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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Wagstaff joins Excalibur 421 team

PASO ROBLES, Calif. — Aerobatic champion Patty Wagstaff has joined the Excalibur 421 team. She will be the demonstration pilot and also will be responsible for overseeing the transition training program.

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Eastern Aviation Fuels sponsors scholarship

The Florida Aviation Trade Association (FATA) and Eastern Aviation Fuels, the exclusive distributor of Shell branded aviation fuels in the United States, have established the Gary Steele Scholarship Fund as part of the FATA Scholarship Program.

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Aviator’s Practical Organizer debuts

Making its debut is the Aviator’s Practical Organizer, a new system that helps student pilots organize and understand the knowledge needed for the oral and flight exams.

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Tickets now available for Thunder in the Valley Airshow

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Advanced tickets to the March 16 and 17 Thunder in the Valley Air Show are now available for sale.

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Revenues, deliveries up at Piper

VERO BEACH, Florida — Piper Aircraft ended 2012 with a 13% jump in revenue, fueled by a 16% rise in deliveries of new aircraft.

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IMC Club introduces the ‘Brown Jacket’ Instrument Mastery Award

A brown (leather) flight jacket will be awarded annually by the IMC Club to one outstanding general aviation instrument pilot for his or her safety, proficiency and contributions in helping other pilots in their quest to “Master the Art of Instrument Navigation.” This recognition will be an award similar to the “green jacket” award in professional golf.

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Remembering Bob Odegaard

Just posted to YouTube is a memorial video for Bob Odegaard, who died Sept. 7 in a crash of his Super Corsair as he was practicing for an airshow. The video, put together by Alan Ripa, features a song written by Bob’s good friend, Ed Newberg, titled “I Miss You Bob.”

The video debuted last weekend during a memorial for Bob at the Commemorative Air force Museum at Falcon Field In Mesa, Arizona. According to Alan, there were about 800 people in attendance for the memorial tribute.

Texas pilots asked to rally for GTU

The Texas Aviation Association is asking all Texas pilots — and their aviation friends — to pack the Georgetown City Council Chambers on Feb. 12 to fight against a proposal by the general manager of the Georgetown Utility Services (also known as GUS) to abolish the Georgetown Municipal Airport Advisory Board.

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