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Speed, Performance and Utility on Display in Cessna Single-Engine Lineup

Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has introduced three new single-engine products to the general aviation market in the past twelve months. Orders are being taken on the Grand Caravan EX, the Turbo Skylane JT-A and the Cessna TTx, aircraft that extend traditional boundaries of general aviation in terms of payload, performance and style. “Cessna’s three new aircraft all offer distinct strengths and capabilities,” said Jodi Noah, Cessna senior vice president of single engine/propeller aircraft. “Speed, performance and utility are all hallmarks of the newest Cessna single…
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Phillips 66® Aviation Introduces Personal Card for Recreational Pilots with Fuel Rewards

Phillips 66® Aviation Introduces Personal Card for Recreational Pilots with Fuel Rewards

Avgas pilots can garner triple WingPoints® Rewards and double Young Eagles Fuel Rebates through 2013 OSHKOSH, Wis. – The nation’s largest network of branded fixed base operators, Phillips 66® Aviation, is launching a new personal credit card for pilots that makes recreational flying easier, while providing opportunities for triple WingPoints® Rewards and double Young Eagles Fuel Rebates. The no-annual-fee card brings Phillips 66 Aviation’s WingPoints Rewards Program to avgas pilots, who can earn triple WingPoints through the end of 2013 that are immediately redeemable online for debit or gift cards.…
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Cessna Offers Heat-Reflecting Paint for Turbo Stationair

Cessna Offers Heat-Reflecting Paint for Turbo Stationair

Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today debuted its new Night Sky edition of the Turbo Stationair at the 2013 Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual week-long exhibition – AirVenture. This limited edition of the Cessna Turbo Stationair features a black and red paint scheme which includes a new surface coating capable of reflecting most infrared solar heat. The Night Sky edition Turbo Stationair also includes a specially-painted McCauley propeller to complement the unique paint scheme. The coating used in the Night Sky edition of the Turbo Stationair is…
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Casa Grande Municipal to Operate As Non-Towered Airport during COPPERSTATE Fly-In

(CASA GRANDE, ARIZ., Aug. 20, 2013) — Each October, pilots arriving for the COPPERSTATE Fly-In at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Casa Grande, Ariz., have been greeted by an enthusiastic crew of FAA air traffic controllers, drawn from facilities throughout the western United States, all proud to have been selected to staff the temporary COPPERSTATE Control Tower. This year, however, things will be different. While both management and controllers from the air traffic control facilities involved are eager to support the Fly-In, the FAA’s implementation of a user fee…
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NEW 2013-2014 AIRCRAFT SPRUCE CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE

NEW 2013-2014 AIRCRAFT SPRUCE CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. began distributing their new 2013 catalog at EAA’s AirVenture Fly-In. Now exceeding 960 pages in length, the Aircraft Spruce catalog is available in a print format, CD format, and a PDF format. If attending AirVenture, stop by Hangar A, Booth 1022-1029 or Hangar D, Booth 4113-4114 to pick up your free copy. Few people today begin a homebuilt or restoration project without an Aircraft Spruce catalog. Most people who own a modern, certified aircraft find it invaluable for routine maintenance, upgrades, or pilot supplies. There…
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FAA Issues Proposed AD that will Cost Aircraft Owners $83 Million

ECi believes the FAA’s proposed action will degrade safety, not improve it. Affected owners and associations have 60 days (10/11/2013) to submit comments (for online version click here). SAN ANTONIO, TX. August 12, 2013 — The FAA proposed an Airworthiness Directive (AD) to limit the allowable time-in-service of more than 30,000 TITAN brand 520- and 550-series cylinder assemblies installed on about 6,000 Continental IO-520, TSIO-520, IO-550 and IOF-550 engines. The proposed AD affects a broad serial number range of cylinder assemblies (p/n AEC631397), and would require that these cylinders be…
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Wipaire Receives Approval for Cessna 208B on Wipline 8750 Floats

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 29, 2013 – Wipaire, Inc. is proud to announce the certification of Wipline 8750 on the new Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX and Grand Caravan. For the first time ever, Grand Caravan operators can take advantage of the versatility afforded by Wipline floats. Wipline 8750 floats feature no landing weight limitations on water or land for short-haul operations. The all-new Wipline 8750 draws upon the successes of the Wipline 8000 floats and combines tried-and-true characteristics with newly engineered designs. The Wipline 8750 features an improved main gear…
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AvMap Ultra EFIS worldwide preview at EAA Airventure 2013

Ultra light, Ultra bright the compact standalone EFIS for a safe flight! Developed with UAV Navigation, the AvMap Ultra is a compact EFIS providing reliable and advanced ADAHRS. July 22nd, 2013: AvMap, the Italian manufacturer of GPS since 1994, presents the Ultra EFIS, a standalone unit providing Air data, Attitude, Heading and Altitude Reference for your flight. The AvMap Ultra EFIS is a standalone device with a 3.5” ultra bright, Sunlight Readable LCD display. The unit is compact (only 1.95” / 49.5 mm installing depth) and ultra light: only 5.1…
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Aviation Icons Give High-Flying Reviews on Cessna 210 Flight-Ops Book

SAN DIEGO, CA – Just released is an all-new primer on owning and flying the Cessna 210 by six-time Master CFI Chuck McGill, and it’s receiving high praise from throughout aviation. Icons like Rod Machado, Barry Schiff, and Max Trescott happily tout its authenticity and focus on safety. Entitled Flying the Cessna 210: The Secrets Unlocked, the book helps aviators master the art of piloting this complex airplane. Author Chuck McGill offers his wisdom on optimum performance and safe operations based on his thousands of hours of flying and teaching…
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Don’t Tackle EAA AirVenture without the Official Airshow App

July 18, 2013 - Sporty’s develops complete Oshkosh app for 3rd year Sporty’s 2013 EAA AirVenture app is now available for download – and it’s free. This useful app – now in its third year – has been continually enhanced with user feedback to make it a must-have for anyone attending EAA AirVenture. “With literally thousands of exhibitors, airplanes, workshops, forums, talks, social gatherings, and displays, you have to approach AirVenture with a plan,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Spend some time organizing your visit, stick your phone in…
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Hartzell Propeller, Hartzell Engine Technologies Partnering With IMC Club to Host IFR Proficiency Center at Oshkosh

Piqua, Ohio, and Norwood, MA, July 15, 2013....IMC Club International, Inc. is partnering with Hartzell Propeller Inc. and its sister company Hartzell Engine Technologies to host an IFR Proficiency Center from Monday, July 29 through Friday, August 2 during AirVenture 2013 (Oshkosh). Hartzell has secured a flight-line tent where the IMC Club will host daily IFR “brain teasers” in interactive forums followed by lunch for up to 100 guests. The sessions are open to IFR rated pilots or those in training. Admission begins at 10:45 each day. Radek Wyrzykowski, IMC…
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FAA Boosts Aviation Safety with New Pilot Qualification Standards

WASHINGTON – In a final rule to be published soon, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it is increasing the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. The rule requires first officers – also known as co-pilots – to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours total time as a pilot. Previously, first officers were required to have only a commercial pilot certificate, which requires 250 hours of flight time. The rule also requires first officers to have an…
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AIRCRAFT SPRUCE NOW OFFERS AN OSHKOSH SHOW PREORDER PICK-UP OPTION

Aircraft Spruce knows that many of you will visit Oshkosh for The AirVenture Show from July 29th to Aug 4th. We want to remind you that if you want to pick up preorders at our Oshkosh booth, it is advantageous to place the orders in advance. We have a limited amount of stock available at our Oshkosh booth so we encourage you to place your orders for The AirVenture Show by phone, fax, or online as soon as possible. We will process Oshkosh orders the same way we do standard…
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EAA Petitions Federal Court on FAA ATC Charges

July 3, 2013 - EAA today filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, asking the court to review and provide relief from payments demanded by the Federal Aviation Administration in relation to air traffic control services at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In its petition, EAA asks the court to stop the FAA from augmenting its congressionally approved appropriation through unilaterally imposed fees on aviation events such as AirVenture. EAA maintains the fees were imposed without standard notice and comment procedure from the FAA,…
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Banyan Air Service rescueME PLB1

Banyan Air Service rescueME PLB1

June 24, 2013 - In an emergency situation, this may save your life. Wherever you are at sea or on land, the rescueME PLB1 is one safety product, you’ll want to carry with you. Tagged as the world’s smallest PLB, the rescueME PLB1 actually fits in the palm of your hand and when compared to other PLBs, it’s 30% smaller. The rescueME PLB1 is easy to activate. Simply pull the antenna out, lift the protective flap and press the red button. When activated, the PLB1 transmits your position and unique…
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Entry Deadline for the 2013 EAA AirVenture Cup Race Fast Approaching

Entry Deadline for the 2013 EAA AirVenture Cup Race Fast Approaching

Milwaukee, WI - June 24, 2013 - The entry deadline for the EAA AirVenture Cup Race is July 1, 2013 and race organizers are urging interested participants to get their application in as soon as possible. In the past, race participants had until a week before the race to submit their applications, but the deadline for entry is earlier this year in order to give EAA time to process registrations and ensure each racer's insurance and documentation is in order. Race organizers are also extending its "early bird" registration fee…
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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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