Two teams, one American and one Canadian, are poised to capture the Ansari X Prize by mid-October, having announced initial launch dates of their privately funded suborbital space vehicles within days of each other.
Aviation International News » September 2004
While most people in aviation know Eurocopter builds a successful line of turbine helicopters, few probably know that the company’s Donauwörth, Germany facility produces more than two-thirds of all Airbus doors or that Eurocopter Deutschland is the prime door contractor for the A380 megaliner. In fact, Eurocopter Deutschland holds more than 30 active patents in the field of airplane door production.
The pilot and his passenger escaped with minor injuries after their King Air A90 was severely damaged during a crash landing at Ferguson Airport, Pensacola, Fla., on August 17. The turboprop twin, N45TT, was taking off for a post-maintenance test flight when it turned to return to the airport. VMC prevailed.
Marquis Jet card owners and guests now have access to medical support from the famed Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minn., while they are on a NetJets aircraft or at their destination anywhere in the world, 24 hours per day. Marquis Jet sells 25-hour blocks of travel time exclusively on NetJets aircraft.
West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., received an amendment to its August 2003 Learjet 35/36 STC that adds RVSM equipment installation approval to airplanes equipped with FC-530 and FC-200 autopilots, various wing configurations, and Avcon and Raisbeck mods. The avionics package for all aircraft in the amended STC is essentially the same as the original.
Pennsylvania will provide more than $4 million in state-aid grants to pay for improvements at six airports heavily used by general aviation: $1.5 million for a new runway, taxi turnaround and ramp at Allegheny County; $225,000 for T-hangars at Berks County; $45,000 for new runway lighting and a beacon at Dauphin County; $450,000 for a passenger terminal building at Elk County; $1.05 million for a GA terminal at Fayette County; and $1.1 million
The California legislature didn’t transfer $745,000 left over from last year’s aeronautical budget into the general fund, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had proposed, according to AOPA. Over the last two years, some $10.8 million of aeronautics funding was lost to the general fund to bring down the state’s massive budget deficit.
NASA has charged the National Institute for Aviation Research, an aerospace research and development laboratory based in Wichita and associated with Wichita State University, with developing national standards for composite materials used in aircraft manufacturing.
The fifth annual corporate aviation golf tournament organized by Houston-based handling agent Air Routing International raised $5,000 for the Corporate Angel Network, the White Plains, N.Y., organization that arranges for cancer patients to fly in empty seats on regularly scheduled corporate aircraft trips.
The TAG Aviation board of directors has approved the construction of a new operations and executive terminal building at Farnborough. The complex will include a terminal with full passenger and crew amenities, as well as extensive office accommodation for based operators. Work will begin this month, and the facility is scheduled to open for business in early 2006.