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Sport Pilots In The Bahamas!

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The Bahamas has changed its rules to allow U.S.-based sport pilots to operate in its airspace. This makes the Bahamas the first country other than the U.S. to accept a U.S. driver’s license in lieu of a medical certificate to fly as a sport pilot internationally. “We’re always looking for ways to expand the tourism base and attract people who can help enrich our economy,” said Charles Albury, Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. “We felt this was another area to expand because of the growth of sport pilots in the United States.”

Syn Vis For Beech
Hawker Beechcraft announced that Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology will be included as standard equipment on its Beechcraft Baron and Bonanza aircraft. The upgraded offerings will be introduced on production aircraft beginning in August. Additional equipment added to the Baron and Bonanza standard equipment list includes the GTS 820 Traffic Advisory System, the GTX 33ES Mode-S transponder with ADS-B-out functionality and an upgraded GDU 104x Multifunction Display. Visit

Lindbergh Foundation
Air show performer Sean D. Tucker and aircraft collector Kermit Weeks have joined the board of The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation to further its long-standing efforts to better the environment. “It is a special honor to have individuals with this level of creativity and commitment join with the rest of us on the Lindbergh board at this time of unusual opportunity,” said Lindbergh Chairman and CEO Larry Williams.

Electric Skyhawk
Cessna is collaborating with Bye Energy, an integrator of clean, alternative energy technologies for business and general aviation aircraft, to develop an electric propulsion system for a Cessna 172 proof-of-concept (POC) aircraft. Cessna Chairman Jack Pelton said, “As we look at the landscape of alternative fuels for general aviation aircraft, the electric power plant offers significant benefits, but there are significant challenges to get there. We believe Bye Energy has gotten off to a good start in understanding those challenges and how to overcome them.” The first flight of the electric-powered Cessna 172 Skyhawk POC is expected to take place by year-end. Visit

Cobalt In U.S.
Cobalt Aircraft in France has announced that it will create a U.S. corporation in San Francisco for development, certification and production of its Co50 high-performance canard pusher aircraft. U.S. branch activities will entail engineering, production and assembly, marketing and sales, and customer support for the American markets. David Loury, founder and CEO, said, “While a final assembly site is still under negotiation, the American activities of the company will be directed from these U.S. headquarters. We felt that we needed a creative, stimulating environment and to get closer to our customer base.” Visit


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