LoPresti upgrades BoomBeam light kit for Citations

LoPresti Aviation has introduced an upgrade on the BoomBeam HID light kit for Citations.

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Helicopter accident rate shows double digit reduction

WASHINGTON D.C. – The United States Helicopter Safety Team has released new statistics on accident rates for U.S. civil helicopters along with new data on fatal accident rates and fatalities.

For the first seven months of 2014, there have been 3.94 helicopter accidents for every 100,000 flight hours. This is a 51% decrease compared to the 2001-05 baseline determined by the USHST parent organization, the International Helicopter Safety Team.  This also is a 22% reduction compared to the 5.06 rate posted in 2009 and a 12% reduction compared to the 4.46 rate posted in 2012.  (See charts below for complete data.)

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Kickstarter launched for Turbo the Flying Dog

Turbo the Flying Dog, a picture book for children ages 4 to 8, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign, designed to fund illustrations, a small first run of the book, and associated business costs. Authors Kelly Kennedy and Victoria Zajko describe the book an adventure exploring the themes of aviation, animal rescue, and family.

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Frosting for Flight fundraiser set

OSHKOSH, Wis. — The Oshkosh chapter of Women in Aviation, International, is holding its fourth annual Frosting for Flight cupcake competition and cupcake sale to raise funds for its Spirit of Flight scholarship.

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Young Business Aviation Professionals Program to debut at NBAA2014

The National Business Aviation Association will debut its Young Professionals In Business Aviation initiative at NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 21.

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Helipad introduces new pilot kneeboard

MELBOURNE, Florida — Helipad has introduced a new pilot kneeboard designed by helicopter pilots for helicopter pilots.

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Hewlett Packard employees donate to Flying Musicians Association

The Flying Musicians Association has been selected to participate in Hewlett Packard’s Social Impact Initiative program, in which HP’s nearly 300,000 employees may donate directly to FMA, and HP will match these donations dollar for dollar up to $1,000 annually. HP is also allowing its employees to perform up to four hours per month of volunteer work for FMA on HP time.

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CAF to showcase bombers and fighters at WWII Air Expo

DALLAS – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will showcase a collection of World War II aircraft during its CAF WWII Air Expo at Dallas Executive Airport Oct. 3-5.

Four of the most popular bombers from that era will be on the ramp including FIFI (pictured), the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress. Other attending bombers include the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and B-25 Mitchell. Vintage military fighters present will include a P-40 Warhawk and two P-51 Mustangs.

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One Week Wonder scheduled to visit Zenith Hangar Day

MEXICO, Mo. — The Experimental Aircraft Association’s One Week Wonder is returning to its birthplace. The aircraft, a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer, which was built by volunteers in one week during AirVenture 2014, will be flown to the factory for Zenith’s Hangar Day on Sept. 20. Over 2,500 “builders” participated in the building program at Oshkosh, setting a record for the number of people involved in assembling a homebuilt aircraft kit.

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$6.7 million settlement in cropduster’s death

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Sept. 3, a settlement was reached in front of Judge Scott Snowden (Ret.) on the wrongful death action filed by the family of agricultural aviator Steve Allen in the amount $6.7 million and, as a result, is establishing the standard as to the use of meteorological evaluation towers for wind prospecting in agricultural areas.

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