Lara Kaufmann, who may be the most ardent advocate of Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU) in South Carolina, sent in these photos from the great Aug. 21, 2017, eclipse:
You’ve heard this old bromide many times. We all have. There’s probably a bumper sticker with it printed between images of a map of the world and a cuddly puppy. There are certainly similarly worded inspirational posters slapped up in classrooms and office spaces all over the country. But have you really thought about it? […]
August 22, 2017, 1:01 PMThe rationale for developing the model was to improve its operating economics and make it more attractive to the export market.
August 22, 2017, 12:23 PMJuly’s improvement in business aviation flights marked the ninth straight month of growth.
The aviation event that was the eclipse of Aug. 21 appears to have gone off with barely a hitch and so far our inexhaustive search for mayhem has found but one relatively minor incident possibly related to eclipse flights.
Lisa Aeronautics has started flying the second-generation prototype of its sleek Akoya, a multi-surface, would-be LSA. The Akoya is designed to take off and land on runways, water or snow. The most visible change to the new airplane, PS1—for Pre-Series 1, replacing the Pre-Series 0 aircraft—is in the seafoils, which are two canard-like wings extending downward near the cockpit for water stability.
United Airlines continues to evaluate adding a 100-seat aircraft to its mainline fleet, less than a year after it cited the aircraft category’s poor economics for the conversion of its Boeing 737-700 order to larger variants.
EVA Air has retired the Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft, after performing the type’s final flight on 21 August.
Bombardier has delivered the first CS100 to launch operate Swiss in a ceremony at its Montreal manufacturing facilities.
Air Lease Corporation has placed its first Boeing 787-9 with Hainan Airlines.
The Wichita Aero Club has awarded two Edward W. Stimpson Scholarship for 2016 and, for the second year in a row, has increased the amount of the award, this time to $5,000 each.
“We are very pleased to announce that Zavier Luciano, an Aviation Maintenance Technology student at Wichita Area Technical College and Talon Michelle Wanless, an electrical engineering student at Wichita State University have been chosen to receive scholarships from the Wichita Aero Club this year,” said John O’Leary, Vice President of Airbus Americas Engineering and Chairman of the WAC Education Committee. “Zavier and Talon were selected from among 10 applicants who qualified for consideration for the Aero Club’s Edward W. Stimpson scholarship. No applicants met the qualifications for the H. Dean Humphrey Scholarship this year, so the committee chose to award two Stimpson scholarships.”
“Both Wichita Aero Club Scholarships are designed to encourage and support students who have already demonstrated success in a major course of study at a post high institution and have established a clear aviation-related career path. That means the applicants must be able to provide transcripts with at least 50% of the required course work towards their degree or certificate completed and satisfy the industry career intentions, as well,” O’Leary continued. “While these requirements are admittedly somewhat rigorous, they have allowed us to provide financial encouragement to several students who are carrying on Kansas’s aerospace tradition.
“And, the differences in the specific focus of each scholarship — the reasons that make them unique — are also the reasons the Committee decided to award two Stimpson scholarships this year. We obviously had a number of candidates who met the guidelines for the Stimpson award, which targets students pursuing engineering, flying, service or maintenance and technical careers but that wasn’t the case with the Humphrey scholarship, which is aimed at public relations, marketing, communications and human resources or similar administrative areas. It didn’t generate any which met the required prerequisites and disciplines. We expect more applicants for the Humphrey as students become more familiar with its requirements. In the meantime, we congratulate this year’s recipients,” O’Leary added.
Luciano enrolled in the Airframe and Powerplant program at Wichita Area Technical College in February of 2016. He has spent much of the past decade as a mechanic at Spirit AeroSystems, Boeing, BE Aerospace, Cessna and United Technologies working on interiors, electrical and structural components. A graduate of Maize High School, he is pursuing an Associate degree in Aviation Maintenance and an Airframe & Powerplant license. He is a sport pilot and hopes to continue flight training and obtain his private pilot’s license, as well.
Wanless is pursuing her goal of being a third generation aviation professional. Currently a junior electrical engineering major at Wichita State University, she is also serving as an Avionics and Electrical intern at Textron Aviation and following in the footsteps of both her father and grandfather. A graduate of Wichita Northwest High School, she participated in both the BEETS (Bridge for Engineering and Engineering Technology and BEST Robotics programs and was a member of the National Honors Society while in High School and earned the distinction of being a Presidential Scholar at Wichita State in 2014, as well.
Aircraft Technologies Group (ATG) has launched two new programs to combat the impending shortage of skilled aviation maintenance technicians.
“Younger people are not being attracted to the aero maintenance trades in sufficient numbers to replace the older technicians that are retiring, nor to compensate for the expected industry growth,” said Jay Logie, founder and CEO of ATG. “These two programs are aimed at attracting young people and to provide hiring companies access to thousands of qualified individuals. It’s time for a new approach.”
Aviation NETWorX and the Aero Skills Tournament, under development for five years, are now live online with a full market Beta test, he noted.
Aviation NETWorX is an integrated, data connection system and virtual office providing aircraft maintenance, manufacturing companies and trade schools access to thousands of skilled people at the click of a mouse.
The NETWorX platform is a self-serve, multi-port system based upon the philosophy ATG has used to vet skilled tradespeople successfully for the past 17 years, according to company officials.
Aero Skills Tournament
Aero Skills Tournament (AST), administered through NETWorX, is a platform to raise awareness and create excitement to attract and draw people into the aviation trades from trade school and industry communities.
The outreach campaign uses competition events designed to plant the seed with the younger generation about careers in the aviation maintenance field, company officials explained.
More than 40 Part 147 schools have expressed interest in the program. Exhibition events are planned for this year, with regional and national competitions in 2017.
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