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

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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

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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.