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EAA to Pay FAA for AirVenture services

No Good Options in FAA ATC Demands AirVenture's importance to GA overriding factor June 13, 2013 - (http://www.eaa.org/news/2013/2013-06-13_no-good-options-in-FAA-ATC-demands.asp) Facing a spectrum of unpalatable options, EAA today finalized a one-time agreement with the FAA to cover nearly $450,000 in expenses related to air traffic control services at the 2013 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, which begins on July 29. "Let me be clear: We have consistently regarded the FAA's move as holding AirVenture and GA hostage this year," said EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. "There was considerable, detailed thought given over the past…
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iFlightPlanner Adds Graphical SUA & Class Airspace, Full-Screen Maps, Online Forums

June 12, 2013, Ann Arbor, MI – iFlightPlanner officially announced today that all iFlightPlanner.com maps, namely the VFR and IFR charts available at iFlightPlanner.com/AviationCharts and those found in the Flight Wizard™, now feature vertical airspace profiles and a completely redesigned mapping interface with full-screen viewing capability. Special Use Airspace (NSA, MOA, Alert, Warning, Prohibited & Restricted Areas) as well as Class B, C, D and E airspace information is accessible by an intuitive point-and-click method that provides access to a direct data feed from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through…
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Cessna Turbo Skylane JT-A™ Takes First Production Flight

WICHITA, Kan., May 22, 2013 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces the first production flight of its Turbo Skylane 182 JT-A took place yesterday at the company’s facility in Independence, Kan. The aircraft has the distinction of being the first modern single engine aircraft powered by a piston engine specifically designed to run on Jet-A fuel. “The Turbo Skylane JT-A performed just as expected,” said Cessna senior test pilot Dale Bleakney. “The weather conditions were fantastic, and we took the turbo 182 up for what…
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DUSTY, STAR OF ‘DISNEY’S PLANES,’ TO APPEAR AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2013

Dusty Crophopper will be on display and fly throughout week at Oshkosh EAA AVIATION CENTER, Oshkosh, Wis. – (May 21, 2013) – The summer release of “Disney’s Planes,” the animated comedy adventure from above the world of the popular 2006 film “Cars,” has the entire aviation community buzzing. “Disney’s Planes” captures all of the thrill and excitement that flying has to offer—plus a lot of heart and humor. For thousands of air-show attendees, the movie will jump to life with Dusty’s flying performance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 29-August…
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Cessna Confident to Capitalize on European Economic Upswing

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 20, 2013 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, said today that despite eurozone economic challenges, the company remains confident of the region’s prospects for business aviation and is investing in readiness for a return to growth. Speaking today at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, Kriya Shortt, senior vice president of Sales, said: “While the eurozone as a whole remains in recession, there are bright spots that give grounds for optimism. Many economists expect Germany, a major business…
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Citation Latitude, Longitude Progressing

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 20, 2013 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is making progress on two key lineup additions for their family of Citation business jets. The Citation Latitude and Citation Longitude programs are both meeting performance and technical objectives, with both programs bringing new performance and innovation to two different categories of business aviation. “The enthusiasm continues to build for the Citation Latitude,” said Terry Shriner, business leader for the Latitude and Longitude. “We recently completed cyclic testing of the electrically-operated main cabin door, having…
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Cessna Promotes Shortt to Global Sales Leadership Position

WICHITA, Kan., May 16, 2013- Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced Kriya Shortt has been named senior vice president of Sales. Shortt will lead Cessna’s global sales force. Shortt started at Cessna in 1996 and has worked in many customer facing roles throughout her career. She has held positions of increasing responsibility in customer service, account management in sales and marketing, contract management and delivery. Shortt served as sales manager for Citation sales in Arizona and California, and was called on from that position to…
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BIRD? PLANE? IT’S JETMAN AT EAA AIRVENTURE 2013! First public U.S. flights will be in Oshkosh

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (May 2, 2013) — Yves “Jetman” Rossy, the world’s first jet-powered man, will make his first public U.S. flights this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, showcasing the cutting edge of human flight at The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration on July 29-August 4. The U.S. flights are supported by Jetman’s sponsor, the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling. Complete details on the AirVenture flight schedule will be announced as it is finalized. Along with the appearance at Oshkosh, Jetman will fly in the U.S. at the…
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The New Airman Certification Standard: What will become of the PTS?

Newcastle, WA -- Over the past several months, ASA has been participating on the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group, which resulted from the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) conducted in 2011. One of the primary tasks of the ARAC was to provide an integrated Airman Certification Standard (ACS) which will replace the Practical Test Standards (PTS). The ACS aligns the aeronautical knowledge standards set out in 14 CFR Part 61 with the flight proficiency standards ("Areas of Operation") from the PTS. In addition to…
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Cessna Brings New Single Engine Products to Aero Friedrichshafen

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany, April 24, 2013 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, brought their newest single-engine products to showcase to the European market at this week's AERO Friedrichshafen general aviation trade show. The TTx and the Grand Caravan EX are on display in the show's exhibit hall for the duration of the 21st annual trade show. The TTx is billed as the world's fastest certified single engine fixed-gear aircraft. The composite-material TTx is capable of speeds up to 235 kts (435 kph) and has been noted for…
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Next Series of ASTM D7547 UL 91 Unleaded Avgas

Lycoming Continues Call for ‘UL 100’ as a Fleetwide Solution Williamsport, PA – Lycoming Engines, a division of Avco Corporation, released Service Instruction SI-1070R in April of 2012, which approved a wide variety of engines for use with ASTM D7547 UL 91 unleaded avgas. European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) 2011-01 provided aircraft-level approval on the basis of engine approval. Today Lycoming is pleased to announce that Service Instruction SI-1070S has been approved for release, adding 31 engines to the list of model approved for use on…
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BuildAPlane Announces Teachers’ Day 2013 at AirVenture

BuildAPlane, a non-profit aviation education organization in cooperation with GAMA and EAA, will sponsor Teachers’ Day at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture again this year in Oshkosh, WI. The event is scheduled for July 30th, 2013, and will expose teachers to a variety of programs and curricula that allow educators to put aviation in classrooms, from middle school through high school grades. “We are amazed how many great opportunities are out there to use aviation to engage and motivate kids to learn,” says Lyn Freeman, Build A Plane’s president. “Today’s…
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The EAA AirVenture Cup Race Continues Into Its 16th Year

Milwaukee, WI - The EAA AirVenture Cup Race (www.airventurecuprace.com) proudly announces that it will continue racing in 2013 with the full support and involvement of EAA. Race volunteers and EAA Chairman Jack Pelton met earlier this year to coordinate details of the race and establish guidelines for the EAA event. Race officials are still determining the course for this year's event, but plan to hold the race on Sunday, July 28, in advance of EAA AirVenture as they have done for the past 16 years. "Since the late 1990s, this…
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California Aviation Awareness Day

California Aviation Awareness Day at the Capitol in Sacramento, April 24, 2013 The California Aviation Awareness Day at the Capitol is presented to inform legislators, staff, and the public about the importance of aviation to the welfare of the California economy and to raise the level of awareness of the benefits of aviation to all Californians. Our Main Message Aviation is vital to the California economy. Airports and aviation create jobs. State support of California’s airports is completely funded by user fees. The historical level of state support is insufficient…
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Cessna Activities at AERO Friedrichshafen

Wichita, KS - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, will feature several of its popular aircraft at this year's AERO Friedrichshafen conference. Aircraft on display in the exhibit hall will include the Grand Caravan EX and the TTX. At the static display, Cessna will have the Citation Mustang, Citation XLS, and the Citation CJ4. Cessna media activities during the show will include: Press Conference Cessna will hold its press conference on Thursday April 25 at 10:00 a.m. local time, in Conference Center West, Room Liechtenstein. Company Executive…
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Great Alaska Aviation Gathering celebrates its 16th year and a century of flight in Alaska

Great Alaska Aviation Gathering celebrates its 16th year and a century of flight in Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska – The Alaska Airmen’s Association’s Great Alaska Aviation Gathering will take place Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. Alaska’s premier event for flying enthusiasts and families as well as the state’s largest aviation tradeshow, the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering is held at the FedEx Maintenance Hangar at Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport and offers free admission to the public. Nearly 300 exhibitors will showcase state-of-the-art aviation technology, products, safety, innovations and more. The show will feature more than 70 indoor and outdoor static displays of a wide…
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New DeLorme inReach SE personal satellite communication solution

New DeLorme inReach SE personal satellite communication solution

inReach SE is the most affordable satellite communicator that sends and receives text messages and can be used by pilots to stay connected in the cockpit when flying in areas beyond cell phone range. inReach SE pairs wirelessly with popular smartphones and tablets to make text messaging even easier and more convenient. inReach SE Features: send and receive text messages to any cell number or email address message delivery confirmation for personal and SOS communications GPS flight tracking Global interactive SOS capabilities 100% global coverage via the Iridium satellite network…
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Sennheiser to Support EAA Eagle Flights Program as Part of "Live Your Dream"

EAA Eagle Flights Strives to Help Adults Overcome Obstacles to Flight Training; Sennheiser to Co-Sponsor Program and Provide Outreach Assistance Lakeland, Fla., April 11, 2013 — Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will be supporting EAA's Eagle Flights Program, a program designed to help adults overcome obstacles to pilot training. The new program, which builds on the success of EAA's Young Eagles program, presents a long-term opportunity for new pilots become part of the EAA aviation community. As a leading sponsor of EAA's program, Sennheiser will be providing financial resources…
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AvMap A2 ADAHRS Module turns EKP V display into an EFIS! Product Launch at Sun N Fun International Fly-In Expo 2013

AvMap A2 ADAHRS Module turns EKP V display into an EFIS! Product Launch at Sun N Fun International Fly-In Expo 2013

Carrara, Italy - March 26th, 2013: AvMap, the Italian manufacturer of GPS since 1994, presents the A2 ADAHRS module (Air data, Attitude and HeadingReference System) that turns the EKP V's 7" display into an EFIS. The A2 ADAHRS module extends the functionalities of the EKP V Aeronautical Navigator bringing attitude and airspeed to the moving map and converting it into a centralized Glass Cockpit System for both navigation and primary flight display for experimental, ultra-light, sport aviation and general aviation market. AvMap EFIS is composed by: * AvMap EKP V…
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Continental Motors Extends TBOs up to 400 Hours

April 9, 2013 – (Mobile, AL) – Continental Motors, Inc. announces TBO increases up to 400 hours on Gold Standard Factory produced engines. The majority of engine models manufactured after February 2012 will see TBOs increase by 200 hours with frequent flyers receiving up to 400 hours. In 2012, Continental Motors introduced its Gold Standard Factory Rebuilt and New Engines. These engines incorporate improvements in technology and manufacturing processes that have allowed us to increase the TBO. The increased TBO is affective on nearly all Continental Motors Factory produced engines…
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AOPA WARNS USER FEE PROPOSAL COULD CRIPPLE GENERAL AVIATION

AOPA WARNS USER FEE PROPOSAL COULD CRIPPLE GENERAL AVIATION

FREDERICK, MD - The White House on Wednesday released a budget proposal that includes a $100 per-flight user fee -a charge the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) warns could be disastrous for general aviation. "We are disappointed to see this misguided idea resurfacing after it has been repeatedly and overwhelmingly rejected in the past. This is the wrong way to fund our aviation system," said AOPA President Craig Fuller. "Congress has said it will not tolerate user fees, and neither will the general aviation community." Two previous budgets from…
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Member Discount from Cee Bailey's

Do you need a new windshield or window for your Cessna?Well look no more, our friends at Cee Bailey’s are offering ALL Cessna Flyer members a limited time offer.At checkout, enter code CESSNA13 to receive a 5% discount on your order.To order, call (800) 788 0618 or visit www.ceebaileys.comMention that you’re a Cessna Flyer member to receive discount.Thanks for supporting Cessna Flyer, your number one source for information and support!
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SUPERIOR AIR PARTS ANNOUNCES THAT KEITH CHATTEN HAS JOINED THE COMPANY AS VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING

SUPERIOR AIR PARTS ANNOUNCES THAT KEITH CHATTEN HAS JOINED THE COMPANY AS VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING

 Coppell, TX, April 01, 2013 — Representatives of Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced today that Keith Chatten has joined the company as its Vice President of Engineering. “We couldn’t be happier to have someone with Keith’s background in the development and production of general aviation piston engines to lead our engineering team in Texas,” Superior Air Parts’ CEO and President, Timothy T. Archer said. “His depth of knowledge and experience in engineering, implementing and certifying product improvements and new technologies will help us quickly realize a number of product development…
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AirVenture Air Operations Not Adversely Impacted by Oshkosh Tower Closure

Planning for 2013 fly-in continues with FAA Planning for EAA AirVenture 2013 air operations is continuing as normal despite Friday's announcement that the Wittman Regional Airport contract tower's year-round operations will end April 7 because of federal budget sequestration mandates. The Wittman tower was among 149 contract towers that the Federal Aviation Administration selected for closure as part of the sequestration closure plan. Twenty-four towers that were on the original closure list were removed and will remain open. "While we're disappointed to learn of the Wittman tower closure, it's important…
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Headed to SUN 'n FUN? Download the Sporty’s Free SUN 'n FUN App

Headed to SUN 'n FUN? Download the Sporty’s Free SUN 'n FUN App

LAKELAND, FL - March 28, 2013 The new Sporty's Airshow app will enhance your experience! Sporty’s, in partnership with SUN ‘n FUN, is releasing a free mobile app for the 39th Annual SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo that is now available for both Apple and Android devices. The 2013 SUN ‘n FUN app may be downloaded free at Sportys.com/apps, through the iTunes App store or Google Play. You will have all the information you need at your fingertips, ranging from maps to exhibitors and displays, forums, events, tram…
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Tanis Aircraft Products will Exhibit at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering May 4 -5, 2013 Anchorage, AK

Tanis Aircraft Products will Exhibit at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering May 4 -5, 2013 Anchorage, AK

Eden Prairie, MN - March 27, 2013 Tanis Aircraft Products announced today that they will be an exhibitor at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering May 4-5, 2013 in Anchorage Alaska. The Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering is a Trade Show and Conference presented by the Alaskan Airman’s Association. See Tanis at Booth 187. Doug Evink, President and CEO of Tanis Aircraft Products, commented, “We are pleased to participate in an event organized by the Alaskan Airman Association and meeting so many of our customers that attend this gathering. Our line of…
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AIRCRAFT SPRUCE NOW OFFERS A SUN N FUN  FLY-IN PREORDER PICK-UP OPTION

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE NOW OFFERS A SUN N FUN FLY-IN PREORDER PICK-UP OPTION

Aircraft Spruce knows that many of you will visit Lakeland, Florida for The Sun-n-Fun Fly-In and Airshow from April 9th to April 14th. We want to remind you that if you want to pick up orders at our Sun-n-Fun booth, it is necessary to place the orders in advance. We have a limited amount of stock available at our Sun-n-Fun booth so we encourage you to place your orders for the Sun-n-Fun show by phone, fax, or online as soon as possible. We will process Sun-n-Fun orders the same way…
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Cessna Expands Global Sales Force

WICHITA, Kan., March 14, 2013 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the planned expansion of the company’s worldwide sales force by nearly 50 percent. As part of this effort, the company is placing an emphasis on decentralized satellite offices in global markets where Cessna’s presence is well established or where the company sees opportunity for growth. “This move is another example of how Cessna is investing in the future. With the largest installed base of aircraft of any general aviation manufacturer, it is imperative…
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TTx First Production Flight a Success

TTx First Production Flight a Success

INDEPENDENCE, Kansas, March 6, 2013 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the Cessna TTx completed its first production flight on Saturday, March 2. The single engine composite aircraft departed from the Cessna facility in Independence, Kan. and performed the flight in and around southeast Kansas. “The TTx performed exceptionally well,” said Brian Steele, business leader for the TTx. “In the course of the flight, the pilot took the aircraft to 17,000 feet, and achieved a speed of 213 kts. The TTx is a nimble, top…
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Gama and Build A Plane Push Stem Education

Gama and Build A Plane Push Stem Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a collaborative effort to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and stimulate student interaction in aviation and manufacturing, Build A Plane and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced today a nationwide STEM educational competition. The winners of this competition, eight children total, will receive free trips to the Glasair Aviation facilities in Arlington, Washington to build two Glasair Sportsman aircraft. Participating in Glasair’s well-known “Two Weeks to Taxi” program, students will build the two Sportsman aircraft starting June 17, 2013. GAMA member companies,…
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