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September 27, 2008

New Man At Mooney: Robert Gowens Named CEO

Ferguson To Remain As President Of Company

The Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd., has named Robert B. Gowens Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mooney Airplane Company in Kerrville, TX. Gowens, the former CEO, President and Vice President/General Manager of three different manufacturing companies in the recreational marine industry, brings more than 36 years of senior leadership experience to his new role.

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Wichita Aero Club To Be Established

Group Plans Monthly Luncheons To Promote Area Aviation

A consortium of business, government and educational organizations in the greater Wichita, KS area are joining together to form the Wichita Aero Club. Patterned after the Aero Clubs of Washington and Atlanta and The Wings Club in New York, the new group plans to host monthly luncheons and invite high profile speakers to address major aviation industry issues.

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FAA to Install Defibrillators In Agency Facilities

Mirrors Implementation In Airliner Cabins

Following in the steps of the successful deployment of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in airliner cabins, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday it will install the lifesaving devices in all agency facilities with 50 or more employees during the next year.

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Rolls-Royce To Power UAVs For New Maritime Surveillance Fleet

AE 3007H Will Propel RQ-4N Global Hawk Derivative

Rolls-Royce announced Friday it will provide AE 3007H engines to power the US Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS).

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Embraer Delivers First Embraer 190 Jet To Virgin Nigeria

E-Jet Debuts In Sub-Saharan Africa

Brazilian planemaker Embraer delivered the first Embraer 190 jet this week, to the privately owned Nigerian flag carrier Virgin Nigeria.

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New York ANG LC-130 Flies First Operational Flight With New Props

Aircraft Equipped With Hamilton Sundstrand NP2000 Propellers

A New York Air National Guard 109th Airlift Wing LC-130 aircraft equipped with Hamilton Sundstrand NP2000 propellers took its first operational flight on Tuesday, September 16, from the unit's base in Scotia, NY. The aircraft is the first of 12 New York Air National Guard C-130s planned for retrofit with Hamilton Sundstrand NP2000 propellers.

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United Launch Alliance Deems First RS-68A Hot-Fire Engine Test A Success

Upgraded Rocket Motors To Power Delta IV Heavy Lift Booster

United Launch Alliance announced Thursday the successful first hot-firing of the new Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68A engine that will be used to power a future upgraded version of the Delta IV Heavy Lift launch vehicle. The hot-fire test was conducted 3:16 pm CDT, at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Stennis is the home of America's largest rocket engine test facility.

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Kinetic Energy Interceptor Team Completes Test Of Enhanced Rocket Motor

To Be Utilized In Advanced Missile Defense Interceptors

The Raytheon Company and Northrop Grumman Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) team fired a Stage 2 rocket motor featuring an enhanced nozzle and upgraded ballistics. The firing occurred at the Alliant Techsystems test facility in Elkton, MD on September 25.

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American Eurocopter Delivers Third EC130 To Vegas Tour Operator

Sundance Helicopters One Of Area's Largest Helo Companies

American Eurocopter announced Friday the delivery of an EC130 to Sundance Helicopters, one of Las Vegas’s largest and most experienced helicopter companies. This is the third EC130 in its fleet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.27.08)

Aero-Linx! 

Welcome to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, home of the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and largest and best military air show in the Nation. Last year's air show received the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) award for the best military air show in the country.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.27.08): Wind Grid Display

Aero-Terms!

Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms, names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.27.08)

"Bob Gowens brings a valuable mix of top level operating, strategic and financial leadership to Mooney, having served as both a chief executive and a management consultant. He has the expertise and practical, hands-on experience to help us move to the next level of efficiency and profitability."

Source: Steven E. Karol, chairman of the Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd. Mooney named Robert B. Gowens Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mooney Airplane Company in Kerrville, TX. Gowens, the former CEO, President and Vice President/General Manager of three different manufacturing companies in the recreational marine industry, brings more than 36 years of senior leadership experience to his new role.

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