BoldMethod: The life of a 20-year-old banner tow pilot

Haley Howard is a CFI and banner pilot from Gulf Shores, Alabama. At only 20 years old, she’s already well on her way with 1,350 hours of flight time… not to mention her CSEL (Commercial – Single Engine Land), CSES (Commercial – Single Engine Seaplane), Tailwheel Endorsement, CFI-A (Certified Flight Instructor), and Instrument Rating,” reports BoldMethod‘s Swayne Martin. “Today, Haley spends much of her time flying banners in an American Champion Scout, owned and operated by the Shrimp Basket, a Gulf-State chain of seafood restaurants.” Read more about Haley’s life as a banner tow pilot at the BoldMethod website and an expanded first-person view via Martin’s “Share Your Story” feature on his website.

Wanted: Avionics Manager for Port City Air

Port City Air — a New Hampshire-based full service FBO offering fixed wing and helicopter maintenance, avionics service and installations — is look for an avionics manager with a minimum of five years experience. The position includes assisting avionics technicians to ensure high quality work, communications with other departments and customers, scheduling service and installation work and quoting. Learn more or apply for the job online.

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Last call for photos

We are still on the hunt for the best photos of 2014 for our last issue of the year. Send them to Editor Janice Wood by Dec. 4. Don’t forget to include information about the photo — where it was taken, the plane description and the full names of anyone in the photo. Please send the largest file size you have — bigger is better.

Starting on Dec. 1, we’ll start running a Picture of the Day to showcase some of the photos we’ve received from readers so far.

Phase 1 testing begins on unleaded avgas

Phase 1 testing of four possible replacements for 100LL begins this month at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City.

The four unleaded fuels — one from Shell, one from TOTAL, and two from Swift Fuels — will undergo laboratory and rig testing to analyze a number of factors, including materials compatibility issues with aircraft components, such as fuel bladders, fuel gauges, pumps and more.

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Shell Aviation: A decade of research continues

Last December, Shell Aviation revealed that it was the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for 100LL.

The lead-free formulation is the result of 10 years of “exhaustive R&D,” according to company officials.

While some worry that large companies will forsake GA as it is such as small segment of the fuels market, Shell officials say that’s not true for them.

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