On choices, options, and being a cheapskate

News flash: I have just finished eating a $16 bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. That’s nothing. Last night I feasted on a $25 hamburger. Neither meal was unique, memorable, or impressive in any way other than the price.

I feel an analogy coming on.

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Flying classroom prepares for takeoff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Barrington Irving will launch the Flying Classroom, an interactive STEM learning adventure spanning three continents, from Reagan Washington National Airport on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Irving, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who holds the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to fly solo around the world, will pilot Inspiration III, a business jet provided by Executive Air Services in Miami. Irving and his crew will visit North America, Asia, Indonesia, and Australia, exploring real life applications of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, history, geography and humanities (STEM+) through 16 ground, air, and sea expeditions.

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New Mexico governor declares September Aviation Appreciation Month

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has declared September “New Mexico Aviation Appreciation Month.” In New Mexico, general aviation accounts for more than $761 million in economic activity annually. To view the proclamation, click here.

Public Benefit Flying Award recipients named

The National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations, has revealed the recipients of the 2014 Public Benefit Flying Awards.

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Garmin AOA gets FAA nod

Garmin’s Angle of Attack (AOA) system has been approved by the FAA for installation in a wide variety of general aviation aircraft. The entire system is comprised of the GI 260 AOA indicator, GAP 26 angle of attack probe and GSU 25 air data computer, which combine to display AOA and audible alerts throughout critical phases of flight.

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Aspen Avionics receives FAA OK for glass panel for VFR pilots

Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the Evolution Flight Display system, has received FAA certification for its Evolution VFR PFD, a glass panel display designed specifically for pilots flying in the Visual Flight Rules (VFR) environment. Deliveries begin this month.

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Hartzell names Palm Beach Aircraft Propeller recommended service facility

Hartzell Propeller has appointed Palm Beach Aircraft Propeller at Palm Beach County Airport (KLNA), in West Palm Beach, Fla., as a Recommended Service Facility.

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Hard landing for Cessna

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

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during touch and go practice on a training flight.

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Triple Tree: The fly-in upgraded

By JONI M. FISHER

Aside from the 7,000-foot long, 400-foot wide pristine grass runway, the manned control tower, the granite countertops in the restrooms, and the hospitality of more than 80 volunteers, this year’s Triple Tree Fly-In, held Sept. 3-7 in Woodruff, South Carolina, offered even more upgrades.

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‘Every flight is a pinnacle’

By JONI M. FISHER

The hardest part of flying the P-51 for 91-year-old retired endodontist John D. Hartness of Rocky Mountain, North Carolina, was climbing into the plane. He rented time in the P-51, owned by the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), at the Annual Triple Tree Fly-In at the Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina.

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