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More Piper Seminoles For ATP

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Aircraft has sold six Piper Seminole multi-engine aircraft to Airline Transport Professionals (ATP), for airline pilot training. The airplanes will be delivered to ATP in 2010. “The Piper Seminole has proven itself in hundreds of thousands of hours of flight-school training around the world,” says Piper Executive Vice President Randy Groom. ATP Vice President of Flight Operations Jim Koziarski says, “Our fleet purchase will help us meet increasing demand for Mountain State University’s ATP Pilot Operations degree program, for which ATP provides all the flight training.”

The program offers an aviation bachelor’s degree program with online coursework that’s integrated with a standardized flight-training curriculum available nationwide. Designed for future professional pilots, MSU and ATP students build over 100 hours of multi-engine Piper Seminole flight experience in a coast-to-coast, airline-style environment. With the purchase, ATP will operate 87 Piper Seminoles in its training fleet. The company also operates 50 Cessna 172s, five Diamond DA40s and a Citation jet. Visit and

Lightspeed Foundation Grants

Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has announced the recipients of the first five of their $10,000 grants. They’re Angel Flight Southeast, the Civil Air Patrol, JAARS, Mission Aviation Fellowship and the Ninety-Nines. Allan Schrader, president of the foundation, stated: “All of those that were nominated are already doing ‘good’ for aviation. We want to come alongside to help build awareness and increase funding opportunities. And we want to mobilize the pilot community to learn more about them and get involved.” Visit

Husky Cargo Pod

Aviat Aircraft is offering Husky owners a new option to enhance the utility of the aircraft: an Airglas Cargo Pod. The fiberglass pod, which measures 70 inches long, 24 inches wide and is 13 inches deep, weighs only 25 pounds and can carry 170 pounds. The pod is STC’d to retrofit all models of the Husky. Initial installation could take up to two hours; thereafter it can be installed or removed in about 10 minutes. The pod, priced at $3,500, will fit a Husky with wheels, skis or floats. Visit

Ice Protection for Kodiak

Quest Aircraft Company received final approval from the FAA for the Kodiak’s Ice Protection System. The TKS system, manufactured by CAV Aerospace, has been installed on three Kodiaks so far. “Since receiving our type certification in 2007, we’ve continued to work on enhancements and improvements to the Kodiak,” stated Paul Schaller, Quest Aircraft President. “Ice protection is an option that many of our customers have been looking forward to having available to them, and we are very pleased that the system is now certified, especially as we move into the winter flying months.” Visit

Bahamas Challenge

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has partnered with in a promotion designed to encourage general aviation travel throughout the Bahamas. The promotion challenges participants to visit all 20 Bahamian Airports of Entry during the 2011 calendar year. Each participant is given a promotional passport book upon registration. Visits to the different Airports of Entry are validated by Bahamas Immigration and/or Customs officials who will stamp the promotional passport books. Visit


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