Soloy introduces landing light kit

Soloy Aviation Solutions has received STC approval for a LED based aircraft lighting kit for the Cessna 206G and 206H model aircraft.

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AeroComputers names Mikael Via COO

OXNARD, Calif. — AeroComputers has hired Mikael Via to fill the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. Via comes to AeroComputers from Glasair Aviation in Washington, where he was president and CEO.

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The next generation of Cirrus

Cirrus Aircraft recently unveiled its latest SR22 and SR22T models — dubbed Generation 5 — with a host of improvements, dominated by a 200-pound increase in the airplanes’ load carrying capability.

Increasing the certified gross weight to 3,600 pounds increases the flexibility of the airplanes, according to Dale Klapmeier, Cirrus co-founder and CEO. “It’s the most asked for improvement from our customers,” he said.

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DAHER-SOCATA delivers 38 TBMs in 2012

DAHER-SOCATA reports  that 38 TBM 850s were delivered in 2012 – representing the fourth best year for the company’s TBM aircraft family since 1990.

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Avemco launches safety education tour

Avemco Insurance Company Vice President Mike Adams will present “Flying the Pacific Northwest: Findings Revealed from Avemco Files” at the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show on Feb. 23, in Puyallup, Washington. This will be the kickoff of Avemco’s 2013 Safety Education Tour.

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New app helps decipher FAA acronyms

North Star Group has released a free FAA Acronyms Mobile App, which includes a searchable list of many of the commonly used acronyms used by the FAA and the aviation industry.

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Pratt & Whitney donates two engines to Embry-Riddle

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently took delivery of two turbofan engines donated by Pratt & Whitney to enhance aerospace engineering education at the university.

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Thunderbirds to headline Wings Over North Georgia Airshow

ROME, Ga. — The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will perform at the annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, Oct. 12-13 at Rome’s Richard B. Russell Regional Airport (RMG)

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Re-energizing GA: There’s an app for that

The numbers can be depressing: The general aviation market is down, pilot starts are down, fuel use is down. And while GA’s alphabet groups are working to change those numbers by advocating for their members, they are only reaching people who are already pilots.

“And even people who are in aviation are flying less,” noted Jeff Simon, one of the co-founders of SocialFlight, a new app and website with one goal in mind: Re-energize general aviation.

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Deliveries up slightly, billings down in 2012

WASHINGTON, DC — Last year, airplane shipments increased just .6%, while billings were down .9%, according to figures released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

While mixed, the 2012 year-end numbers don’t reflect “the amount of development work in progress in general aviation,” said Brad Mottier,  GAMA chairman.

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