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Select Airparts is one of the largest independent Beechcraft, Hawker and Raytheon parts distributors in the world. Our specialty is supplying quality OEM and PMA parts for the both the Hawker family of business jets and the complete Beechcraft line. This includes the Hawker 400, 600, 700, 800 and 1000 as well as the Beechcraft family of twin-engine corporate and executive aircraft, including the King Air (all models 90 through 350), Queen Air, Beech 99, Beech 1900, Baron, Bonanza, Duke and the Premier.

Duckworks Aviation Announces New LED Lights

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NEW!! 3 LED Light Replacement for our Rect and Round Lamps

Duckworks LED lights. The benefits to LEDs are mainly the very low power draw and long life, but also they are very bright 'to look at', making them good for recognition as well.

These lights Upgrade both our Round and Rectangular Kits, using an adapter plate (supplied with the new LED Light).

  • This LED Light Designed and Built in the US!
  • High Output Low Power landing light
  • Uses very high Output, long life LEDs
  • Spotlight output designed to maximize distance penetration
  • Completely Flashable using our WigWag (or others)
  • Reverse Polarity protection
  • 12 to 28v Operation
  • Low Power Draw = 1.8 Amps, 22 Watts
  • Light weight - only 15 oz incl adapter plate
  • Passes CISPR-E EMI Certification Tests
  • Cover Plate (not shown) and Template for modifying existing mount (Round and Rect) included


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3 LED Light Upgrade (includes Adapter Plate)



Two 3 LED Light Upgrades (includes Adapter Plates)



2: LED in a Rectangular mount2" LED in PAR-36 Adapter plate

LED Replacements for our 55W Rect and 100W Round Halogen Lamps

These Lamps will fit in the Rectangular and Round Mounts and replace those lights with a very bright, long Spotlight that draws less than 1 Amp.

  • Summer 2014 - Updated, NO Radio noise! Lower price too
  • Replace a Rectangular reflector
  • Replace a Round enclosure
  • Very low power at 9w vs 55W or 100W!


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55W Rectangular to 2" LED Upgrade (includes Adapter Plate - replaces Rect Reflector with LED and Adapter Plate)



100W Round to 2" LED Upgrade (includes Adapter Plate - replaces Round PAR-36 lamp with LED and Adapter Plate)




Understanding Aviation Language


Whether you're an experienced pilot, a rookie, or a co-pilot, it's important to understand the language of aviation. Here's a refresher course on pilot speak, along with some interesting facts from the July/August issue of FAA Safety Briefing.

The language of aviation came about from a need for safety. To avoid pilots and controllers mishearing each other and potentially creating an accident, a language of aviation terms and phrases were compiled in the Pilot/Controller Glossary.

The Aviation Alphabet and Numbers

To help avoid confusion with similar sounding consonants and numbers, in March 1956 the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a standard phonetic alphabet for aviation use:

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.

Pilots pronounce numbers similar to regular English, with a few exceptions:

  • The number three (3) is pronounced "tree."
  • The number five (5) is pronounced "fife."
  • The number nine (9) is pronounced "niner."

Common Words and Phrases

Here are some words and phrases you might hear, and what they mean.

Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) - ATIS is recorded information on current weather and airport information, such as runways in use. Each ATIS recording has an alpha-numeric designator to distinguish it from the previous message. For example, "ATIS information Foxtrot is current."

Squawk - Squawk refers to an aircraft's transponder code, which can be either a standard code (1200 for visual flight rules - VFR) or a discrete code assigned by Air Traffic Control. Squawk can be used as a noun (Say your assigned squawk), an adjective (Squawk code is 2345), or as a verb (Squawk 5423).

Mayday - Mayday - meaning emergency - is a word that hopefully you won't ever have to use. The word is derived from the French term "m'aider" meaning help me.

Roger - Why do pilots always say Roger when they're done talking? Its origin is from the early days of aviation when we adapted practices from the telegraph industry. Since Morse code telegraph transmissions could be unreliable, the receiver would transmit a single letter "R" when they successfully received a message, so R came to mean that I have received and understood your transmission.

Our pilot forefathers and mothers needed a similar standard response. As it was not possible to transmit a Morse-coded "R," they adopted the word "Roger," which at the time was the phonetic alphabet version of the letter "R," later changed to "Romeo." Today, it is still the simple acknowledgment that a pilot or controller has received and understood your last transmission.

Reference: http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/

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Acting NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart

to Speak at NBAA's 2014 Convention

Washington, DC, Sept. 3, 2014 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is pleased to announce that Christopher A. Hart, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and President Obama’s nominee to head the agency, will speak at the Opening General Session of NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), which runs Oct. 21 to 23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

“We welcome Acting Chairman Hart to NBAA2014, and are excited to hear his thoughts and perspectives on safety issues affecting our industry,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His appearance continues a long tradition of NTSB representatives speaking during the convention, and underscores NBAA’s commitment to aviation safety.”

Hart was sworn in as a member of the NTSB Board in August 2009 and designated by President Obama for a two-year term as vice chairman of the board later that month. He was nominated by Obama for a second term as board member in August 2013 and a third term as vice chairman in October 2013. Hart has served as acting NTSB chairman since April 26, 2014, and in July 2014, he was nominated by the president to serve as chairman of the NTSB.

Previously, he was a member of the NTSB board from 1990 to 1993. After leaving the board, he served as deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, before moving to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1995. Hart was deputy director for air traffic safety oversight at the FAA, previously serving as the agency’s assistant administrator for system safety.

Before his work at the FAA, Hart held a series of legal positions, mostly in the private sector. He holds a law degree from Harvard University and master's and bachelor's degrees in aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He is a licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings.Hart will be one of several speakers at the NBAA2014 Opening General Session on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Enterprise Holdings Executive Chairman Andrew C. Taylor also will discuss the benefits business aviation has brought to his company at the session. 

As the world’s largest and most important event for the business aviation community, NBAA2014 offers attendees an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the latest issues affecting the industry. Attendees will have an opportunity to review the latest in business aviation products, technology and services, participate in dozens of education sessions and make side-by-side comparisons of the industry’s most innovative aircraft on static display.

Wings 'n Things Youth Aerospace Weekend

October 24-26

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Wings 'n Things is a 3-day youth aerospace weekend held on the SUN 'n FUN campus to introduce the dynamic world of aviation.

Scouts, church groups, home school clubs, families and other youth organizations will find unique opportunities ranging from an astronaut’s presentation to skill workshops where students can make balsa gliders or experience the thrill of flying a free flight airplane that is powered only by a rubber band.

A "First Flight" opportunity is offered to youth who have never flown in a general aviation aircraft.  Students can fly simulators, experience wind-tunnels, launch a fun-fly rocket, participate in the egg-drop challenge, share camping adventures and take advantage of the 176 acres encompassing these activities.  More than thirty (30) experience stations will entice young learners into the world of aviation, as well as teenagers.  

STEM-based activities are focused on students ages 7-18.  Scouts seeking new badges can combine aviation themed activities with workshops on first aid, safety, first responders, electricity, biking, technology, weather, horticulture, photography and more.  Career exploration opportunities are also available.  A Wings ‘n Things attendance badge will be available for purchase.


First- time youth fliers may register for a "First Flight."  No additional fee but space is limited and is weather permitting. 

A Top Gun Experience in an A/F-18 Flight Simulator is open to students 15 years of age or older.

Computer-based flight simulators are available for all participants.

Experience nature.

Registration is required for all participants.

For rates and information visit www.sun-n-fun.org

More information or questions contact educate@sun-n-fun.org or 863-904-4073.

New Aviation Program

Texas college launches new aviation program Lee College in Baytown,Texas, is set to launch a new aviation program this fall. The career pilot training program is being offered in partnership with Flying Tigers Flight School at Ellington Field in Houston. An information session is set for Sept. 8; classes will begin in October.The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio)

SAM Aircraft up for sale

SAM Aircraft President Thierry Zibi says he loves designing airplanes, but is not interested in running a production company. Just a year and a half after unveiling the prototype SAM ultralight aircraft, Zibi has put the company up for sale. The aircraft has been certified in Canada and production has already begun. AVweb

Pay Attention to This!!!

What he didn't know about his life insurance cost his family $1 Million. Aviation exclusions can void your coverage if you are flying. Pilot should take special care when comparing life insurance. Get the right coverage without exclusions. Aviation Life designed for pilots by the Pilot Insurance Center. (800) 380-8376 or piclife.com

Three Airplane Partners All Rely on AOPA Insurance

RV-6 partners chose AOPA Insurance

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Ron Waechter owns an RV-6 with two friends, Jerry Foster and Mike Volpp. Now in their second year with AOPA Insurance, Ron says the partners appreciate “the reasonable pricing, quick response, friendly staff and the pledge not to penalize coverage of a claim for minor issues.”

Ron has been a member of AOPA since he learned to fly in 1978. He considers himself fortunate that his flight instructor back then was a World War II instructor. He says, “I consider myself very fortunate to have learned from such a great aviator.” Today, Ron has a commercial license with multiengine and CFI ratings, but quickly adds, “The only paying flying job I ever had was a patrol job in a Cessna 152.”


Today, the three partners flying for fun and for personal transportation. They attend fly-ins regularly and own other low and slow aircraft (Taylorcraft, Cub, Zenith 701). Ron says, “The RV-6 really rounds out the aviation experience.


This past spring, Ron and Jerry flew had a great trip to Sun ‘n Fun. He recalls, “We had a 50 mph tailwind most of the way down and the whole week’s weather there was great.” Of course, the trip home wasn’t as quick, but Ron says, “It was still fun.”


Whether you fly low and slow aircraft or a faster, more complex airplane, AOPA Insurance has the right policy for you. For more information or a quick quote on aircraft insurance, talk to AOPA Insurance. Don’t forget: You may qualify for a 5% discount just for being an AOPA member.


AOPA Insurance Services is celebrating 20 years of serving the aviation insurance needs of our customers.  Visit us online or call 877-622-2672 for information on how AOPA can get you the best deal on aviation and life insurance.


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Upper Limit Aviation Now Has Three Locations For GI Bill Approved Pilot Training

GI Bill Flight Training

Upper Limit Aviation is a helicopter and fixed wing flight school located at Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cedar City Municipal Airport, Cedar City, Utah, and Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tennessee.

Training under FAR Part 141 and Part 61 in Class Bravo airspace and exclusively partnered with institutes of higher learning, ULA is uniquely poised to provide its students comprehensive high altitude flight training.Contracting with private individuals, companies and the US Forest Service, ULA also provides services under its FAA multi-pilot 135 Air Carrier Certificate, and its 133 External Load and 137 Hazmat certificates. Teaching and working within the helicopter community, ULA continues to prove itself as a leader in the aviation industry.Helicopter and Fixed Wing Training .

As a FAR Part 141 and Part 61 facility, Upper Limit Aviation offers a rigorous helicopter and fixed wing training programs with courses that take students through Private to Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII) and beyond. ULA uses a consistent and standardized curriculum, which include proprietary, FAA approved, course syllabi. In addition to its exclusive affiliation with Institutes of Higher Learning, ULA offers various FAR Part 61 Courses that lead to a standard college degree. This allows ULA to train international students and offer Veterans Benefits Under Chapter 30 and Chapter 33 of the GI Bill. Upper Limit’s flight training program in Utah introduces students to flying in mountain terrain and to the unique wind and weather conditions associated with it. Most courses are taught at high-density altitudes (above 5,000 ft.), allowing for increased instruction in power management and aircraft operation in power and lift limited situations.

GI Bill Pilot School

 Located at the Salt Lake International Airport (SLC) and Memphis International Airport, ULA operates in Class Bravo (B) airspace. This offers students daily practice in communication with air traffic control in busy and highly regulated airspace.

FAR Part 141 special helicopter curricula courses are also offered by ULA, they include:
Turbine Transition,
External Load,
Mountain Flying,
R44 Transition,
SFAR 73 Transition.

GI Bill Pilot Degree

 For more information on the use of VA benefits and coverage, visit:www.va.gov. For your eligibility status, please visit:http://www.gibill.va.gov/

Upper Limit Aviation (ULA) is uniquely partnered with Institutes of Higher Education to offer a Professional Pilot Program for both helicopter/rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft.

Both locations offer FAR Part 61.  ULA offers Part  141 training at the Salt Lake City location. In addition to obtaining an Associate of Science (AS) degree in the Professional Pilot Program, a or Bachelors Degree (BGS or BIS) students enrolling into our partner college will have access to the financial aid, student loans, academic counseling, and support infrastructure to be successful.

Upper Limit Aviation
619 North 2360 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Upper Limit Aviation
2402 Aviation Way
Cedar City, UT 84721

Upper Limit Aviation
2540 Winchester Rd
Memphis, TN 38116

National Championship Air Races to be Site of Unmanned Aerial Challenge

Reno, NV September 10-14, 2015

National Championship Air Races to be site of unmanned aerial challenge

Reno, Nev. – With help from partner Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, the National Championship Air Races will be home to the first-ever Small UAS Challenge during this September’s 51st event. The challenge, which is free to enter and takes place Sept. 12 – 14, will test a number of skills and demonstrate a variety of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS). The Small UAS Challenge is just the latest in a number of new and returning entertainment that is planned for this year’s Reno Air Races, which take place Sept. 10 – 14, joining previously announced acts like Melissa Pemberton, one of the world’s top female aerobatic pilots, the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, the L-39 Patriot Jet Team, the return of the ‘Car Drop,’ and more.

“To have a worldwide leader in aeronautics like Embry-Riddle hold such a unique and fun event like the Small UAS Challenge at the Air Races is a thrill for us and is something that our fans won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world,” said Mike Major, chairman of the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA). “Unmanned aircraft have received a lot of attention in the news, especially in Nevada, and this is a one-of-a-kind chance for people to get up close and personal with this technology in a fun and challenging environment.”

As one of the world’s foremost institutes for aviation and aeronautical education, Embry-Riddle – Worldwide created the Small UAS Challenge as a way to “promote and recognize the emerging UAS industry.” The competition, which is free and open to private and commercial participants, will feature an obstacle course, time trial and a dead lift, testing speed, agility and strength. Eligible aircraft must be able to perform a vertical takeoff and landing and can be no larger than 36 inches and 10 pounds. The number of participants is limited, and early registration is encouraged. All participants will receive free admission to the National Championship Air Races.

“We look forward to presenting this challenge during the National Championship Air Races,” said David Thirtyacre, assistant professor of aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Worldwide. “As a leader in aviation and aeronautical education, Embry-Riddle Worldwide recognizes the importance of the UAS industry in both the state of Nevada and throughout the country.”

For more information or to register for the Small UAS Challenge, contact Thirtyacre at 702-994-0280.