BrightLine Bags reconfigures The Flex System

BrightLine Bags has reconfigured the Flex System, its modular gear-bag product line.

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LoPresti debuts Cessna Citation safety upgrade

LoPresti Aviation has released an upgrade on the BoomBeam HID light kit for Citation. The BoomBeam HID lights are approved for the recognition, landing and taxi lights.

“LoPresti has been in the BoomBeam lighting business for Citation’s for many years,” says Curt LoPresti, President of LoPresti Aviation. “Over these years we have constantly improved and updated our product.  We now offer our newest Next Generation 85 watt systems for Citation. These new 85 watt units offer more than 10 times the range of the standard lights. This is an important safety enhancement. Our business model requires that we only produce the highest performing products. LoPresti means high performance and that is what we offer.”

Maule caught in crosswind

Aircraft: Maule MXT-180A. Injuries: None. Location: Manzanita, Ore. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot said everything seemed normal as the airplane crossed over the trees on final approach, and it was lined up with the runway centerline. But before the plane touched down, the wind shifted to a crosswind, and the airplane veered to the side of the runway.

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License or certificate?

If you pilot an aircraft, you probably tell friends you have a pilot’s license. Right? Maybe.

What you have now is a pilot’s CERTIFICATEThe FAA issues LICENSES for commercial space transportation.

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NTSB wants your thoughts

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comments regarding its proposed changes to rules governing investigation procedures.

The agency proposes to organize its procedures into mode-specific subparts to make the rules easier to access and consult. It also wants to update some terms and procedures, including using the term “event” to describe mishaps, rather than incident or accident.

More information may be found here.

For sale: SAM Aircraft

LACHUTE, Quebec, Canada — Just a year and a half after the first flight of the prototype SAM aircraft, President Thierry Zibi has put the company up for sale.

Why, after so much work – design, fixturing, successful flight test, certification, and orders – would that be a good time to sell the company? Zibi says, “I came to the realization that I love designing airplanes, but I am not so keen on running a production company.”

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Applications now being accepted for helicopter scholarships

The Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) has long recognized the need for qualified commercial helicopter pilots and helicopter maintenance technicians — the current shortage is very real and many experienced pilots and maintenance technicians are nearing retirement age. HFI annually offers up to 19 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s vertical aviation industry.

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NAHA awards honor volunteers, partners

DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) named architect Steve Brown as the winner of the Ivonette Wright Miller Award at its 2014 annual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

NAHA also awarded its Wick Wright Award to the Dayton Foundation and its PROPS (Partner Recognition of Phenomenal Support) Award to Dayton History.

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National Aviation Heritage Invitation celebrates 16 years at Reno

RENO, Nevada — The most beautiful, pristine and historical aircraft have graced the east end of Reno-Stead Airport for the last 16 years as contestants in the annual National Aviation Heritage Invitational. The Invitational is held in conjunction every year with the National Championship Air Races.

The Invitational gives aircraft owners and restorers the opportunity to bring their skillfully restored aircraft to the high desert of northern Nevada and compete for the prestigious Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy.

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Crosswind students qualify for insurance credits

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Crosswind Concepts (CC) students who complete the Maximum Demonstrated Crosswind (MDC) training session now qualify for a 5% premium credit on aviation insurance policies under Avemco’s Safety Rewards Program, according to CC manager Taylor Albrecht.

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