June 24, 2005
Volume 5, Issue 25 • June 24, 2005
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LIGHT-SPORT AIRPLANES VISIT AOPA HEADQUARTERS A new generation of aircraft from around the world converged on AOPA headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland on Monday during a special light-sport aircraft event. Airplanes made in Italy, Australia, the Czech Republic, and the United States lined AOPA's ramp. The event, organized in conjunction with the Light Sport Manufacturers Association, was designed to help AOPA staff members become better acquainted with this new category of aircraft. See photos of the airplanes and learn more about their flight characteristics on AOPA Online. HOW SAFE IS LEARNING TO FLY? Student pilots-and their instructors-are actually less likely to have a fatal accident than already-certificated pilots, according to a new study by the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. Flight Instruction Safety: An In-Depth Look at Instructional Accidents also identifies the four phases of instructional flight most likely to result in accidents. Flight training accounts for 22 percent of flying but is only responsible for 13 percent of the accidents. While it's no surprise, most of the accidents occurred during the takeoff and landing phases of flight. The report covers both dual and solo flight. Download the document from the AOPA Online Safety Center. AN ADDED INCENTIVE TO RENEW YOUR CFI CERTIFICATE Renew your pilot certificate in July or August and receive a free Maneuvering Flight-Hazardous to Your Health? DVD valued at $19.95 from the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. This is for in-person Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic (FIRC) attendees only. See AOPA Online for complete FIRC information. HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR AOPA MEMBER PROFILE? To make the most of your membership and allow us to serve you better, please visit AOPA Online and update your personal member profile.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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