ProAdvantage now available for King Airs

Beechcraft will begin offering ProAdvantage product support programs to the global Beechcraft King Air turboprop fleet.

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ETC to upgrade FAA altitude simulation chambers

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. — Environmental Tectonics Corp. has won two separate contracts for the upgrade of two altitude simulation chambers originally provided by ETC to the FAA and used for training and research at its Oklahoma City facility.

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Natalie Bingham Hoover wins NAFI’s Laslo Writing Award

Natalie Bingham Hoover has won the National Association of Flight Instructors 2014 Laslo Writing Award.

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Hayward Air Rally celebrates 50th anniversary

By MIKE CITRO

The Hayward Air Rally, which has tested pilot planning, navigation and flying skills on the West Coast for a half century, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year in a big way, with a final destination of Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh. The rally was conducted over three days, with scoring from Hayward, California, to Madison, Wisconsin. On the fourth day, the rally participants flew as a group into Oshkosh from Madison.

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Lawmakers lobby to expedite medical reform

Lawmakers are asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the administration to expedite a review of the FAA’s proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.

In two separate letters, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Reps. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) and Sam Graves (R-Missouri) wrote to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging his department to complete its review of the FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) within the next 30 days and open the proposal for public comment.

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Florida’s Page Field recognized for safety efforts

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FAA Southern Region Airports Division recently honored Page Field with its 2013 General Aviation Airport Safety Award. This award is given annually to a general aviation airport that has taken actions, instituted programs or otherwise operated in a manner deserving of special recognition for improving airport safety.

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Garmin Pilot expands coverage into Canada

Garmin Pilot has added coverage for Canada. Garmin Pilot Canada Premium is available in the iTunes store and offers a suite of navigation and weather information for both Canada and the United States.

North American navigation data provided by Jeppesen ensures pilots have the information they need for flight planning, according to Garmin officials.

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NATA compensation report available

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has published the results of its 2014 survey of general aviation service employee compensation. The 2014 Compensation Report includes salaries and benefits for pilots, line service personnel and maintenance technicians.

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SAFE elects new board members

Aviation educator Dr. Donna Wilt was elected chair of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) Board of Directors July 31 at the group’s annual membership meeting at AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She replaces current Chair John Dorcey.

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Embry-Riddle introduces Ph.D. in Human Factors

Embry-Riddle has won approval of its new Ph.D. in Human Factors degree program, as well as an accompanying advancement to the highest level of accreditation – Institutions that Offer Four or More Doctorates – in a decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC),the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. Embry-Riddle’s other doctoral programs are in Aviation, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Physics and Mechanical Engineering.

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