In December of this year Jim Jackson, who developed what is arguably one of the most successful and innovative aerospace education programs at the high-school level, will be retiring after 33 years of teaching at Mundelein (Ill.) High Schooll. MHS boasts the only aviation curriculum in the country that includes building real aircraft in addition to ground school and flight-simulator instruction.
Aviation International News » August 2001
It is common knowledge within the field of aviation that there is a diminishing pool of pilots and mechanics from which to fill a growing demand. But the situation is not quite so simple. Gary Kiteley, executive director of the University Aviation Association, said that while enrollments in collegiate aviation programs began increasing about three years ago, it is important to consider the inherent time lag in producing viable employees.
A major expansion of business aircraft facilities at the Monterey (Calif.) Peninsula Airport (MRY) is under way, thanks to growing airport congestion in the San Francisco Bay Area and MRY’s reputation for world-class golf courses.
Water. It’s rather simple stuff really. Two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen, bound together by positive and negative electrical charges. Pure and clean. Turn the tap and out it comes. So simple we often take it for granted. But should we?
Even though the FAA’s new standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars) has begun a nationwide “road show” in a 28-ft-long van, the Transportation Department’s inspector general has warned Congress that deploying Stars within the current estimated cost and schedule “remains at risk.”
What does it really take to start a Part 135 operation? Talking with pilots reveals confusion and intimidation about the requirements. One is sure to hear stories about the mountains of paperwork and inviting the “devil in your bed” by asking the FAA to oversee your operation.
The recent article in AIN covering the Rolls-Royce and PMA business surrounding the Model 250 engines was nice to read (“Rolls, Extex, Aviall sort out new business basis,” June, page 82), but it’s a shame that the writer did not solicit input from the former Rolls-Royce AMC network. You remember AMCs? We were the guys who, some 20 years ago, did all the work to support the 250 engines in the field.
Today’s economy probably has less effect on corporate aircraft use than most believe. Understanding how the economy affects business aviation requires an understanding of how the nature of business aircraft use has changed over the past 15 years or so, according to Barbara Beyer, president of Arlington, Va.-based Avmark.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held last month for a new control tower for Ohio’s Port Columbus International Airport, home of Executive Jet’s operational headquarters and customer service center. The FAA said the tower is the first of its type in the nation. Unique features include a 16-sided cab that provides a viewing area interrupted by only three structural columns, allowing a 120-deg span of clear vision between the columns.
Okay trivia buffs, where’s the highest control tower in the world? Before you say Quito, La Paz or Kathmandu, an extra qualifier–the highest above the landing surface. The answer is Vancouver, British Columbia. But not the tower at Vancouver International Airport, whose cab is a puny 142 ft above the airport surface.