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Airborne 01.04.13: DA40 Best For 2012, Huerta Confirmed, Solar Impulse To Fly US

January 5, 2013

Also: Bolen Looks Ahead, GDL 88 Approved, CargoPlane Lands Short, TU-204 Crash, UFO Video, Pilot Spots Thief! With 2012 still fresh in our memories it’s time for ANN to unveil our annual Best of the Breed – recognizing top aircraft in a number of specific categories. You can see all of our choices on our website at over the next few days, but let’s face it, it’s the Best of the Best that most people will be interested in. This year’s award winner is a solidly built little four seater built by a trustworthy company that has weathered a fair amount of tough times without selling its soul. We speak, specifically, of the Diamond Aircraft DA40 XLS -- an outstanding GA airplane with one of the most impressive safety records in recent times. There were no long, drawn-out hearings and pointed questions that often make up the political theater surrounding the confirmation of a Presidential appointee. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved Michael Huerta to be FAA Administrator. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

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