Channel Islands Aviation partners with SBBCollege to offer new aviation program

Channel Islands Aviation has partnered with Santa Barbara Business College in California in a new, accredited program — Associate of Science in Aviation.

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Sierra Industries to develop upgrade program for Cessna bizjets

Sierra Industries, Ltd., part of the SkyWay Group, has launched a new program of performance upgrades to the Cessna 525 Citation Jet series.

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Sullenberger featured guest at Pacific Aviation Museum gala

HONOLULU — “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, who piloted US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s Hudson River, will be this year’s guest speaker at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 8th Anniversary Dinner Gala on Saturday, Dec. 6.

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Aviation career fair slated

CLEARWATER, Fla. — National Aviation Academy (NAA) is hosting a fall career fair on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Companies scheduled to attend include: Aerotek, American Flyers, Boeing South Carolina, Bombardier Learjet, Cape Air, Eagle Creek Aviation Services, Endeavor Air, General Atomics Aeronautical, GoJet Airlines, Honeywell, Kelly Services, LiveTV, Lockheed Martin, Naples Jet Center, Pall Aerospace, Pemco, Republic Airways, SkyWest Airlines, Thales Avionics, Trans States Airlines, U.S. Air Force and United Airlines.

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Baffle kits now available for Piper PA-44-180 Seminole

BIG LAKE, ALASKA — Airforms’ growing line of replacement aircraft engine baffles now includes components for all Piper PA-44-180 Seminole twin engine aircraft.

Airforms’ engineering department received the new PMA (Part Manufacturing Approval) this week through its continued work with the FAA Anchorage ACO (Aircraft Certification Office).

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Drunk pilot crashes

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Fredericksburg, Va. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: During takeoff in good visibility and calm wind, about 100 feet above ground level, the airplane banked 90° to the left and descended in a spiral until hitting the ground.

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Common financial mistake vs. uncommon financial opportunity

While listening to the inimitable Clark Howard, a popular radio personality who offers financial advice, I learned an interesting tidbit of information. It seems auto loans are being taken out for longer and longer periods of time. The average auto loan is now in the five and a half year range, but some extend for as many as seven years. Seven years! For a car loan. Consider me amazed.

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Questions abound on FAA’s news about alternative fuels

Was it only me, or did anyone else find the press release by the FAA announcing that it has selected four fuels for further testing to replace 100LL this fall to be a bit peculiar?  In case you you missed it, the official press release from the FAA is here. Articles also appeared on this site, General Aviation News, and from the EAA.

None of the articles answered any of the obvious questions that came immediately to my mind, for instance:

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General aviation accidents decrease in 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary aviation accident statistics Sept. 15, which show an overall decline in the number of US registered civil aviation accidents, from 1,539 in 2012 to 1,297 in 2013.

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NTSB study on drug use criticized by GA groups

A new study on pilot drug use released by the National Transportation Safety Board is “incomplete and its conclusions should be regarded with caution,” according to officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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