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March 14, 2012

In This Issue
The Current
Save the Date
Regulatory Update
The Connection
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The Short 


AVIDYNE CORP. announced it has received EASA approval of the DFC90 and DFC100 digital autopilots for installation in European-registered Piper PA-46 Matrix and Mirage aircraft. Avidyne also received EASA approval for the new DFC90 Release 2 software upgrade.
The Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron is proud to announce that the world's only flyable Boeing B-29 Superfortress "FIFI" is going to visit Florida during the month of March. While in Florida "FIFI" will be visiting, Gainesville, Daytona, Titusville, Ft. Lauderdale, Punta Gorda, Lakeland and Tallahassee.
CONSTANT AVIATION LLC announced the expanded capabilities within its composite and accessory facility to offer an industry first complete Beechjet Thrust Reverser program. Capabilities will include full repair and overhaul along with free loaners and a complete exchange program with no over and above charges.
THE FLIGHTSTAR CORP. announced it has been named a factory authorized line maintenance facility for the Bombardier Learjet 40 and 45 series of aircraft. Flightstar joins a network of more than 50 Bombardier service facilities in 21 countries, consisting of factory authorized service facilities and line maintenance facilities catering to the service needs of Bombardier business aircraft.

PACIFIC SOUTHWEST INSTRUMENTS celebrated 30 years of serving aviation professionals worldwide. "Our company has a long and productive history, and I want to thank our employees, customers and vendors for the many positive relationships that continue to this day," said Jim Joubert, founder and CEO of PSI. 
WESTERN AIRCRAFT announced that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed bill H.417, which exempts sales tax on aircraft parts installed on out-of-state aircraft. Because of the emergency clause included in this legislation, this bill becomes law immediately. 


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General Aviation:

A State-by-State 

Economic Impact Survey 


The Alliance for Aviation Across America recently launched a wide-scale economic impact survey to outline the benefit of general aviation on businesses, local economies and communities around the nation. AEA Wired will highlight a different state each issue:




Airports: 120

Pilots: 7,327

Aircraft: 4,073

Jobs: 2,250

Econ. Impact: $127 Million

Per Capita: $481 


Note: According to Iowa State University, "Probably the most prolific aspect of our air system is the economic impact it provides."  


Source: Alliance for Aviation Across America



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Senators Tell White House to Ax User Fees Proposal

After nearly 200 members of Congress sent a signed letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday, March 1, expressing opposition to the president's proposed $100 per flight fee on commercial and general aviation in the 2013 budget proposal, 28 U.S. senators sent the same message to the White House on Monday, March 12. More...


FAA Announces Aerospace Forecast for Next Two Decades
The Federal Aviation Administration recently published an aerospace forecast for fiscal years 2012-2032. According to the report, the demand for general aviation products and services will continue to grow, particularly in new business jets and light sport aircraft.

The report also noted that the active general aviation fleet is projected to increase at an average annual rate of 0.6 percent over the 21-year forecast period. The forecast said that the more expensive and sophisticated turbine-powered fleet (including rotorcraft) is projected to grow at an average of 2.9 percent a year over the forecast period, with the turbine jet portion increasing at 4.0 percent a year.

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CASA Releases the Upgraded Advisory Circular AC 21-45(1) for ADS-B

This is the second issue of this AC and replaces AC 21-45(0) issued in April 2007. This AC is intended to define the airborne component of the 1090 Megahertz Extended Squitter Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) data link use in Australia, and provide guidance and advice for the airworthiness approval for the installation of the aircraft equipment proposed to support that use. More...

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