Tue, Jul 06, 2004
Alabama's Chief Executive Pledges $6 Million To Aviation
Alabama Governor Bob Riley last week
unveiled plans for a $6 million aviation training facility at
Enterprise-Ozark Community College, making good on a promise he
made last March.
"We will build a center that will not only compete in Alabama
but will compete all over the world, to ensure that this area will
become known as the center of aviation excellence, and if we do
that, we do not have to worry about the economy or the quality of
life," he said at a meeting of military leaders, school officials
and executives from aircraft and avionics firms in Alabama. He was
quoted in the Southeast Sun newspaper.
Last week, when he helped launch the construction project, Riley
heard from Mike Spears, who heads up Sikorsky's Troy (AL) division.
Already, Spears said, 175 of his workers are graduates of the
avionics program at EOCC. "Projections are that we will employ
around 300 workers in a couple of years. We have to hire people
that have skills and training - but it has to be done on up-to-date
equipment... some of the equipment was here when I came through the
school 20 years ago," he said. Even then, he told the governor, the
equipment was out of date. "We appreciate anything we can get to
update the equipment at the center."
That was justification enough for Riley, the Sun reported, who
said the EOCC project wasn't developed with a "'build it and they
will come' mentality - the jobs are already here."
Two Versions Of The Calidus Gyroplane FAA Approved The FAA has type-certified two versions of the German-built Calidus Gyroplane after the recent completion of conformity testing c>[...]
'Engine In Box' Option Allows Quicker Competition Times For Builders In the North Aircraft display area, Dan and Rachel Weseman of Sport Performance Aviation LLC debuted their late>[...]
Provide Interesting Big Glass Solutions For Both Forward Fit And Retrofit Avidyne is showcasing some innovative ‘Big Glass’ configurations in their booth at Oshkosh thi>[...]
Wipaire Is A Leading Aircraft Service Provider, and the Holder Of Over 100 STCs For over 55 years, Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing a full line of aircraft floats for>[...]
Also: AEA $$Giveaway$$, LAM Aviation, Able Flight, Jack Pelton On Aero-Medical Reform We start our report this morning with something that has very little to do with the EAA AirVen>[...]