What do we want?

There’s a great scene in the movie, “Field of Dreams,” that sticks in my head. Kevin Costner’s character has taken the character played by James Earl Jones to a baseball game. Kevin plays an innocent who has an unlikely story to tell and a major favor to ask. Jones, on the other hand ,plays a legendary writer who no longer publishes and has become something of a recluse. Their relationship is tenuous at best, showing signs of strain from their very first meeting. It remains tense throughout their early interactions.

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First UAS test site operational

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA announced today that the first of six test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research is operational more than two-and-a-half months ahead of schedule.

The FAA today granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. The team plans to begin flight operations during the week of May 5.

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Wisconsin passes aviation-friendly law

MADISON, Wis. — It took two years, but thanks to the leadership of the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) and the efforts of several supporters, Wisconsin’s Recreational Use Statute (RUS) has been amended to include noncommercial aviation.

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AirVenture NOTAM now available

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 62nd annual fly-in convention July 28-Aug. 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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Fighter pilot Brian Shul to speak at 2014 Aviation Summit in Palm Springs

Former United States Air Force fighter pilot Major Brian Shul will be one of the keynote speakers for this year’s 2014 Aviation Summit, set for Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Palm Springs.

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Desser introduces new line of backcountry tires

Desser Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced its new line of backcountry Tundra tires. The first iteration in a series of new tire releases is the Aero Classic LSA/Experimental 8.50-6 4 ply rating smooth tire.

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Finalists for Name The Blimp contest revealed

AKRON, Ohio — After receiving nearly 15,000 submissions for its national “Name the Blimp” contest, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has selected 10 finalist names for its newest blimp.

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SAFE wins Wolf grant

Aviation safety outreach by the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) was strengthened last week with a generous grant from the Wolf Aviation Fund to continue and expand SAFE – The Magazine, the society’s quarterly e-magazine.

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Patty Wagstaff to appear at Build A Plane’s Teachers’ Day

Three-time national aerobatic champion and International Aerospace Hall of Famer Patty Wagstaff will speak at Build A Plane’s 2014 Teachers’ Day on Tuesday, July 29, at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.

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South Dakota CAP Wing to undergo evaluation

Beginning today, the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol was placed on alert to commence a week-long emergency services exercise. Every two years the U.S. Air Force evaluates the capability and effectiveness of each wing’s personnel, equipment, vehicles and aircraft to successfully carry out assigned missions such as air and ground search and rescue and homeland security operations.

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