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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Disorganized/Combative Santa Monica Anti-Airport Foes Threaten Av-Businesses

February 4th 'Protest' Promises Disruptions Of Law-Abiding Aero-Businesses

The foes of aviation surrounding Santa Monica are making threats to further disrupt aviation business at the Santa Monica airport. Though quite disorganized and fighting amongst themselves, publicly, they vow that a February 4th protest targeting Atlantic Aviation, in particular, will take place. Using faulty rhetoric and some twisted facts, what has been determined to be a vocal minority of the SMO community is planning to disrupt airport operations by occupying the right of way near the largest airport FBO and targeting both the FBO and its clientele (tortious interference, anyone?). But, all is not right in NIMBYville... the internal infighting among the foes of the airport has become quite public and quite vicious. Anti-airport NIMBYs are accusing the city government of failing to act aggressively enough against the airport and the FAA of waging an illegal battle to keep the airport open.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Illegal Drone Transmitters Could Interfere With ATC, According To ARRL

American Radio Relay League Files Complaint With The FCC

In what it calls an “extremely urgent complaint” to the FCC, The American Radio Relay League ARRL has targeted the interference potential of a series of audio/video transmitters used on unmanned aircraft and marketed as Amateur Radio equipment. In a January 10 letter to the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said the transmitters use frequencies intended for navigational aids, air traffic control radar, air route surveillance radars, and global positioning systems.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

NTSB Releases Prelim In Arizona Fatal Accident

Four Fatally Injured When Aircraft Impacted Mountainous Terrain

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred on January 2 that resulted in the fatal injury of a pilot and three passengers aboard a Cessna 210.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Lawsuit Against Pilot In MD Midair Collision Dropped

Suit Against Contract ATC Company Is Still Pending

A lawsuit filed against the pilot of an aircraft which collided with a helicopter near Frederick, MD has been dropped by the families of the people aboard the helicopter who were fatally injured in the accident.

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Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Coast Flight Training Announces New Facility In San Marcos, TX

U. S. Military Helicopter Pilots Train For Careers With Envoy/American Airlines

Coast Flight Training is expanding from its San Diego headquarters to establish a second location for its airline flight training program in San Marcos, TX. The new training facilities in San Marcos will focus on training U. S. Military helicopter pilots who are transitioning to in-demand careers as civilian airline pilots for the nation's top airlines.

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Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Lightspeed Sweetens The Deal On Wireless Tango Headsets

Offers Over $100 In Free Accessories With Purchase

Lightspeed Aviation has announced the details of their wireless Tango Bonus Pack promotion, which runs through the end of the month. Anyone purchasing a new wireless Tango headset will receive two extra Tango rechargeable lithium ion batteries and an accessory wall charger free. Together, the bundle is worth over $100.

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Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Garmin Announces New 2017 Classroom Pilot Training Opportunities

Will Offer Courses In Use Of Several Of Its Products

Garmin has announced expanded pilot training opportunities for 2017 to include additional classes throughout the United States. In addition to scheduled classes for the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator series and G500/G600 glass flight display systems, on-demand classes for the G1000, G3000, and G5000 Integrated Flight Decks and supplemental eLearning opportunities are also available. These new training opportunities and locations provide pilots with varying levels of experience a hands-on approach to learning Garmin avionics in a classroom environment taught by experienced certified flight instructors.

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