AOPA hit with lawsuit over flight planner

HILLSBORO, Ore. — SD Holdings LLC has filed a $66 million patent infringement lawsuit against the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

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CFAA to debut student-led live radio show

LAKELAND, Fla. – Students from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, led by Robert Decker, will debut a live radio show on Wednesday, Sept. 25 (3 pm EST) on SNF Radio. The show can be heard on AM 1510 in the immediate area of Lakeland Linder Airport or online at

Is CNG a realistic fuel option for GA?

Is your home, or hangar, hot water tank gas fired? If so, you might have a plentiful, and affordable, supply of fuel for your airplane. At least that’s what Aviat Aircraft owner Stu Horn is trying to see come to fruition.

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Review: Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines

Many of General Aviation News readers have a connection with the airline industry. Many not directly connected to the airline industry follow it all the same. Stop by any number of plane-spotter websites to see the copious number of beautiful images taken by those transfixed by airline-class aircraft.

If you count yourself among the number of airline followers, you may consider a new book titled, “Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines.” Written by Jack El-Hai, the book traces the roots of Northwest Airlines from its founder, Lewis Brittin, to its 2010 merger with Delta.

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Willapa Harbor Oyster Feed and Fly-In

The fourth annual Willapa Harbor Oyster Feed and Fly-in is slated for Saturday, September 21. This annual event is one of Washington State’s most popular fly-ins attracting pilots from neighboring states and Canada.

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SwiftFuel producers to speak to Oregon pilots convention

ALBANY, Ore. – Oregon pilots who attend the Oregon Pilots Association (OPA) Convention, Saturday, August 24 (10 a.m.) will hear first hand about SwiftFuel’s 100SF high-octane unleaded fuel for general aviation. The OPA Convention will be part of the Northwest Art & Air Festival which will be held August 23-25 at the Linn County Expo Center.

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16-year-old solos 10 airplanes in one day, sets world record

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Nathan “Nate” Bruss turned 16 years old on Friday, August 16. He celebrated by soloing 10 different aircraft from Flying Cloud Airport. “The day went great,” said Nate Bruss via email. “The wind picked up towards the afternoon and I had a 5 kt crosswind component, but it was within my personal limitations.”

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Cessna’s 120: A delightful bird

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — I spied her across the hangar 12 months ago. It’s amazing how small a 1947 Cessna 120 looks tucked in a corner of a 30,000 square foot hangar. I had to fly her…but how? Oh wait, she’s owned by the Hoff family, owners of the AeroMark FBO at IDA.

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OpenAirplane adds eight operators

OSHKOSH, Wisc. – OpenAirplane, the revolutionary aircraft rental program added eight operators while at AirVenture 2013. Totaling 14, OpenAirplane operators can be found in Florida, California, Michigan, Illinois, Alaska and many locations in between.

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SocialFlight tops 20,000 users, adds ambassador program

OSHKOSH, Wisc. – Launched just one year ago, SocialFlight has signed up more than 20,000 users. SocialFlight, for those unaware, is a robust calendar of aviation events. “We’ve logged more than 4,000 events in 2013 alone,” reports SocialFlight founder Jeff Simon. “In fact, we’ve heard of events being created because of SocialFlight.”

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