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Nov142014

NBAA's 2014 Convention Wraps Up as a Highly Successful Show

By NBAA Staff

The National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 2014 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) concluded on Oct. 23 in Orlando, Fla., and the event organizers report that, by all indications, the show was a success for attendees and exhibitors alike. 

“This year’s show was an enormous success, filled with announcements and product introductions,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “The exhibit floor and aircraft displays had lots of activity and excitement. The education sessions were informative and well attended. The event once again showcased the industry’s size, diversity and significance. Perhaps most important, the show provided many reminders that ours is an industry characterized by passion and professionalism.”

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Friday
Nov142014

Britain's Nigel Lamb Wins a Dramatic Red Bull Air Race World Championship Showdown, Beating Hannes Arch of Austria and Britain's Paul Bonhomme in Season Finale

Britain’s Nigel Lamb won the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship this month with a dramatic victory under pressure at the season finale in Spielberg, Austria. Lamb’s second place finish after secured him the championship after Austria’s Hannes Arch ended up a disappointing fourth place in a nail-biting final in front of a sell-out crowd of 35,000 spectators.

France’s Nicolas Ivanoff won the race in the Austrian Alps for his second victory this season, but the nine points that Lamb won were enough to stave off a powerful challenge from local hero, Arch, and keep the British pilot in first place with a grand total of 62 points from the eight-race world championship. Arch, who could have won the World Championship with a victory in the final, ended up nine points behind Lamb and second overall for the third straight time in the world’s fastest motorsport series after being the runner-up to Paul Bonhomme of Britain in 2009 and 2010.

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Friday
Nov142014

Embry-Riddle Worldwide Hosted a Small UAS Challenge at Wings Over Houston in November

Enthusiasts of small, unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) had a chance to demonstrate their aircraft and skills during a Small UAS Challenge in Houston Nov. 1 and 2.

Sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, the competition was free and open to private, academic and commercial participants. This indoor challenge featured an obstacle course (emphasizing agility and maneuverability), dead lift (lifting ability) and time trial (speed over a closed course). Eligible aircraft, which could be no larger than 36 inches and 10 pounds, required a vertical takeoff and landing.

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Friday
Nov142014

AOPA Announces 2014 Flight Training Excellence Award Winners

 The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.

AOPA has recognized Paragon Flight of Fort Meyers, Fla. as the 2014 Best Flight School and Spencer Watson of Manassas, Va. as the 2014 Best Flight Instructor. Ten additional flight schools and 10 instructors were named “Outstanding” by AOPA as a result of the poll results.  

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Friday
Nov142014

NATA Requests Exemption of Landing Fees for Based Aircraft at MacArthur Airport

On October 10, National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks wrote to the Town of Islip, N.Y., requesting it drop recently imposed landing fees on based aircraft at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP). The Town of Islip imposed landing fees on all aircraft effective Sept. 1, 2014, and for the first time made them applicable to based aircraft. In addition, the new fee schedule established even higher rates for night landings.

NATA represents a broad array of aviation service business essential to a vibrant general aviation sector, including companies located at ISP. 

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