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May 14, 2013

FAA Certifies DFC90 Autopilot In Beech Bonanza Series Aircraft

Installation Approved When Interfaced With Aspen Evolution PFD

The FAA has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to Avidyne for the installation of their DFC90 Digital Autopilot in Beechcraft Bonanza series aircraft when interfaced with the Evolution Pro Primary Flight Display (EFD1000 PFD) from Aspen Avionics. Avidyne previously certified the DFC90 with the Entegra PFD in the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 and with the Aspen PFD in Cessna 182 Skylane series aircraft.

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Control Tower For Sale On eBay

Has Been Refurbished Into A 'Man Cave' By Its Current Owner

You never know what you're going to find if you just browse the online auction site eBay. Take, for instance, a used air traffic control tower that is up for sale from its current owner for a minimum bid of $8,000. In the product description, the owner says that the tower, which is made largely of aluminum, was "originally installed at an airport."

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Around-The-World Pilot Forgot His Passport

Fortunately, It Was Found, And Jack Wiegand's Trip Can Continue

Maybe he should have included it on his checklist. Jack Wiegand, who is attempting to become the youngest pilot to circumnavigate the globe solo, landed in Canada Friday only to find that his passport was missing.

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Dude! Oregon Smokejumpers Get A Surprise On Landing

Find Themselves In An Illegal Pot Garden While Responding To A Fire

Smokejumpers responding to a small brush fire in southern Oregon got a bit of a surprise when they landed near the blaze. They found themselves in a pot garden being prepared for the coming growing season.

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Letter Groups, Elected Officials Welcome DOT Contract Tower Decision

Statements Released By NBAA, AOPA Leadership

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Friday's announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that 149 contract air traffic control (ATC) towers, slated for closure next month, will instead remain open throughout the federal government's 2013 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

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