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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aircraft News North America) May 29, 2011

Pilot not passenger: William A. Cook Aircraft were vital tools for the success of Bill Cook's business. An aviation culture was evident at Cook Group; sales representatives were provided with piston engine machines to service their territories. He understood and supported the principles embodied in the GA Serves America campaign, acutely aware that the freedom to fly is a privilege that must not be eroded. Cook died last month at the age of 80. May 27, 2011

Talk up flying to younger generation Nonpilots should be drawn carefully into conversation about flying, writes a blogger for the Flight Monkeys website. Concentrating on the younger generation, such as cadets in the Civil Air Patrol, can also yield better results. "These clusters of sharp, interested kids may have a sincere interest in hosting a real live pilot to come in to talk about careers in aviation, or even aviation as a hobby," writes the blogger. May 26, 2011

Pilot completes home-built plane after 9 years Pilot Dan Reeves has completed a home-built plane he started nine years ago. He built the two-seater Van's RV-7A airplane in the basement of his home in Lower Allen Township, Pa. "Sometimes I thought I'd never finish this thing, but I had so much encouragement from friends and family," he said. May 26, 2011

California flight-school bill moves forward The California Senate passed a bill May 23 that would exempt flight instructors and flight schools that meet certain criteria from provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 May 26, 2011

Meteorologists say flight-disrupting ash clouds to disappear Airlines are expected to be able to return to normal services soon as meteorologists expect the ash clouds from the Icelandic volcano to disappear. "There were very few eruptions by the volcano over the last six to 12 hours so the volcano is in a reasonably calm state at the moment," said Brian Flynn, head of network operations for Eurocontrol, which controls air traffic in the region. Several airports in Germany closed this morning because of the ash cloud. May 25, 2011

Airlines refresh fleets as air travel demand rises Airlines know that their appearance, including the look of the exterior of their aircraft, is important. Some airlines delayed cosmetic work on the planes during the economic downturn, but they are now striving to catch up. Aircraft maintenance providers have noted a rebound in demand for painting services, some of which is also fueled by merger activity. May 25, 2011

NTSB is unable to determine cause of Stevens accident The National Transportation Safety Board was unable to determine the cause of an airplane accident that killed Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in August. "We just didn't have enough weight behind any of the possible scenarios to draw a conclusion," said NTSB Chairwoman Deborah A.P. Hersman May 25, 2011

Airlines consider selling amenity kits to economy passengers Airlines use amenity kits to demonstrate their regard for their top customers, but some carriers are now considering selling the kits to their passengers in economy class. "The airlines are very interested in co-branding and revenue sharing," said Anita Gittelson, executive vice president for product development and branding at Wessco International. "We're trying to look for ways to give coach class an opportunity to purchase for very little money what business and first class gets for free." May 25, 2011

Volcanic eruption prompts more flight cancellations An ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano has caused numerous flight cancellations in Iceland and beyond. Continental Airlines, EasyJet, British Airways and other airlines are canceling flights to and from Scotland. Some airlines are arguing that regulators are being overly cautious in closing some airspace. May 24, 2011

FAA wants Boeing 757 operators to perform corrective actions The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed that operators of Boeing 757s prevent possible roll axis motions by performing corrective actions within the next five years. "We have received numerous reports of Boeing 757 events where flight crews experienced unintended lateral oscillations during final approach, just before landing," the FAA said in a notice of proposed rule-making. "One event resulted in a nose gear collapse after a hard landing and another event resulted in a tail strike during a landing that was aborted because of the oscillations." May 24, 2011

Algae-derived fuels could be 10 years away from market, expert says Algae-based fuels could become commercially available 10 years from now, said Stephen Mayfield, director of the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology. "The country that controls energy controls the world. If we cannot find a domestic source for energy to power this country, we will be in a serious problem [with] economic problems in the next 10 to 20 years," Mayfield said. May 24, 2011

Medical assistance calls met by companies such as MedAire Airlines tend to deal with in-flight medical emergencies by calling on doctors who happen to be on the plane, and through companies such as MedAire, which provides airline crew members with medical advice from physicians. Doctors that answer the call on-board have some backup because all U.S. airlines carry emergency medical kits and automated external defibrillators. Flight attendants are also given CPR training. May 24, 2011

Colorado community college offers aviation program Aims Community College in Greeley, Colo., offers an aviation program based at Greeley-Weld County Airport. Students can graduate with a two-year degree in air-traffic control or as a general aviation pilot, among other options. "It's a good time to be training to be a pilot," said program director Vaughn Hanson May 24, 2011

Kentucky high school offers aviation academy South Warren High School in Bowling Green, Ky., offers an aviation academy, one of 12 aviation programs in the state. "Learning how to fly will further your career if you're into aviation," said Chris McAskill, 15. Students have visited Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport to hear from local pilots about aviation. May 24, 2011

80-year-old achieves second solo flight John Scroggs, a resident of Conyers, Ga., completed his second solo flight at 80, after flying his first solo flight when he was 18. He gave up flying in the 1960s at his wife's request. "It's never too late to chase your dreams if you're physically and mentally able to do so," he said. "I'm 80 years old. I'm really healthy and active. I play golf and sing with the Covington-Conyers Choral Guild May 23, 2011

Wisconsin club invites aviation enthusiasts to join A chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., invites people interested in aviation to attend meetings. "You don't have to have an airplane -- you just have to [have] an interest [in aviation]," said Brendan Doughty, secretary and charter member for the group. The club, which started in the 1970s, now has 18 members. May 23, 2011

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