Independence Air, a Washington Dulles-based low-fare carrier, last month became the first scheduled airline to join the Corporate Angel Network and provide complimentary seats to cancer patients needing to travel to and from treatment centers. Founded in 1981 and based in White Plains, N.Y., the Corporate Angel Network arranges free flights for cancer patients using empty seats on corporate aircraft.
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In the days following Hurricane Katrina, I watched the news and felt helpless. There were so many people in need and no “quick” way to respond. After seeing a segment about babies being airlifted out of hospitals and being separated from their parents, I jumped into action. I was certain that Jet Quest, the company I work for, could find these parents and get them to their children by flying them in our airplane.
It’s one of the world’s more exclusive clubs, made up of pilots whose job in the growing world of luxury superyachts is helicopter operations.
No one seems to know exactly how many pilots are actively engaged in this calling, but best estimates put the number at barely 50, based on the fact that no more than 50 superyachts worldwide can support helicopter operations.
ATR sent a pair of ATR 42-500s to Sri Lanka last month to deliver five tons of medicine, milk and clothing to tsunami victims. The two airplanes flew to the capital city of Colombo to unload their humanitarian freight before heading to Bangalore, India, from where Air Deccan now flies the regional turboprops in scheduled airline service.
The 17th annual Greater Washington Aviation Opengolf and tennis tournament held May 9 at the Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring, Md., raised a record $115,000 for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN). Since its inception the event has raised nearly $1 million for CAN
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” This is the Special Olympics athletes’ oath, and Citation owners and operators can help give them a chance to make the attempt.
Arinc Direct Flight Support Services is a suite of Web-enabled capabilities, including flight planning, flight following, weather briefs, aircraft messaging and a 24/7 flight coordinator staff for customer assistance. “Using our assessment tools, Arinc is able to pinpoint and home in on issues pertinent to its specific service challenges,” said Service Elements president Bob Hobbi.
Over the past several years, owners and manufacturers have begun to recognize aircraft product support as an increasingly vital function. Original equipment manufacturers with good service reputations work hard (and invest heavily) to defend their turf, while those who have made missteps are, in many cases, making significant investments of time, personnel, energy and money to “get it right.”
Smartsoft recently released Flight WTK 2.1, a new version of weight-and-balance software for cellphones that support Java scripts. The software performs both helicopter and airplane weight-and-balance calculations, and users can either download data for their aircraft model or manually input aircraft data. In addition, the $59.95 Smartsoft software can calculate runway crosswind and headwind components.
Commercial pilots are at a higher risk than the general public of developing cataracts because of exposure to cosmic rays while aloft, a study concluded. The Wall Street Journal reported that researchers at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik found that pilots had “triple the risk of developing” the eye ailment. Cataracts, which can be removed surgically, cloud the eye’s lens and cause blindness.