Hewlett Packard employees donate to Flying Musicians Association

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The Flying Musicians Association has been selected to participate in Hewlett Packard’s Social Impact Initiative program, in which HP’s nearly 300,000 employees may donate directly to FMA, and HP will match these donations dollar for dollar up to $1,000 annually. HP is also allowing its employees to perform up to four hours per month of volunteer work for FMA on HP time.

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Women in Aviation expands youth outreach

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Women in Aviation, International (WAI) has announced that the association’s “Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day” held for the past three years during WAI’s annual conference has been expanded to include an international day to attract girls to aviation planned for Sept. 26, 2015.

Now called Girls in Aviation Day, the program will occur both during WAI’s annual Conference in March, as well as a full day where WAI chapters commit to a local program for the girls in their area in September.

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Congress shows support for federal contract towers

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently sent letters to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta reiterating congressional support for the preservation of 252 federal contract towers.

Fifty-five senators signed a July 31 letter imploring Huerta to consider “all perspectives” in what appears to be an effort to streamline tower operations as the agency continues to deal with budget pressures, according to a report on the National Business Aviation Association website.

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GA groups lobby for expedited review of medical reform

Seven influential general aviation organizations are asking the Department of Transportation to expedite a review of the FAA’s proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.

In an August 15 letter, the associations urged Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to complete its review of the FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) within the next 30 days and open the proposal for public comment.

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