American Eurocopter recently received level-D certification and is now authorized to repair and overhaul tailbooms and stabilizers for the EC 135. The company can now perform all tailboom repairs for the EC 135, EC 145, BO 105 and BK 117 at its facility in Grand Prairie, Texas.
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Purdue University has received a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Air Force to establish a new facility to test aircraft engines and develop alternative fuels. The National Test Facility for Fuels and Propulsion–which is expected to open late this year or early next–will be located at Purdue Airport in the school’s Niswonger Aviation Technology Building.
The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has been awarded a nearly $50 million six-year research grant from the Air Force to develop advanced fuels and combustion technologies. The award follows last year’s $10 million contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory to design and operate the new Assured Aerospace Fuels Research Laboratory at nearby Wright-Patterson AFB.
The crash of an aeromedical Cessna Citation 550 into Lake Michigan more than two years ago has prompted the NTSB to recommend that the FAA require all Part 91K and Part 135 operators to incorporate upset recovery and related checklists and procedures into their training programs.
GFK Flight Support at Mark Andrews International Airport in Grand Forks, N.D., has signed with The Hiller Group to supply the FBO with Phillips 66 fuel and equipment. GFK built a new FBO facility last year, featuring a large crew lounge and rest quarters and new crew cars as well as wireless Internet access. The company also offers maintenance, charter and flight-training services. To promote the new
Air BP is giving customers the chance to win tickets to games at the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa. Tickets will go to winners in a fantasy soccer competition in which competitors have to pick players from England’s Premier League and they score points based on the performance of these players in the current season.
Parker Hannifin’s Parker Aerospace division is exhibiting new fuel tank and engine nozzle technologies at this year’s NBAA show, as well as flight control, hydraulic, water and waste-system components that it manufactures for a variety of OEMs. Parker’s fuel-filtration and water-coalescing system eliminates water as it is uploaded in the fuel tanks, uniting the water molecules and removing them.
Handling company Colt International (Booth No. 2211) announced here the grand opening of its new operations facility in São Paulo, Brazil. “With the opening of this facility, we’re making significant investments in Colt’s South American-based infrastructure,” said president Malcolm Hawkins. A local Portuguese- and Spanish-
On Oct. 21, 1927, pioneer aviator Charles Lindbergh stopped at Atlantic Aviation’s Wilmington, Del. facility on his way from Atlantic City to Philadelphia. Now, 82 years later, Atlantic (Booth No. 5115) is focusing on a bit of history at this year’s NBAA Convention by exhibiting an aircraft registry dating back to 1929. The document was signed by Amelia Earhart, Lindbergh and Admiral William “Bull” Halsey.
Fluctuations in the price of jet fuel during the past two years, coupled with the uncertain economy, have steered many operators and flight departments toward alternative fuel purchasing choices in an effort to reduce costs. Contract fueling programs are thus gaining popularity among business aviation operators.