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September 20, 2011

NBAA2011 Second-Day Session To Feature Aviation Luminaries, Leaders

Participants Include Harrison Ford, Randy Babbitt, Sean Tucker, Gene Cernan, Bob Hoover, Fig Newton

An all-star lineup of distinguished pilots representing the highest levels of professional achievement will be featured speakers at the second-day Opening Session of the 64th Annual Meeting & Convention of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA2011), when NBAA bestows its highest honor on aviation legend Clay Lacy.

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Sikorsky, Zhuhai Hold Ceremony For Helicopter Purchase

Rotorcraft Branch Of China Southern Airlines To Acquire Three Aircraft

Representatives of Sikorsky Aircraft and China Southern Airlines' Zhuhai Helicopter Branch company held a signing ceremony late last week at the first China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin for the purchase of two Sikorsky S-92 and one S-76 offshore utility helicopters by Zhuhai Helicopter. The new acquisitions are aimed at supporting the ever-expanding offshore oil operations in the South China Sea by Zhuhai's customers.

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Aero-TV: Redbird's XWind -- Revolutionizing Crosswind Training

Bringing A New Approach to The Age-Old Problem Of Teaching Crosswind Landings

In the decades (yeesh, I'm getting old) that I've been flying as a CFI, there are few skills more difficult to teach a new pilot than dealing with the vagaries of a crosswind approach. It's a tough skill to tutor because it takes so long to set up each landing and there are a myriad of tasks to accomplish during each takeoff and preparation for landing that the learning retention can often take a dive. In really good conditions, a clear pattern, no tower, and few distractions, you'd be lucky to get 5 or 6 landings in each hour... and that is IF you can find the right conditions to challenge your student.




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