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New Zeppelin Airships For Goodyear

Goodyear is working with German manufacturer ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik to build three new blimps beginning in 2013. The airships will be built by Zeppelin and Goodyear teams at Goodyear's airship hangar near Akron, Ohio, and the first new blimp will go into operation in 2014. These airships will be longer, will fly faster and will have more gondola seats than those they'll be replacing. "An event isn't considered truly special unless the Goodyear blimp is there to provide aerial coverage," said Richard J. Kramer, Goodyear chairman, CEO and president. "I am pleased this investment will ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to experience the joy of seeing the Goodyear blimp grace the skies."

Jeppesen Approval

Jeppesen has been formally approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue Form I-20 documentation for training students, the first step required for obtaining a student visa for non-U.S. residents interested in participating in Jeppesen's FAA dispatcher- certification training program.

For corporate flight departments, airline operation centers and other aviation professionals that require essential FAA dispatcher-certification training, this student- visa designation helps to simplify the often complex visa acquisition process. Previously, Jeppesen training participants were limited to apply for a business visa, a process that frequently results in a denial of the application. Visit

NAFCO Financing For Lancair

Lancair announced that, in conjunction with National Aircraft Finance Company (NAFCO), they're now able to offer financing for their Evolution Turboprop kit. The Evolution kits, as well as new Pratt and Whitney engines, are eligible for 70% financing under the program. A minimum of 30% down will be required on two-year loans, with 15-year amortization at 8%. When the Evolution is completed and the Airworthiness Certificate is issued, the loans may be converted to a 12-year fixed 5.8% loan. Visit and

Going Green

US Aviation Services has upgraded to "green" technology, utilizing renewable energy in the form of solar panels on top of two large maintenance buildings. On sunny days, the panels will produce 14 kW of electrical energy, or about half of the daily requirements of the hangars. Visit

Cirrus Cleared

After a four-week trial and a short period of deliberation, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that Cirrus Design's SR20 aircraft didn't cause the 2006 fatal accident that claimed the lives of New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and certified flight instructor Tyler Stanger. "Our hearts are with the Lidle and Stanger families who are still grieving," said Bill King, Cirrus' Vice President of Business Administration. "We're gratified that the jury reached a decision that confirmed what the National Transportation Safety Board found, and what we have always believed: The SR20 did not cause this accident." Visit

New Piper Service Centers

Piper Aircraft has approved the appointment of four new service centers for the Southern California region. The joint announcement was made in conjunction with Cutter Piper Sales, the authorized dealer for Piper Aircraft for Southern California and Hawaii. The following companies have been designated Piper Aircraft Authorized Service Centers: Jet Source at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif.; American Aircraft Maintenance at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif.; Mather Aviation at Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, Calif.; Loyd's Aircraft Maintenance at Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield, Calif. Visit

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