Officials from the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In and the Polk County (Fla.) School Board last month broke ground on a $7.5 million facility that will house the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), an aviation-oriented high school/career academy at the Sun ’n’ Fun organization’s Lakeland (Fla.) Airport headquarters. The facility will house up to 500 high school students at CFAA when it opens in August next year.
Aviation International News » May 2010
David Rimmer, executive v-p of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based ExcelAire, told AIN that he believes the charter industry is entering its next upcycle.
Garmin announced at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., last month that its Pilot My-Cast aviation weather, flight planning and flight-plan filing application for U.S. and Canadian pilots is now available for Google Android smartphones. The application is also available on BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows Mobile smartphones. Subscriptions cost $9.99 per month.
Hawker Beechcraft revamped its global sales management team with the appointment of six new vice presidents. On the Hawker side of the company, Jim Christiansen, most recently president of NetJets Aviation, was chosen as v-p of sales for the central U.S.
Cessna Aircraft celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Caravan turboprop single at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In last month in Lakeland, Fla. The manufacturer expects to deliver its 2,000th Caravan, a Grand Caravan, later this year. The Caravan fleet has logged more than 12.5 million flight hours.
Just shy of four years since voting in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the pilots at fractional provider Flight Options approved their first contract early last month. In late January, the pilot group and company management reached a tentative agreement, which was subsequently approved by 88 percent of the union’s members.
The fatal runway overrun accident of a Learjet 60 on Sept. 19, 2008, in Columbia, S.C., has generated a flood of information about the dangers of low tire pressure and aborted takeoffs.
Greatly underinflated tires and a rejected takeoff after V1 were the probable causes of the 2008 crash of a Learjet 60 while attempting to depart the Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport (CAE) for a nighttime flight to Van Nuys, Calif., according to the NTSB.
A lawsuit recently filed involving a charter operator versus the Massachusetts airport at which it is based could set a precedent regarding what constitutes an ATC clearance.
The first geostationary satellite for India’s Gagan GPS space-based augmentation system (SBAS)–essentially similar to Waas–was lost on April 15 when its launch rocket’s second-stage cryogenic engine failed to ignite. That followed the early-April loss of Intelsat’s Galaxy 15 geosat, which was carrying the FAA’s Pacific Waas transponder.