British pilots storm to a double victory in Red Bull Air Race

ASCOT (United Kingdom) — Britain’s Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb won first and second place at the Red Bull Air Race at the Ascot Racecourse on Sunday, Aug. 18.

It was the 15th career victory for Bonhomme and also his second win of the season, helping him cut the world championship lead of Hannes Arch from 13 to just two points. There are three races left in the eight-stop season.

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Eclipse layoffs workers

Eclipse Aerospace began laying off workers Friday, Aug. 15, at its Albuquerque production facility, service center and headquarters in response to lagging demand for its twin-engined very light jet, according to a report from the Albquerque Journal. Company official Ed Lundeen is quoted in the article, noting the layoffs were “strictly a function of the economy. Our reduction in workforce is the result of market conditions where general aviation has not recovered as quickly as other parts of the economy. To that effect, we have put in place a restructuring of our business to reduce costs but continue our operations.”

Eclipse CEO to speak at Atlanta Aero Club

Mason Holland, CEO & Chairman at Eclipse Aerospace, will be the featured guest speaker at the regular bi–monthly meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club Aug. 21.

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Montana governor declares August ‘GA Appreciation Month’

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has proclaimed August 2014 “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Montana, general aviation accounts for more than $117 million in economic activity annually.

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VFR into IMC kills one

Aircraft: Beechcraft Musketeer. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Dayton, Va. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: Before departing, the non-instrument-rated pilot obtained a weather briefing and was advised several times that VFR flight was not recommended due to existing and forecasted instrument meteorological conditions along his intended route of flight. He declined to file a flight plan and took off.

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Action, reaction, over-reaction

In the political arena opinions are rampant. Facts are often scarce, and statistics are often tweaked until reduced to little more than useless gibberish designed to support an otherwise unsupportable argument.

This is true in every town, every state, and every country. It’s a human trait, not a failing of the left or the right, the north or the south, the American or National league. It’s all of us. It’s you. It’s me.

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GA groups lobby for expedited review of medical reform

Seven influential general aviation organizations are asking the Department of Transportation to expedite a review of the FAA’s proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.

In an August 15 letter, the associations urged Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to complete its review of the FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) within the next 30 days and open the proposal for public comment.

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Build A Plane receives Crown Circle Award for Excellence in Aviation Education

The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) has awarded Build A Plane the Crown Circle Award as the 2014 inductee to the Crown Circle, which recognizes extraordinary accomplishments in leadership in Aerospace Education.

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Catholic Aviation Association launches flying club network

A new non-profit organization, The Catholic Aviation Association (CAA), whose motto is “Faith, Flying and Fellowship,” plans to establish a nationwide network of flying clubs, to be known as Cupertino Aviation Clubs.

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QUEENSVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA  — Canada’s single source web portal for all things related to flying safely recently celebrated the first anniversary of its launch. continues to grow with more new, purpose-developed material going online each quarter, according to officials. Additional videos — many of which have been designed in response to user request/input — are currently in development.

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