SAFE elects new board members

Aviation educator Dr. Donna Wilt was elected chair of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) Board of Directors July 31 at the group’s annual membership meeting at AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She replaces current Chair John Dorcey.

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Embry-Riddle introduces Ph.D. in Human Factors

Embry-Riddle has won approval of its new Ph.D. in Human Factors degree program, as well as an accompanying advancement to the highest level of accreditation – Institutions that Offer Four or More Doctorates – in a decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC),the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. Embry-Riddle’s other doctoral programs are in Aviation, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Physics and Mechanical Engineering.

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Planning underway for Copperstate Fly-In

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Preparations have begun for the 42nd annual COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo scheduled Oct. 23-25 at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ).

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Avfuel expands FBO network

Avfuel continues to expand its branded FBO network with the addition of Apex Aviation at Vernal Regional Airport (VEL) in Utah and Wells Aircraft at Hutchinson Municipal Airport (HUT) in Kansas.

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Poor maintenance, poor decisions kill pilot

Aircraft:  Piper Twin Comanche.  Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Canton, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The 74-year-old pilot’s logbook was destroyed in a hangar fire in 2011, but remaining records indicated that he had about 6,459 total flight hours and 809 multi-engine hours.

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Ask Paul: The oil filter debate continues

In the July 5 print issue of General Aviation News, reader Dennis Reiley offered his thoughts in Letters to the Editor about my column, “Does my engine need an oil filter?”

Here’s a bit of what he had to say: “I have to disagree with Paul. Every internal combustion engine needs an oil filter — even those that have frequent oil changes. An oil filter can mean the difference between getting to your destination safely and experiencing a catastrophic engine failure.”

First, I wouldn’t say Dennis is disagreeing with me, because I understand exactly where he’s coming from. Besides that, I agree with him, but there are other factors that come into play as to whether an engine is equipped with a full flow oil filter or not.
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Florida resident launches Naval career at Stallion 51

Stallion 51’s Mustang assistant crew chief Kris Riel was recently sworn into the US Navy by AvDoc 51’s Dr. W.T. Busch. Dr. Busch is a retired Navy captain who was a Naval Aviator and flight surgeon from 1976 through 2005 before joining Stallion 51 as Senior FAA Medical Examiner.

Kris will continue on at Stallion 51 until he reports to Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., on Oct. 12 for his 12-week training program before reporting to Pensacola Naval Air Station for flight training.

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Wausau mayor declares ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’

Mayor James Tipple of Wausau, Wisconsin, has proclaimed August “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Wisconsin, general aviation contributes over $694 million annually to the state’s economy. To view the proclamation, click here.

Fuel sales up 10% at DuPage Airport

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. – Sales of Jet A fuel at DuPage Airport in the first half of the year was up over 10% from 2013, the West Chicago-based general aviation facility reports.

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Mooney partners with Redbird Flight Simulator

Mooney has partnered with Redbird Flight Simulations, buying three full motion Redbird FMX simulators.

One will be at the company’s headquarters in Kerrville, Texas, another in Chino, Calif., at the company’s global headquarters; and the third in Beijing, China, in an office set to open later this summer.

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