Saving Ocean Ridge Airport

In the 1930s when Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney needed to raise money, they found themselves a barn, got the gang together and put on a show. These days fundraising is done online through crowdsourcing, where lots of people donate whatever they can.

In Gualala, Calif., the owners of Ocean Ridge Airport (E55) have turned to the crowdsourcing site to raise money to repair the runway. If the runway isn’t repaired by Sept. 30, the airport will close to the public.

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Governor declares July ‘Aviation Appreciation Month’ in Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared July 2014 “Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Kentucky, general aviation accounts for more than $1.7 billion in economic activity annually. To view the proclamation, click here.

San Diego utility gets FAA nod to test drones

The FAA recently granted San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) a Special Airworthiness Certificate for a small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), allowing the utility to research, test and train flight crews on the UAS in a sparsely populated airspace in Eastern San Diego County. SDG&E is the first utility in the nation to be granted FAA approval for this technology.

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Garmin Pilot goes global

Garmin has launched worldwide coverage of the Garmin Pilot application for iPad and iPhone, which provides flight planning capabilities, weather information and navigation. Pilots also have access to expanded coverage of European charts in a single application, including geo-referenced FliteCharts and SafeTaxi airport diagrams.

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Avemco Oshkosh forums focus on safety tips

Avemco Insurance Company will present educational sessions before and during EAA’s AirVenture 2014.

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ASA releases 2015 Test Prep books

ASA’s 2015 Test Prep books for pilots and Test Guides for mechanics are available and shipping now.

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Baron offers global weather data for avionics and apps

Baron, a weather technology company, offers an extensive list of global weather and domestic aviation products for integration into avionics and apps. The Baron Weather API was specifically designed for use by developers who want to include weather data into their products and services, according to company officials.

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New names for Airvans

Mahindra Aerospace has rebranded its GA8 Airvan and GA10 utility aircraft as the Airvan 8 and Airvan 10.

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Delayed decision leads to crash

Aircraft: Beechcraft Duke. Injuries: 3 Fatal. Location: Sedona, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: According to several witnesses, the airplane appeared to be having difficulty accelerating for takeoff. It did not liftoff. It continued down the 5,132-foot runway, went off the end of the runway and down a steep slope where it crashed and burned.

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How to create a fan

The quest for the World Cup has come to an end. Germany took home the title after working their way up through the ranks, win by win. In the end they took out Argentina in a 1–0 contest that left billions of people around the world glued to their television sets.

Incidentally, this column doesn’t have the first thing to do with soccer. So read on with confidence. If you’re into aviation, this one’s for you.

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