John and Martha King, Co-Chairman of King Schools, said Wednesday that they will release an online Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) by early summer. The good news is that helicopter CFIs wanting to renew their certificate online will no longer be forced to muddle through airplane specific topics that often have little or no relevance toward flying helicopters.
Aspen, Seattle Avionics Software Source Data From Eurocontrol
Aspen Avionics and Seattle Avionics Software have announced the availability of European ChartData on Evolution Multi-function Displays (MFDs) installed with software version 2.2 or later. Sourced from Eurocontrol, this new ChartData coverage contains information for forty-five European countries.
For the third consecutive year, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has designated April “General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month” in the Show Me State. The governor’s proclamation preceded this year’s gathering of pilots, airport operators, flight department operators and business aircraft operators in the state capital, Jefferson City, to educate legislators about the industry’s value on April 9, State Aviation Day.
Funding Will Help Close the Nation’s Gap in Human Space Launch Capability
While President Obama's budget, released Wednesday, contains bad news for GA in the form of user fees, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation noted that the budget for NASA continues to show strong support for commercial spaceflight.
Aerial Demonstration Team Being Pulled From Airshows
The U.S. air show organizers and promoters that are feeling the sting of the loss of the Blue Angels and The Air Force Thuderbirds this season due to cuts in the federal budget are not alone. In South Africa, the bite of the defence force budget bug seems to have claimed another victim. This time it’s the South African Air Force’s Silver Falcons elite aerobatic team. The cockpit ambassadors of the SAAF have been grounded.
Allows Visitors To See The Eclipse 550 In All Phases Of Production
If you're planning a trip to New Mexico, you might want to put a visit to Albuquerque on your itinerary. That's because Eclipse has opened up its production facility in the city to public tours. The Eclipse facility tour offers a unique opportunity to see Eclipse 550 jets during the assembly process, from the first Friction Stir Weld to final paint striping.
JTSB Working To Determine Cause Of ANA Battery Incident
Boeing may have completed certification testing on its new battery system for the Dreamliner, but the Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) has just begun testing the system that caused the fleet to be grounded in the first place.
Will Become Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel - International And Regulatory Affairs
Robert S. Rivkin will join Delta Airlines May 6 as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel – International and Regulatory Affairs, a critical position that reflects Delta's growing global presence and the increasing importance to Delta of governmental regulation and oversight in the U.S. and abroad.
Multi-Mission Aircraft Will Take On Law Enforcement And Medical Services Roles
Bell Helicopter has secured an agreement with the Delaware State Police for the supply of two Bell 429 aircraft. The multi-mission configured Bell 429s will be utilized for both airborne law enforcement operations and helicopter emergency medical services.
Goal Is To Provide Beech Owners With Access To Type-Knowledgeable Flight Instructors
The American Bonanza Society and the ABS Air Safety Foundation announce the ABS Flight Instructor Academy. This innovative new program, developed through the generosity of ABS members who have donated to the ABS Air Safety Foundation, is an industry-changing effort to improve all Beech pilots’ performance, confidence and safety.
Colorado Springs Hosting 29th National Space Symposium
Aerospace leaders from across the nation and around the world are in Colorado Springs this week at the 29th National Space Symposium to discuss the future of space. This collaboration is most apparent in Colorado, which claims "first in the nation" status for its concentration of private aerospace employees and which has seen a remarkable 19.3 percent increase in its aerospace economy over the last decade.
The LSA World Can Be Confusing... Until You Ask A REAL Expert
We don't have to tell you that the divining the intricacies of certain aspects of aviation can be a difficult pursuit... until you get expert guidance and when it comes to LSA, there are few finer examples of LSA expertise than that possessed by AirCore Aviation's Jim Scott. Part of the near-legendary Scott family that made Arlington, WA, a hot-bed of sport aviation and the home of the NWEAA Arlington Fly-In, Jim is the real deal... and a friend of ours since both he and Jim Campbell... were thin and sported their original hair color.
The LSA World Can Be Confusing... Until You Ask A REAL Expert
We don't have to tell you that the divining the intricacies of certain aspects of aviation can be a difficult pursuit... until you get expert guidance and when it comes to LSA, there are few finer examples of LSA expertise than that possessed by AirCore Aviation's Jim Scott. Part of the near-legendary Scott family that made Arlington, WA, a hot-bed of sport aviation and the home of the NWEAA Arlington Fly-In, Jim is the real deal... and a friend of ours since both he and Jim Campbell... were thin (!) and sported their original hair color.
Bell Helicopter used the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America's (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Fort Worth, as the launching pad for what they call their "Third-Generation" Tiltrotor -- the Bell V-280 Valor. "The introduction of the Bell V-280 Valor underscores our commitment to our military customers. The Bell V-280's unmatched capabilities in speed, range and payload, and its operational agility combine to deliver the best value for the U.S Army," said John Garrison, president and CEO at Bell Helicopter."
Implementing A 'Tiered Readiness Concept' For Active-Duty Units
Air Force officials began to stand down active-duty combat units April 9 to ensure the remaining units supporting worldwide operations can maintain sufficient readiness through the remainder of the fiscal year. The stand down is the result of cuts to Air Combat Command's operations and maintenance account, which must be implemented in part by flying approximately 45,000 fewer training hours between now and Oct 1.
The Administration released its long-awaited Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Wednesday, which serves as a guideline for the Administration’s spending and policy initiatives. While more detail will follow, GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce says that unfortunately, the budget continues to promote policies that hurt general aviation and fail to lay the foundation for growth in aviation manufacturing and general aviation jobs. As in recent budget proposals, GAMA opposes the Administration’s scheme for a $100 per flight fee.
Displays One Foot Increments, Density Altitude, More
Pilots of homebuilt, LSA, and ultralight aircraft who have been looking for a digital altimeter have a new option from Belite Electronics, which has long been in innovator in digital instruments for the sector.
Allows GPS-Based IAP At Either Destination Or Alternate Airport
The FAA has updated its policy on alternate airport flight planning following a review of the current requirements placed on aircraft Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation systems. The FAA also studied the availability of GPS and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) for GPS and WAAS-based instrument approaches at destination and alternate airports.
'A $17.7 Billion Investment In Our Nation's Future' The Administrator Says
NASA administrator Charles Bolden on Wednesday said that President Obama's proposed budget for his agency for FY1014 is " a $17.7 billion investment in our nation's future." Bolden said the budget ensures the United States will remain the world's leader in space exploration and scientific discovery for years to come.
Urges Congress To Oppose Provisions Detrimental To General Aviation Businesses, Jobs
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) expressed disappointment in the Obama Administration's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal released Wednesday, which includes a $100 per flight user fee on general aviation as well as a change in the current tax depreciation schedule for general aviation aircraft.
Data Bundle Service Simplifies The Flying Experience For High Performance Lancair Aircraft
Jeppesen and Lancair have jointly announced that Jeppesen charts and NavData service will be included as part of the purchase process of Lancair Evolution single engine aircraft for the general aviation market.
"Units will stand down on a rotating basis so our limited resources can be focused on fulfilling critical missions. The current situation means we're accepting the risk that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies as they occur." Source: Gen. Mike Hostage, the ACC commander.