Continental Motors completes acquisition of Southern Avionics

MOBILE, Ala. — Continental Motors Group (CMG) reports it has received approval from the US government and completed its acquisition of Southern Avionics and Communications.

CMG will continue to operate the avionics and aircraft interior business under the name Southern Avionics and Communications while the operations and employees are integrated with Continental Motors Services (CMS).

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Copperstate: Something for everyone

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Article and Photos by Steven Valinski

For the majority of people in the United States, autumn signifies cool temperatures, multi-colored foliage, and the gateway to winter. For residents of the Southwestern U.S., more specifically, Arizona, autumn signifies the start of some ideal weather for aviators and aviation fans alike.

To celebrate and embrace this season, several aviation-related events take place in the Southwestern U.S. One of these, hosted by the Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Casa Grande, Arizona, is the Copperstate Fly-In.

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Call for teams to compete in GAMA/Build A Plane challenge

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, have partnered for a third year to sponsor the GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge. The challenge seeks to promote STEM education through aviation in high schools across the United States.

GAMA will provide the first 100 teachers who enter the competition with “Fly to Learn” curriculum, as well as five complimentary copies of airplane design and simulation software powered by X-Plane, for their classrooms. The lessons can be used to teach the basics of aerospace engineering and design. Students will learn to apply their knowledge to modify and fly their own virtual airplane in a fly-off.

The competition is free to enter. Registration is open until February 13, 2015, or until the first 100 schools register. Each school’s team must have four students to be eligible for the competition. Each team must include at least one male student and at least one female student.

Great Lakes Aviation Conference returns to Lansing

The 15th Annual Great Lakes Aviation Conference and Expo returns to the Lansing Center Jan. 23-24 in downtown Lansing, Michigan. The conference and expo is designed to provide an interactive and educational event, offering more than 60 breakout sessions for pilots, maintenance professionals, sport pilots, instructors and students, including two days of IA renewals and continuing education. The conference also features approximately 100 exhibitors. Advance registration is open now.