LA training center receives $100,000 donation

Single-engine Cessnas and a former Coast Guard HH-52 helicopter will continue to line one of the most unique classrooms within the Los Angeles Unified School District, thanks to a $100,000 donation. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation Center had been facing closure or relocation after 40 years at Van Nuys Airport because of budget cuts and a rent increase. The donation will keep the program open for another year.

FlightLink from Lightspeed Aviation evolves

Lightspeed Aviation has released FlightLink 1.2, an upgrade to its free app that turns iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches into cockpit voice recorders. The new version includes a file compression feature that makes audio files both smaller and compatible with a wider variety of audio management software.

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LoPresti awarded STC for BoomBeams on Citation 680 and 750

LoPresti Aviation has been granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the BoomBeam High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lighting Systems for the Cessna Citation 680 and 750.

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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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