as it appears. More

Medical certification: Where do I start?
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Every potential aviator faces the same question: Where do I start? Many people think flying would be fun or perhaps they think they want to become a professional pilot, but are not sure what they need to do to make life in the clouds a reality. Regardless of the final flying objective, they all must begin somewhere. Learn more.

FAA establishes new center of excellence for general aviation
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for general aviation. The COE will focus research and testing efforts on safety, accessibility and sustainability to enhance the future of general aviation. "The U.S. has the largest and most diverse general aviation community in the world, with more than 300,000 aircraft registered to fly through American skies," said Secretary LaHood. More

3-D laser sintering technology creates possibility of significant weight savings in aircraft fabrication
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More than a 50 percent weight savings in aircraft construction is now possible using hypermodern production techniques. A process called 3-D laser sintering of the raw material permits a completely new kind of fabrication. This process can reduce aircraft component part counts and improve designs, leading to enormous savings in weight and volume. More

Pilot quiz: Airport call letters
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Airport call letters are often odd and have no relationship to the airport’s name. Let’s have some fun with them and see if the place can be identified by airport call letters alone.

1. You are hungry. Where will you stop to EAT?
  1. EAT Elmira, N.Y.
  2. EAT Wenatche, Wash.
  3. EAT Erie, Pa.
2. You want a special dinner, so you land at what airport?
  1. CKV Chicken, Ark.
  2. DPC Deer Park, Vt.
  3. LTK Turkey Run, Tenn.
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Avian radar — a solution to bird strikes?
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Avian radar systems have been installed and tested at four major civilian airports in the U.S. as well as Vancouver International Airport on Canada's West Coast and other locations. Since 2007, the FAA and U.S. Department of Defense have collaborated on assessing avian radar systems. The DoD has been particularly keen to examine the potential benefits of avian radar due to the high cost of bird-aircraft collisions. More

2 dead in small plane crash in Fredericksburg, Va.
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Police say a father and his son have died in the recent crash of a single-engine plane in Virginia's Spotsylvania County. Virginia State Police say the Cessna 150M had just taken off from Shannon Airport when it plummeted to the ground, striking a tree. The plane fell in a mobile home park but no homes were hit and no one on the ground was hurt. More

General aviation in Oklahoma helps lift communities to new heights
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Airplanes aren't the first thing people generally think about when we consider a local economy. Think again: The network of airplanes and airports in Oklahoma are crucial connectors for businesses and industries, helping support area jobs and aiding industries as they expand. A perfect example is the acquisition of GEFCO, a company based in Enid, Okla., by Astec Industries of Chattanooga, Tenn. More

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