A resolution to use good judgment

Jamie Beckett is a CFI and A&P mechanic who stepped into the political arena in an effort to promote and protect GA at his local airport.

Since this is the week that Americans traditionally delve deeply into their resolution bag to try to identify the one or two personality traits that they should work to improve in the coming year, I have a suggestion. Let’s try to improve our judgment. It’s a small thing, but it comes into play often, and when we go wrong, bad judgment can leave a big impression.

It’s hard to convince the neighbors that you’re a responsible adult who is worthy of their respect if you’re standing in the street dressed in your underwear, a big smile, and a pair of handcuffs. Bad judgment and poor decision making can lead to this sort of thing. It’s not good. [Read more...]

Bright skies ahead

Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, is an expert on Light Sport Aircraft.

Breath a sigh of relief — 2010 has ended and nearly everyone in the business of aviation is offering prayers for a better 2011.

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Book review: Two Gold Coins and a Prayer

We get a lot of books at General Aviation News that are memoirs of pilots. “Two Gold Coins and a Prayer: The Epic Journey of a World War II Bomber Pilot and POW” is one of the most enjoyable reads that I have had in a long time.

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Sky’s the limit for the new year

You’re on the edge of a brand new year. After months of gloom and doom about the recession and the inevitable doldrums that arise after the holidays, take advantage of the chance to shake things up for 2011, recommend two staff writers for the Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle. Top of their list to help meet the new year? Fly a plane. The writers talked to Jeff Soules of U.S. Aviation Group, which offers flight training at Denton Airport. They quote him as saying flying is “a freedom you can’t experience any other way.” Read the full story here.

FBO offers specials for bowl games

Tango One Aviation, at Falcon Field Airport (FFZ) in Mesa, Arizona, is offering triple Bravo points to patrons stopping in for the Bowl Championship Series, including the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 and the BCS National Championship slated for Jan. 10 at The University of Phoenix.

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Concorde RG-12LSA battery at Aircraft Spruce

Now at Aircraft Spruce is the new Concorde RG-12LSA, a small, lightweight sealed valve regulated lead acid battery for experimental and new Type Certified aircraft.

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Cessna 182 Gross Weight Increase STC now available at Aircraft Spruce

A new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that will increase the useful load of your Cessna 182P or 182Q by 150 to 160 pounds [Read more...]

‘The Savvy Flight Instructor’ for Kindle

Greg Brown’s book, “The Savvy Flight Instructor: Secrets of the Successful CFI,” has just been released for Kindle.

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IMC Clubs releases iPhone app

Aviation safety organization, IMC Club International, Inc., has released a new iPhone application designed to disseminate aviation-related news to the pilot community.

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Frazier Joins BBA Aviation ERO

Michael Frazier has joined BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company Dallas Airmotive as Regional Engine Manager selling engine services for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, JT15D, PW500 and PW306C engines. Frazier will cover the Northeastern USA from Pennsylvania through Maine.

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