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Aviation Consultant Organizing a Counteroffer for Cirrus. In the wake of the Chinese offer to buy Cirrus, General Aviation News has reported that aviation consultant Brian Foley is now trying to organize a counteroffer for for the general aviation company.  Although terms of the Chinese deal have not been disclosed, Foley believes the selling price is in the US$200 million plus range. For more information about Foley or his consulting firm, visit BRiFO.com.

In Support of the Chinese Deal for Cirrus. On a related note, Robert Mark, the blogger behind JetWhine, has written a post in support of the Chinese deal for Cirrus. He noted that many pilots are worried over rumors of an impending bankruptcy of Cirrus and what impact such a bankruptcy will have on the general aviation industry. Moreover, he pointed out that the deal will help to introduce general aviation to a region where it has been virtually unknown.

Creating America’s Seaplane City. Meanwhile, Drew Steketee has written an extensive article for General Aviation News about how the Florida town of Tavares used US$8.4 million to revive and rebrand itself as “America’s Seaplane City.” Some of the improvements included an aviation-themed kiddy splash park (which has already had 21,000 admissions at US$2 each), an 88-slip marina and seaplane base.

Setting Up the Ipad 2. On a different note, John Ewing has written a post for his Aviation Mentor blog about his recent purchase and setting up of the Ipad 2. He commented that the speed of the Ipad 2 has greatly improved and he can’t wait to get airborne and check out how the iPad 2 works in flight

Counterfeit Aircraft Parts on the Rise. On a safety note, General Aviation News has mentioned a new report by the Aerospace Industries Association that says that the volume of counterfeit aircraft parts in the supply chain is increasing. The report noted that in the USA in 2009, the Customs and Border Protection Service had seized nearly US$4 million in counterfeit aircraft parts. The full report is available on AIA’s website.

West to The Sunrise. If you are an aviation and an auto racing buff, the Winged Victory Women in Aviation Webzine has mentioned the book, “West to The Sunrise” by Grace Harris. The book is an autobiography about her life as a champion woman pilot and racing car driver. In fact, Harris won the Kendall trophy at the 1948 and 1949 National Air Races for women in the USA and later did competitive auto racing in England, the French Riviera and Monte Carlo. She was also the first FAA licensed balloonist in the USA.

DaughteroftheaAirDaughter of the Air. In addition, the Winged Victory Women in Aviation Webzine has also mentioned the book, “Daughter of the Air: The Brief Soaring Life of Cornelia Fort,” by Rob Simbeck. Cornelia Fort’s (1919-1943) was one of America’s first female army pilots and a member of the WAFS, the first women’s flight squadron. Interestingly enough, she was also in the air at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked.

Articles About the Lives of Early Female Pilots. For female pilots who are also interested in the history of women in aviation, the Around the Pattern blog has noted that there is an article in a Salt Lake City paper about the experiences of Nell Bright, now 89, who flew B-25s during WWII. In addition, there is an article from Cleveland.com with a very short paragraph that describing some of the life of Jean Hixon, a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) in World War I who was later selected as one of a handful of women to go through the Mercury Astronaut training program.

Breaking Through the Clouds. Finally, the Girls With Wings blog has posted a review of the "Breaking Through the Clouds" – a documentary about the first women’s national air derby back in 1929. It was noted that back then, there were only 75 women pilots (women themselves only had the right to vote in the USA for a few years) while many aviation companies choose to support the race because they wanted to prove that “even a woman could fly an airplane….”

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