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Sully & Skiles To Lead Young Eagles
The EAA has announced that Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, known for their emergency landing in the Hudson River, are the new co-chairmen of the EAA Young Eagles. EAA member, pilot and actor Harrison Ford, who served for five years as chairman of this program, introduced his replacements at a September 29 ceremony at Santa Monica Airport. “I didn’t come to aviation until late in my life,” said Ford. “In a way, aviation helped me reinvent my life. The most important thing I’ve done, to this point, is to work with the EAA and the Young Eagles program.” EAA President Tom Poberezny added, “Sully and Jeff are ideal candidates not only because of the skill they demonstrated on that fateful day in January, but also, and perhaps more significantly, because of the leadership they’ve shown since that time.” Visit

New Finance Options From Cessna
Cessna Finance Corporation (CFC) has initiated a new finance program with lower rates for Cessna propeller aircraft bought in 2009. “Many people are ready to buy a new aircraft but are unsure about where to finance the purchase, so CFC initiated this program to ease their concern with a smoother process and lower rates,” said John Doman, VP of worldwide propeller aircraft sales. “And since many of these aircraft are used for business, they may also qualify in the United States for accelerated depreciation, an option of the 2009 federal stimulus package that’s set to expire this year.” Visit

Avemco & Forbes
Forbes magazine has named HCC Insurance Holdings, the parent company of Avemco Insurance Company, as a global high performer for 2009. This recognition joins Avemco’s prestigious selection this past spring by the A.M. Best Company into the Anniversary BestMark Program, which distinguishes insurance companies with at least a 25-year history of being rated “A” or higher. Visit

SkyCatcher Flies In China
The first production Model 162 SkyCatcher flew on September 17 at the Shenyang Aircraft Company factory in northeast China. The two-place, 100 hp LSA performed a number of handling quality tests during the flight. Following shipment to the U.S., the 162s will be reassembled for delivery. Cessna has received more than 1,000 orders. Visit


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