Spectrum Aeromed added three engineers. Jerick Hedges will be responsible for design, drafting and structural analysis of manufactured products, and will write the STC approval reports. Hedges was an intern at the company before his recent graduation from North Dakota State University (NDSU). Engineer Craig Hedstrom, also a 2014 NDSU grad with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, will be a mechanical engineering intern. Ryan Rensink has joined the company in the newly created position of quality engineer.
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North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test range may have been first to receive an FAA certificate of authorization (COA), but the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) this week laid claim to the first test-site mission.
The FAA announced today that the University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test site is the second of six to become operational. It has granted the University of Alaska Fairbanks a certificate of waiver or authorization (COA) authorizing flights by an Aeryon Scout small UAS for animal surveys at its Pan-Pacific UAS test range in Fairbanks. The COA is effective for two years, and the team began wildlife flight operations today.
Wichita State University has risen to second among the nation’s universities in aeronautical research and development expenditures, according to the latest information from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.
Pratt & Whitney has established a Center of Excellence at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Engineering for research in the field of aviation propulsion systems. The company will work with UConn on fundamental and applied research initiatives that support the design and development of more efficient gas turbine engines.
Steven Levesque has been appointed president of Hawthorne Corp. headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, following the sudden death of former president Dean Harton in March. Levesque was previously senior vice president of Hawthorne. He had been with the company from 1995 to 1998 and then rejoined it in 2007. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
The latest iteration of what was the Visionaire Vantage single-engine jet still has a pulse, although progress has slowed considerably. The twin-engine EV-20 design is now in the hands of engineering students at Iowa State University.
The NTSB has written a comprehensive letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recommending that all university athletic departments emulate Oklahoma State University’s revised team travel policy. In January 2001 a Beech King Air 200 crashed near Strasburg, Colo., after an electrical failure, killing all on board–two pilots and eight members of the OSU basketball team.
FBO operator, aircraft service provider and management specialist Pentastar Aviation (Booth No. 3351) has recently named a new president and CEO. Rick Maloney is an aviation industry veteran with 30 years of experience including positions as United Airlines vice president for flight operations, as well as the carrier’s system chief pilot.
After a competitive tender, San Diego County has approved a sheriff’s department request to buy a new Bell 407. The $1.9 million cost will be funded by an urban initiative grant and state homeland security equipment funds.