As 2007 was coming to a close, the folks at Robinson Helicopter
Company achieved another milestone when their 8000th helicopter was
flight certified. The new, solid green, Robinson R44 Raven II S/N
11984 was ordered by SkySales Aviation (Christchurch, New Zealand)
for a private owner.
OK kids... this is your big chance to weigh in on all that was
2007. Among the most avidly read special issues of our year are
ANN's Year-End Wrap-Up and New Year's Expectations and
Prognostications. Each year we wrap up the 'year that was' on
December 31st... in terms of the top stories, people and issues
that made the year so memorable and remarkable.
FMI: My Suggestions For ANN's 2007 Wrap-Up and 2008
Appoints Blanton Avionics Systems Integration Professional
Western Aircraft has named Rick Blanton as an Avionics Systems
Integrator, effective immediately. As an Avionics Systems
Integrator, Blanton’s primary responsibilities will be
creating and updating avionics structural drawings for aircraft
modifications and repairs, providing integration analyses, and
providing technical assistance to all avionics customers.
Attention Aviators, you can all feel a little more "covered" now
with the launch of another GPS satellite from the cape. Air Force
space technicians successfully launched a United Launch Alliance
Delta II booster Dec. 21 carrying the fifth modernized NAVSTAR
Global Positioning System satellite into space. The NAVSTAR GPS was
launched at 3:04 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 17A.
During the winter season at the South Pole, temperatures often
dip as low as minus 100 F and can paralyze an aircraft's hydraulic
systems, crystallize the fuel and solidify lubricants. However,
freezing temperatures did not deter Joint Task Force-Support Forces
Antarctica Operation Deep Freeze crews and support personnel from
validating the C-17 Globemaster III's polar airdrop capability by
successfully airdropping 22,372 pounds of supplies to the South
Pole Dec. 18.
HAI has announced this year's Helicopter Maintenance Award
recipient -- Mr. Phillip G. DiFiore, President of Rotorcraft
Support Inc., Van Nuys, California. DiFiore began his career in
1979 as an A&P graduate from North Valley Occupational Center.
His professional journey has taken him from helicopter technician
to owner, president, and director of maintenance for Rotorcraft
Support, Inc., one of the finest helicopter maintenance
organizations in the United States.
Airmen from the 'Wolf Pack' returned Dec. 20 after completing an
11-day training exercise for air combat training with Sailors
flying F-18 Hornets at Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan. Forty
Airmen from the 8th Operations Group, 8th Maintenance Group and 8th
Logistics Readiness Squadron along with five F-16s were deployed to
the naval installation Dec. 9-20.
"The center's staff bid a final farewell to several
members of the Dryden family whose contributions cover more than 60
years of innovative engineering and piloting accomplishments at
Dryden. Among them were former NASA Dryden engineer William P.
Albrecht, who died July 16 at the age of 83. Retired NASA Dryden
engineer and acting director De E. Beeler passed away on Sept. 11
at the age of 92. Former NASA Dryden research pilot Stanley P.
Butchart died Oct. 1 in Lancaster at the age of 85. NASA Dryden
research pilot Edwin W. Lewis Jr. died Nov. 8 at the age of 71, in
the crash of a Civil Air Patrol plane southwest of Las Vegas, only
hours after he led the flight crew in flying NASA's DC-8 science
laboratory back to Dryden. Their legacy will live on as NASA Dryden
moves forward in