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.
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 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.
This year’s Farnborough International Airshow, which takes place from July 11 to 17, looks set to reignite the excitement in the aerospace industry that was muted for so long after the financial crisis that started in 2008. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is expected (yet again) to be the star of the show, with the flight of the Airlander airship and events such as Boeing’s centenary celebration expected to give some buzz it hasn’t seen for years.
At press time the exhibition halls were 95 percent sold out, and China has a large pavilion for the first time. Austria, Brazil, the Republic of Ireland and South Korea have also secured pavilions for the first time, bringing to 22 the number of international pavilions.
Amanda Stainer, commercial director of Farnborough International, said the organizer is “really pleased” with sales to date, adding that “67 percent of our exhibitors are international.”
As of the middle of last month, organizers had confirmed 94 aircraft for the static display, including the F-35. She highlighted that there would be two Airbus A380s and two A350s (one each from Airbus itself and Qatar Airways), and “some big aircraft from America.” Boeing has not yet agreed to go public with the aircraft it plans to bring for the centenary celebration. “We’ve got two big slots for Boeing,” noted Stainer, who added there would also be “some Antonovs,” along with a range of smaller aircraft, including a good number of business and general aviation aircraft.
“We have strong support here. For example, the HondaJet will be at the show–with [UK dealer] Marshall Aerospace–and Diamond is bringing three aircraft. Dassault is bringing a Falcon 7X and 2000LX, and we have four slots for Gulfstream.” She also said that the Dornier 328Jet (and 328 turboprop) will be in the static display, along with the Pilatus PC-12, Cessna Caravan and Viking Air Twin Otter 400. “It’s pretty good to have so many booked in so early,” she said. The Airlander is slated to be “doing a flypast every day,” Stainer added.
Among the historical aircraft on static display will be the Royal Navy Historic Flight’s Swordfish, a Lockheed Electra and a Catalina flying boat. There will also be a theme around aircraft that have appeared in films, among them a Hurricane, a DC-3, the world’s only remaining flying Spartan Arrow biplane and a Stampe biplane.
Stainer expects a packed schedule for the flying display. “We’re hoping to open the flying on the Monday morning with the F-35 and Red Arrows at around 10:30 a.m., and the F-35 will fly at around 2:30 p.m. It won’t fly on the Wednesday and Thursday but will fly on Friday to Sunday for the public days.
The Eurofighter Typhoon will be aloft on the trade days and weekend and the U.S. Air Force is expected to fly an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an F/A-18 Hornet. As for other commercial aircraft, Stainer told AIN, “We are hoping for the [Bombardier] C Series and it has been allocated a slot.” Several aerobatics displays are on the slate for the public days, including the Pitts Aerobatics Team, the Twisters, the Blades, the Breitling Wing Walkers and the Red Arrows.
Drones: a Show, a Race and an Emphasis on Safety
New this year is the UK Drone Show, said Andrew Pearcey, Farnborough International marketing and communications director, who is responsible for the public days. The UK Drone Show will also feature UK Drone Racing.
Farnborough International joined forces with the CAA, NATS, Arpas and Hampshire Constabulary to host the Drone Safety Awareness Weekend, “to help educate recreational drone pilots and the general public about the laws relating to unmanned aircraft in the UK, as well as give sensible advice regarding safe flying and possible dangers.”
Martin Brandenburg, marketing director at DJI Europe, platinum sponsor for the UK Drone Show, said, “Visitors can expect exciting daily live demonstrations with DJI’s leading products such as the Phantom and the Inspire at the DJI booth. During the Drone Safety Awareness Weekend, DJI will demonstrate tools such as the geofencing system to a broader audience.”
July 7, 2016, 1:03 PM
Kansas City-based investment firm Curran Companies has taken a controlling interest in Executive AirShare through an investment that company executives said will enable the regional fractional ownership provider to grow into new markets. Executive AirShare founder Bob Taylor and investor Dave Murfin maintain “significant ownership” in the enterprise but Curran will control the business, reformed under a new LLC. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.
“Executive AirShare’s business is poised for substantial growth, especially to new cities near our existing geographical footprint,” said Curran president Wiley Curran. “We see significant opportunities to leverage technology on top of the current business model to produce an even better service for our customer base. We want to be the middle market’s flight department.”
Curran Companies, a father-and-son venture, became Phenom 300 shareowners through Executive AirShare in 2013. They complete their investment as Executive AirShare takes delivery of its 10th Phenom 300 and a Beechcraft King Air 350i.
“The Curran group brings enthusiasm, business experience and capital to support the company’s expansion into new markets,” said Taylor. “I have truly enjoyed the last 15-plus years and look forward to future participation.”
July 7, 2016, 12:59 PM
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