NASA formally delivered new technologies designed to help pilots in the Alaskan wilderness make better flight decisions, especially when disconnected from the Internet, telephone, flight services and other data sources. Peter Worden, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and the facility’s aeronautics director, Thomas Edwards, met with Alaskan officials on October 6 to detail the system known as Traffic and Atmospheric Information for General Aviation (Taiga), a collection of open-source algorithms, concepts and data.
All-you-can-fly membership charter firm Surf Air is expanding service to Carlsbad, Calif., beginning November 18 and to Oakland, Calif., beginning December 15. The expansion is facilitated by the delivery of the company’s first three Pilatus PC-12NGs, doubling Surf Air’s PC-12 fleet. It recently placed an order for 65 (15 firm, 50 options) of the Swiss-made turboprop singles, and Surf Air plans to take delivery of nine more PC-12NGs next year.
Federal and city officials in the Los Angeles area have been unsuccessful in their attempts to identify the owner/operator of a small drone seen by the pilots of an airliner on August 4 while they were on final approach into Los Angeles International Airport The pilots reported the drone 10 miles east of the airport at 4,000 feet, well inside the airport’s Class B airspace.
A Part 16 complaint about Santa Monica Airport (SMO) was filed on July 2 with the FAA by AOPA, NBAA, airport businesses, local aircraft owners and a corporate operator that often flies into the Southern California airport. The complaint seeks to settle the issue of when the city, which owns and operates the 227-acre airport, is no longer subject to grant assurance obligations that require it to keep the airport open.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Thomas Anderson director of product support for its site at Long Beach Airport, Calif. Anderson, who will oversee operations there, joined Gulfstream in 2002 and has been a senior manager of final-phase operations for the G550 and G450; senior manager of final phase; and manager of the premium furniture woodshop. His 26-year career includes 13 years in Long Beach with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing in materials and interior operations and two years as general manager of an aerospace tube-and-duct fabrication facility in Vista, Calif.
In recent years, major aerospace companies such as BAE Systems, Boeing and EADS have all expressed interest in lighter-than-air and hybrid air vehicles, for ISR and remote heavy airlift applications. But apart from HAV, only Lockheed Martin (LM) has progressed beyond the drawing board.
In the 1990s, prompted by Fred Smith of Federal Express, the renowned Skunk Works in Palmdale, California, studied concepts for a huge cargo-carrying hybrid named the Aerocraft.
NBAA, AOPA, airport businesses, local aircraft owners and a corporate operator have filed a Part 16 complaint with the FAA about California’s Santa Monica Airport. The complaint seeks to settle the issue of when the city, which owns and operates the airport, is no longer subject to grant assurance obligations that require it to keep the airport open. While the city believes that its obligations expire on July 1 next year, the complainants claim that a 2003 request by the city to amend the last grant agreement extended the period of time that the airport must remain open to August 2023.
In the ongoing battle to keep Santa Monica Airport from closing, on June 10 a group delivered more than 15,000 signatures to city hall to place a vote about the airport on the ballot later this year.
Santa Monica Airport proponents launched two efforts yesterday that accuse city council and airport commission members of financial conflicts of interest in the city’s efforts to close Santa Monica Airport (SMO). Santa Monica Airport Association (SMAA) sent a letter to city attorney Marsha Moutrie alleging that council members Tony Vazquez and Ted Winterer, who both own homes in Santa Monica, have a financial conflict of interest with regards to votes they have made and will make as members of the city council.
Gulfstream Aerospace has expanded its worldwide service and support network by opening a parts and materials distribution center near Los Angeles. The 5,000-sq-ft facility at Van Nuys Airport primarily serves Gulfstream customers in the western U.S. and Canada, shortening delivery times and minimizing shipping costs.
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