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October 25, 2012 - 9:50am
Paul Lowe

It was on a severe clear flight from Philadelphia to an island in Long Island Sound just off the Connecticut coast in the early 1970s that retiring National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president and CEO Jim Coyne got hooked on general aviation.

Coyne, his new wife Holly and a friend had chartered the single-engine, four-seat Grumman American for the trip that took them over New York City to the tiny airstrip on Fisher’s Island. Then and there the Coynes decided to become pilots. Soon they were renting airplanes and eventually bought an old Piper Arrow.

October 25, 2012 - 9:43am
Mark Huber
FlightSafety International classroom

FlightSafety International is revamping its classroom curricula to be more participatory and less pedagogical. The company says students learn more and faster by doing as opposed to listening to a traditional lecture. The theory is not new, but its application to typical ground school instruction, combined with high-tech training devices, is. “It’s a new approach to the way we deliver training,” said Greg McGowan, FlightSafety International (FSI) senior vice president of operations.

October 25, 2012 - 9:25am
Chad Trautvetter
Piper aircraft on NBAA static display

The second outdoor static display that was “just a few steps away from the convention center” at last year’s NBAA Convention in Las Vegas was so enthusiastically received by both exhibitors and attendees that the association decided to do it at this year’s show. According to NBAA static display director Joe Hart, the additional static area at this year’s show encompasses up to 50,000 sq ft in a parking lot adjacent to the North Hall at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.

October 25, 2012 - 9:15am
Dale Smith
Showalter Orlando construction

No doubt there are countless reasons that make this year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando a “don’t miss” event, but for most of us, the highlight this, and every year, is the rampful of aircraft on static display. And it takes countless hours of planning and coordination and a team of nearly 100 professionals to arrange that.

October 25, 2012 - 9:15am
Matt Thurber

If you run into a show-goer who is too busy poking at his or her smartphone instead of navigating the crowded NBAA’12 aisles here in Orlando, it might not be ordinary texting, emailing or web-surfing that has so tautly engaged their attention. Rather, these smartphone-addicted denizens are probably looking for a booth location or updating their show schedules, using the free NBAA’12 mobile device app.

October 25, 2012 - 9:15am
Harry Weisberger
Trade-A-Plane first issue

In 1935, when Cosby Harrison crashed his airplane in stormy weather he could not have realized the lasting impact of his adventure. His slight misfortune would give rise to a shoestring operation that would become a great entrepreneurial success–and play a significant role in aviation history. (Excerpt from the history of Trade-A-Plane.)

October 25, 2012 - 9:12am
Paul Lowe

In responses to an article published in the September 20 issue of AINalerts, AIN readers posted comments about user fees on

•Working in the aviation industry for over 40 years, of which 25 were with the state of Michigan’s Bureau of Aeronautics, I had many occasions to deal with public and privately owned airports and corporate flight operations.

October 25, 2012 - 9:10am
Dale Smith
Sheltair Aviation Services at Orlando Executive Airport

No matter how many times you’ve done it, preparing for something as large and as busy as the influx of aircraft at an NBAA Convention takes a lot of planning and coordination.

October 25, 2012 - 9:09am
Robert P. Mark
Aviation Performance Solutions

The International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (Icatee) published an article this summer in the ICAO Training Report that said, “The number-one cause of commercial jet transport fatalities…[is] loss-of-control-in-flight (LOC-I).” Icatee chairman Sunjoo Advani said, “[The problem] cannot be simply solved through technology or through current pilot training paradigms.” Coincidentally, Boeing’s statistical summary of commercial jet airplane accidents worldwide operations 1959–2011 showed more fatalities caused by LOC-I accidents than by any other.

October 25, 2012 - 9:07am
Paul Lowe

Three grassroots general aviation business owners told Congress last month that user fees in any form would be “devastating” to the general aviation community. At a hearing called by the House Small Business Committee, the trio blasted President Obama’s call for a $100 per-flight fee for turbine-powered fixed-wing aircraft.

“The costs associated with user fees far outweigh any benefit to deficit reduction,” said National Air Transportation Association (NATA) treasurer Marian Epps, whose family operates Epps Aviation in Atlanta.