GA's Pivotal Gathering Starts in San Jose, CA There was one question on the minds of attendees Thursday at AOPA Expo 2008 in San Jose, California... "how will the results of this week's elections impact the general aviation community?" AOPA brought in four heavy hitters in the industry to offer their opinions on what's to come in an Obama administration... AOPA's Andy Cebula also had the chance to play a prank of sorts on outgoing president Phil Boyer, with a little help from Oregon congressman Peter DeFazio... Following Thursday's opening session at AOPA Expo 2008, Aero-News spent some time with former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey, to ask her thoughts on the future ahead for general aviation... Thursday's news from the McEnery Convention Center wasn't all about politics, however. Cirrus Design led the day's press conference schedule with news of its latest innovation in flying safety... Perspective EVS You may now order Diamond Aircraft's entry-level DA20 with a partial glass panel, thanks to the gang at Aspen Avionics... Diamond also used AOPA Expo 2008 to publicly unveil its new, Lycoming-powered DA42 L360... an interim step in the planemaker's quest to move forward after the troubles at enginemaker Thielert... And those are just some of the Aero-News headlines from the start of AOPA Expo 2008 in San Jose. FMI: www.aopa.org
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