Frank Lanza, 74, cofounder, chairman and CEO of L-3 Communications, died suddenly on June 6. During his career, Lanza was v-p of Textron’s Dalmo Victor; president of Loral Electronic Systems; president and COO of Loral; executive v-p of Lockheed Martin; and president and COO of Lockheed’s C3I and Systems Integration sector. Lanza helped build Loral into a leading defense firm. He cofounded L-3 in 1997.
Aviation International News » July 2006
Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman of FlightSafety International, will receive The Wings Club’s 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award, which honors outstanding accomplishments in the field of aviation and aeronautics.
Jordan Pape was named v-p and general manager of Eugene, Ore.-based Flightcraft. Previously he was assigned to the corporate finance department of The Pape Group.
Brad Thomann has been named senior v-p of training for Jeppesen/Alteon and is also serving as executive v-p at Alteon. He was previously a line pilot, instructor and flight manager for United Airlines.
– Congress took a 10-day break over the Memorial Day holiday and on its return faced a number of issues that had been left in the holding pattern. Senate Democrats filibustered an attempt to eliminate the so-called “death tax,” and Republicans fell three votes short of what it would take to break the filibuster, so the current exemptions of $2 million of an individual’s estate and $4 million of a married couple’s estate still stand.
Testifying before the House space and aeronautics subcommittee last month, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) president and CEO John Douglass said NASA must take specific and immediate action to meet a coming workforce crisis head on, and the aerospace industry can help.
The Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) vision of providing safe, reliable and affordable air transportation for every community in America will move a step closer to reality later this year when DayJet begins per-seat on-demand operations in Florida.
An aircraft accident happens, on average, three or more times a day in the U.S. If people die in such an accident, investigators from the NTSB are sure to be involved in trying to figure out what happened.
Sikorsky S-76B, New York, Oct. 11, 2005–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the pilot flying to maintain adequate aft hover clearance from a fence, and the PIC’s delayed remedial action. A factor was the dark night.
Bell 206L-4 LongRanger, Washington, La., Dec. 30, 2005–The NTSB determined that the cause of a LongRanger accident was a collision with a bird, and said that with the pilot’s impaired vision, directional control was not possible.
FB 320 Hansa, Chesterfield, Mo., Nov. 30, 2004–The NTSB labeled the maintenance facility’s failure to properly install and inspect the elevator trim system, resulting in a reversed elevator trim condition, and the pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from the terrain the probable cause of the Hansa jet accident. Contributing factors included the dark night and low ceiling.
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