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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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Tecnam P2006T FAA Certified!

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On November 10, the FAA certified the Tecnam P2006T, a four-seat piston twin aircraft. “We see the Tecnam P2006T next-generation twin as a real game changer,’’ said Phil Solomon, CEO of Tecnam North America. “With eight dealers in place throughout the USA and other applications in process, the achievement of full FAA certification allows us to deliver a twin airplane for the price of a high-performance single! Next stop, Canadian certification.” Visit

Russia Data For Jeppesen

Jeppesen and the Russian Ministry of Transportation have agreed to a new contract that supplies Jeppesen with access to Russian domestic airport data. As Jeppesen had previously been granted access to Russian domestic-airway-system data, the agreement increases Jeppesen navigation and operations solutions available for Russian operators. Jeppesen’s databases will contain all Russian airways and international/domestic airport and runway data. Domestic Russian approach, arrival and departure procedures will soon be added. Visit

Thunder Mustang

The Thunder Builders Group announced an agreement with Dean Holt Construction of Mount Vernon, Wash., to buy the Thunder Mustang molds and intellectual property. Production of the P51 replica kit will begin shortly. The Thunder Builders Group was formed to assure members the delivery of all the parts necessary to complete their kits after Papa 51 Ltd. ran into financial trouble in 1999. Once this goal was accomplished, the focus was to preserve the assets required to see this authentic P-51D replica go back into production. Thunder Mustangs have regularly competed at the Reno Air Races over the past 10 years. Visit

American Flyers

American Flyers has opened a new branch office in Wheeling, Ill., on the west side of Chicago Executive Airport. The school features 1,300 square feet of classrooms, testing facilities and flight training devices. American Flyers’ founder Don Harrington remarked: “This is an exciting venture. We look forward to providing a convenient and professional environment for Chicago-area pilots to pursue their aviation education.” Visit

MSU & ATP Offer Degree

Mountain State University (MSU) and Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) announced a new bachelor’s degree option: the Bachelor of Science in Airline Transport Professional Pilot Operations. With flight training conducted by ATP, the new degree program will provide students with access to a highly focused professional pilot degree with extensive multi-engine flight training and nationwide airline job placement opportunities. The program allows students to complete flight training at any of ATP’s 22 locatins across the country while attending classes through MSU. Visit and

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