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P L A N E S E N S E

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I N F O R M AT I O N A L Q U A R T E R LY

SLED DOG DERBY

From February 13

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through the 15

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, sled dogs and mushers (a person who

competes in cross-country style races with dog team and sled) will gather in

Laconia, NH to compete in the “86

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Laconia World Championship Sled Dog

Derby.” Dog sled teams will come from all over the Northeast and Canada to

compete, and there is a chance a European team (or two) will be in the starting

lineup as well. Although the derby attracts international competition, it is truly a

community event, with much of the race funding coming from the NH lakes region

and its area businesses. The derby is put on by the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club,

along with key members of the community, including city officials, public works

and police departments, the local radio, and snowmobile clubs.

The derby hosts many racing events over the course of the weekend; the

longest race covers a 15-mile trail, and is for teams competing in the “open

class” (a race that does not restrict the number of dogs on a team). Other

scheduled races include the “Six-Dog Classic” for adult mushers over a 6-mile

trail, and the “One-Dog” and “Three-Dog” junior races for youngsters in the

process of perfecting their mushing skills. The final racing schedule depends on

trail conditions, and is dependent on the winter-like conditions in the days and

weeks leading up to the derby.

With the PlaneSense

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program, you can fly right into the heart of the derby on your

PC-12, arriving into Laconia’s Municipal Airport (KLCI). It’s up to you to remember

your camera and an extra layer of warm clothing, but we anticipate lots of fun

if you choose to partake in the action. Once on the ground, make sure to keep

your ears open for the howls and sounds of excitement floating up from the race

course. We hope you will have the pleasure of seeing one of these skilled and

majestic dog sled teams fly across your path with a swoosh!

PARTS ROOM

SCHOOL STATIC EVENTS

Atlas Aircraft Center, Inc. has a

very impressive parts room with

an extremely committed staff. The

parts room employees ensure staff

availability 7 days a week, for 18+

hours a day, and meticulously maintain

over a $1 million inventory, which helps

prevent delays and expedite repairs.

This team is responsible for assisting

technicians with parts and tool

distribution, and also maintains the

oversight of the primary parts room,

secondary parts overflow storage

room, and all of the purchasing,

shipping, receiving, and warranty

assistance for both Atlas Aircraft

Center and the PlaneSense

®

program.

In November, a PlaneSense

®

team visited Embry-Riddle, FIT, and ATP flight

schools in Florida to conduct static displays of the Pilatus PC-12 for students.

We want to inspire future pilots to pursue careers in corporate aviation, so

we spent time showing students our aircraft and also explaining the great

opportunities and benefits of working in this industry. We also held in-person

interviews for PlaneSense

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positions with qualified pilots at the schools. These

visits allow our human resources department to expand our recruiting reach

to southern states, without the students having to travel. Broader access

to applicants results in hiring the highest quality pilots for the PlaneSense

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program. Our relationship with various flight schools is a win for everyone!