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July 26, 2007

Marion Blakey Gives Her Spin On User Fees

"It Don't Think It Will Break Anybody's Piggy Bank"

By Annette Kurman You gotta give Ms. Blakey credit. It must have taken courage to speak before a crowd of more than 850 general aviation enthusiasts, most of whom were wearing "NO! on user fees" buttons and stickers.

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Traffic Control Due To Return To New Orleans Lakefront Airport

Service Limited To Capabilities Of Cell Phones, Radio To Start

The New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) has lacked tower operations since August 2005... when Hurricane Katrina knocked the service out. Still, the little general aviation airport, long preferred by executives, politicians and even celebrities because of its lack of commercial crowds and easy access to downtown, saw the highest number of flights since the hurricane in April -- 4,000, according to the Associated Press.

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FAA's Blakey Announces ADIZ Revisions At 'Meet The Administrator' Forum

A July Surprise At AirVenture 2007

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 07.26.07 1305 OSHKOSH (CDT) TIME: The ADIZ isn't gone, but it is smaller. In what will be her last "Meet The Administrator" forum as the head of the FAA, Marion Blakey sought to placate general aviation pilots -- smarting over the past several months from her apparent position reversal on user fees -- by dropping a bombshell: the Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) will soon be a lot smaller.

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Wings 2.0 -- The New FAA Pilot Proficiency Program

Most Ambitious Agency Pilot Safety Program To Date

Pilots who understand the importance of staying proficient are likely to be familiar with the FAA Pilot Proficiency Award Program, or "Wings" as it is more commonly known. For decades, this program and others like it have aimed to increase General Aviation safety by recognizing and rewarding pilots who undergo regular recurrent training.

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Avidyne Announces Release 7.0 Upgrade For Entegra

Enables WAAS Data Display On PFDs

Avidyne Corporation announced this week at AirVenture 2007 the Release 7.0 software upgrade for Entegra EXP5000 Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and EX5000 Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) that will add support for WAAS instrument approach procedures.

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Medical Issues A Hot Topic At Oshkosh 2007

FAA Air Surgeon Sets Crowd Straight

Aeromedical factors are often glossed over by most pilots studying for their checkrides. While usually not the most exciting topic, medical factors will eventually be incredibly important to each of us, especially as we grow older.

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Diamond Aircraft Owners Group Launches At Oshkosh

DAA Invites Diamond Flyers, Aficionados To Join

The Diamond Aviators Association (the DAA), a new aircraft owners group endorsed by Diamond Aircraft Industries, will celebrate its official launch on Friday evening, July 27, during the 2007 EAA AirVenture Exhibition in Oshkosh, WI.

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From The Odd Airplane File, Part Three: Anderson Greenwood Model AG-14

The Last One Built, And One of Two Still In The Air

At the close of World War II, three young Boeing aeronautical engineers decided to pool their resources and talents, and strike out on their own. Ben Anderson, Marvin Greenwood, and Lomis Slaughter, all originally from Houston, set out to build the perfect small airplane. They returned to Houston to set up shop, and located their operation at Sam Houston Airport, hoping to take advantage of the anticipated post-war surge in private aviation.

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Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Awarded To Thomas Ehresman

Project To Focus on Eliminating Leaded Aviation Fuel With Direct Injection Igniter Fuel Nozzle

A bevy of "names that you know" were on hand for the announcement Wednesday of Thomas Ehresman as the winner for the 2007 Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant for his research  into a new direct injection igniter fuel nozzle that would eliminate the need for leaded aviation fuel.

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Piper Provides AirVenture 2007 Attendees Update On The PiperJet

Initial Wind Tunnel Testing Complete, Something New Waiting In The Wings...

Piper Aircraft held a Wednesday afternoon press conference, as the rain began to fall at EAA AirVenture 2007. Focus was on the PiperJet, with mention given to Piper's other models, and hints toward a new product to be unveiled later this year.

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What's Next For General Aviation Security?

Upcoming Security Training Presented At AirVenture

Approximately two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) solicited proposals for the development of a training program for improving security awareness and preparedness at general aviation airports. Via competitive proposals, in 2005, a $750,000 grant was awarded to Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in Pewaukee, WI.

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Avemco Announces More Underwriting Changes

Rates Lowered On TAAs, Homebuilts

This week at Oshkosh 2007, Avemco's Executive Vice President Jim Lauerman announced changes with the company's underwriting standards and risk management approach. He provided updates on previous announcements made at Lakeland earlier this year, and also announced new changes.

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Five Lost In Alaskan Tour Plane Downing

Trip Was Part Of Alaskan Cruise

Four Sun Princess cruise ship passengers on a sightseeing tour as part of an Alaskan cruise were killed Tuesday when their plane went down in a mountainous area of southeast Alaska.

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LAMA Announces New Board Members, Talks About Industry Self-Auditing

Light Aircraft Association Flying High

 The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) announced the expansion of its board of directors Tuesday from five to seven, with the appointments of Jack Pelton and Jo Konrad to its board.

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Rotor Leasing Makes First Appearance At Oshkosh

Restored Dauphin Is One Of Several To Come

Rotor Leasing, a company that restores ex-military Gazelle and Dauphin helicopters, made its first public appearance at AirVenture this week. The company, which just purchased four Dauphins, plans to sell three of the four helicopters. Rotor Leasing's first completely restored Dauphin is at their display.

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Vans RV Owners Share Oshkosh Adventure

Successful Homebuilts Foster Community Atmosphere

The AirVenture experience is already one where strong bonds are formed between complete strangers.

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Car Engine For Aircraft Debuts At Oshkosh 2007

Munro & Associates Display Ducted-Fan System

The future of General Aviation may very well be at Oshkosh next year... and if Sandy Munro and his company -- Munro & Associates -- has anything to say about it, they'll point to their concept of a ducted-fan aircraft powered by an automotive engine.

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