LiChing Liu Tsai is Taiwanese by birth and an industrial designer by profession. It was three years ago that she was hired by Kalogridis International to turn owner and president George Kalogridis’ dream into reality.
Aviation International News » February 2007
The spring semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s (ERAU) Daytona Beach, Fla. campus started only six days late last month despite a Christmas Day tornado that destroyed campus buildings and almost two-thirds of the school’s single- and twin-engine piston flight-training fleet. No one was injured in the storm, which the National Weather Service classified as an F2 (causing considerable damage).
To keep up with changing times and meet the needs of the industry, the maintenance sector needs more freedom to provide technicians with real-world training and support the development of clear industry standards, according to attendees at the final Future of Aviation Maintenance Summit, held late last year at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Virginia Beach, Va.
AIN welcomes two new staff editors. Curt Epstein, experienced as a science and tech reporter, comes to us from the broadcast tv business on New York’s Long Island and brings with him a lifelong interest in things aeronautical. Ian Twombly most recently worked at the government affairs division of AOPA, and if the name sounds otherwise familiar, it might be because his father, Mark, was an AIN editor in the 1980s.
Able Flight awarded scholarships to Brad Jones and Stephany Glassing. Jones and Glassing became paralyzed as the result of separate automobile accidents. The scholarships, sponsored by Jet Aviation, will fund flight training for them in a specially equipped airplane provided by Hansen Air Group.
William Horn Jr. a retired air force colonel, NBAA employee and aviation consultant, died on December 14. He was 85.
He was a member of the Army Air Force, serving in World War II, and was manager of airspace and ATC services for NBAA from 1973 to 1984. He is survived by three children, two sisters and three grandchildren.
Kerry Trosper was named general manager for Landmark Aviation’s Wichita Falls, Texas FBO. He was most recently line service manager at Kerrville Aviation in Kerrville, Texas. James Wilson was named general manager of the Dulles, Va. location. He was previously sales manager for Landmark Aviation’s charter and management business.
Bell OH-58A, St. Augustine, Fla., June 29, 2005–The compressor section of the Bell’s engine failed for undetermined reasons, the NTSB said, causing the loss of engine power during initial climb.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Bonifay, Fla., Feb. 5, 2005–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the crash of the Lance Aviation JetRanger on takeoff was the commercial pilot’s failure to maintain a climb after takeoff and his continued descent. A factor was the dark night. The pilot’s wife, who was watching him take off, said that at about 75 to 100 feet, the helicopter assumed a slight nose-low descending attitude and suddenly hit the ground.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Parker, Colo., Aug. 4, 2005–The NTSB blamed the accident on the commercial pilot’s failure to fly a stabilized instrument approach at night. Contributing factors were the dark night and low clouds, the inadequate design and function of the airport facility’s minimum safe altitude warning system (MSAW), and the FAA’s inadequate procedure for updating information to air traffic controllers.