Young pilot named finalist in Entrepreneur contest

At just 19, John Hill already has three years under his belt working the front desk at an FBO. A passionate pilot — he earned his ticket at age 17 — Hill divides his time between his work at ProJet Aviation, the FBO at Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO) in Virginia, and his studies at George Mason University.

Oh, and he’s busy developing an app called EasyFBO to make life easier for both pilots and FBO employees. And, oh yeah, the idea for that app earned him a spot as one of five college finalists in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2014 contest. His idea is the only one related to general aviation.

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Wipaire receives first helicopter approval

Wipaire has received approval for the installation of single-point fuel in the Airbus Puma 330 series helicopter.  Previously approved on fixed-wing aircraft such as the Cessna Caravan series and the Quest KODIAK, the Puma 330 is the first rotary wing application of the Wipaire single-point fuel system, and the first Part 29 certification Wipaire has received.

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Hartzell Propeller to supply props for Piaggio Avanti EVO

Hartzell Propeller will supply new advanced lightweight propellers to Piaggio Aero Industries for its third generation twin-engine Avanti EVO.

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Women in Aviation expands youth outreach

Women in Aviation, International (WAI) has announced that the association’s “Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day” held for the past three years during WAI’s annual conference has been expanded to include an international day to attract girls to aviation planned for Sept. 26, 2015.

Now called Girls in Aviation Day, the program will occur both during WAI’s annual Conference in March, as well as a full day where WAI chapters commit to a local program for the girls in their area in September.

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CTI Professional Flight Training adds sim

MILLINGTON, Tenn. — CTI Professional Flight Training has acquired a new flight simulator equipped with three-dimensional motion, accurate cockpit panel, and realistic control stick loading. CTI Professional Flight Training’s students will use the flight simulator to experience a lifelike flight mission while safely on the ground. The flight simulator is the Redbird FMX Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD), manufactured by Redbird Flight Simulations.

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Master Lock aviation safety products now available

Peerless Electronics is now distributing the full line of Master Lock Aviation Safety Products. The new featured products are aircraft circuit breaker lockout/tagouts.

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Professional Aviation Associates expands hose shop

ATLANTA – Professional Aviation Associates reports that its Parker Hannifin Stratoflex hose shop recently received recertification and has increased in size and capabilities.

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CFI turns fuel off in flight

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Bardstown, Ky. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The CFI and student pilot had practiced various maneuvers during the training flight and were returning to the airport. The airplane was about 2,500 feet AGL and within gliding distance of the airport when the flight instructor turned the fuel selector to the “OFF” position so the student pilot could practice engine failure procedures.

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Video: Jamie Beckett’s Ice Bucket Challenge

As always, our Politics for Pilots columnist looks at things just a bit differently…Here’s his take on the challenge:

AOPA’s Bruce Landsberg to retire

One of general aviation’s most prominent safety advocates has announced his retirement after 22 years in leadership roles at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). As president of the AOPA Foundation and executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Institute, Bruce Landsberg has led the association’s fundraising, charitable, and safety efforts for more than two decades. He will continue to serve in an advisory capacity.

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