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Torqued: Is expanding 'pilot's' Bill of Rights good idea?
According to author John Goglia: I have to admit that I got off to a bad start with the first Pilot's Bill of Rights when I found out just before it was signed into law by President [Barack] Obama that, contrary to its title, it didn't apply only to pilots but to all airmen certificate holders. This includes mechanics, aircraft dispatchers, air traffic controllers and others. What's the big deal, you ask?
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Addressing the media's unreasonable fear of flying
By Ryan Clark
USA Today recently ran a three-part series of articles that delved into the issue of general aviation safety. The author, Thomas Frank, claimed that general aviation is inherently dangerous and unnecessarily unsafe. Shortly thereafter, the general aviation community responded in fury, denouncing the article as sensationalism at best, and all-out fiction at worst. In the end, the incident only served to prove how the aviation community — whether pilot, manufacturer or mechanic — needs to unify and address the media's long-standing and unnecessary aviation phobia.
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Malabar International acquires DAE Industries
Aviation Pros
Malabar International — a major aircraft maintenance and ground support equipment manufacturer — announced that it has acquired DAE Industries. DAE is a manufacturer of engine stands and other ground support equipment, based in Louisville, Kentucky. John E. Carroll, Jr., Malabar Chairman and CEO, said, "Acquiring DAE boosts our capabilities domestically and internationally. We will now offer a broader array of products to the commercial and military aviation industries. This is an exciting expansion that strengthens Malabar's ability to serve its customers."
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Fleet sale for continental diesels
Continental Motors has announced a major fleet sale of its CD-135 diesel engine to a Spanish flight school. Aerodynamics Malaga S.L. will retrofit 16 Cessna 172s with the diesel and the first four are headed for the shop immediately. Two of the school's mechanics have been certified to look after the engines after attending a training course in Germany, and Aerodynamics will become a Continental service center for the diesels. Ken Suda, president of Continental Motors Germany, said the company is "proud" that a major school has opted for the diesel.
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Cessna's Independence plant sends 10,000th plane
The Associated Press via San Francisco Gate
Cessna Aircraft's Independence plant has delivered the 10,000th single-engine airplane built at the plant since the first delivery in June 1996. The company says the milestone plane, a Cessna Skyhawk, was delivered recently to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, along with two other Cessna Skyhawks. The Wichita Eagle reports that the airplane has a custom paint job noting the milestone.
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Team aims to fly 300 mph on batteries
Electroflight, a team of British glider builders, recently announced it has teamed up with Williams Advanced Engineering to build a single-seat airplane that will set a new speed record for electric aircraft of 300 mph. Team Electroflight has built a mock-up of its design, and said it will be powered by a "unique contra-rotating electric propulsion system." Williams is affiliated with the Williams Martini Formula One car-racing team, which is developing technology to compete in a new fully electric car-racing series, called Formula E, that is set to debut this month.
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Avfuel expands FBO network with Apex Aviation and Wells Aircraft
Aviation Pros
Avfuel Corporation continues to expand its branded FBO network with addition of Apex Aviation at Vernal Regional Airport in Utah and Wells Aircraft at Hutchinson Municipal Airport in Kansas. Both FBOs will have full access to Avfuel's training and operational systems — including fuel safety and customer service training, transaction processing systems, marketing programs and more — and will offer Avfuel Contract Fuel and AVTRIP loyalty rewards.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    AAR to build MRO facility at Chicago airport (The Chicago Tribune via Aviation Pros)
Algae-based biofuels a sustainable way to fly (The Age)
Diesel engines emerging as new tech for future of GA aircraft (PRNewswire via Aviation Pros)

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