Deliveries up slightly, billings down in 2012

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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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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

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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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Applications now being taken for ASCEND summer camp

Applications are now being accepted for the aviation summer camp ASCEND at Rowan County Airport in Salisbury, N.C.

This week-long event is for youth between the age of 13 and 18 years and will be held from June 17-June 22 in the EAA Chapter 1083’s EAAgles Nest home hangar at the airport. During the week-long program, student campers will be immersed in all aspects of aviation for both hobby and career enthusiasts.

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