Copperstate: Something for everyone

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Article and Photos by Steven Valinski

For the majority of people in the United States, autumn signifies cool temperatures, multi-colored foliage, and the gateway to winter. For residents of the Southwestern U.S., more specifically, Arizona, autumn signifies the start of some ideal weather for aviators and aviation fans alike.

To celebrate and embrace this season, several aviation-related events take place in the Southwestern U.S. One of these, hosted by the Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Casa Grande, Arizona, is the Copperstate Fly-In.

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Great Lakes Aviation Conference returns to Lansing

The 15th Annual Great Lakes Aviation Conference and Expo returns to the Lansing Center Jan. 23-24 in downtown Lansing, Michigan. The conference and expo is designed to provide an interactive and educational event, offering more than 60 breakout sessions for pilots, maintenance professionals, sport pilots, instructors and students, including two days of IA renewals and continuing education. The conference also features approximately 100 exhibitors. Advance registration is open now.

RedBird Migration inspires a new way of thinking

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By JIM CAVANAGH

The fourth annual RedBird Migration Flight Training Industry and Design Conference was a success no matter how you look at it. Held in late October at Redbird SkyPort at San Marcos Municipal Airport (KHYI) in Texas, the weather was beautiful, the speakers inspirational, and the crowd receptive to what can only be called invigorating presentations.

Redbird Flight Simulations is a leader in flight training technology and marketing. The company’s simulators are renowned, with almost 1,500 in use all over the world. The company has also taken the first steps in adapting strong, dependable airframes to diesel and glass technologies, while its training syllabus is designed to cater to Millennials, the latest generation of young adults.

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Expect third class medical reform in 2015

AOPA Petition

At the last Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) regional fly-in of the year, pilots clamored to sign a giant petition calling for reform of the third class medical.

It’s a scene that’s been played out at all the AOPA events throughout the year, association officials say, reporting that more than 10,000 signatures have been garnered since the petition first appeared at SUN ’n FUN. The panel that was at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI) in Georgia was the 10th panel.

“It’s been really popular,” said Steve Hedges, AOPA’s spokesman.

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AOPA wraps up regional fly-ins at KSSI

Photo by Joni M. Fisher

Gray skies didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association regional fly-in Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. Simons Island, Georgia, at the McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI).

AOPA President Mark Baker reported that the regional fly-ins were such a success that 45 airports are now bidding to host next year’s fly-ins. AOPA officials estimate that between 16,000 and 17,000 pilots and aviation enthusiasts attended the regional fly-ins, which were held throughout the country.

A few photos from the show follow, look for more in the Nov. 20 print edition of General Aviation News.

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Hinton awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

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HOUSTON  — Steve Hinton was named the recipient of the 2014 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime of Achievement in Aviation by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) 30th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow.

In addition to performing in a North American F-86F Sabre, America’s first swept wing fighter jet, Hinton serves as president of the Planes of Fame Air Museum and is the owner of the aircraft restoration company Fighter Rebuilders.

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