Bakersfield, Calif.-based specialized response and flight training company SRT Helicopters (Booth No. 6808) is justifiably proud of its student practical examination record. According to company owner Christian Gadbois, SRT Helicopters boasts a 100-percent first-time pass rate for all students taking all levels of FAA practical flight exams over the eight years of the Part 61 flight school’s existence.
Antoine Ajarrista was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Dassault Falcon’s Little Rock completion center. Ajarrista served as senior vice president of operational control at the Little Rock facility for the past three-and-a-half years. A graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris, with a master’s of science degree in engineering, Ajarrista was production director at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac facility before moving to Little Rock.
After four decades in aviation, having seen the best–and worst–of the industry, I am still moved by some of the unheralded work of the folks who work in and around aviation. While the heroes of flight (yes, Sully, you are one of them) do get the recognition they justly deserve, there are others in all kinds of occupations who do amazing work for little, if any, public recognition.
If Charles Dickens were to make a prediction about the state of aircraft maintenance in 2012, he might say it will be the best of times and the worst of times. The good news is business is picking up; the bad news is there are problems.
A business jet captain pursuing a master’s degree at Embry-Riddle is asking pilots at Part 91 turbine operators to take a survey to help with her degree capstone project.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) and Honda Aircraft have announced the development of the industry’s first certification for aerospace coatings applicators. Jason O’Neal, Michael Garza, Eliot Ewald and Jeffrey Varner, all Honda Aircraft employees, are the first four recipients of the new certification.
Barrington Irving, founder of Experience Aviation, will use a donated Embraer Phenom 100 light jet as a flying classroom to encourage students to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math (Stem). Entrepreneur and philanthropist Fabio Alexander is providing the jet, with “continuing support” covered by Embraer, for Experience Aviation’s “Journey for Knowledge” program.
Some 50 students from a Las Vegas magnet school crowded the Mitsubishi MU-2 exhibit to hear Barrington Irving describe his around-the-world flight in a Columbia 400, in his own words.
Charleston S.C.-based Advanced Aircrew Academy now offers two international procedures training options as well as a new OSHA training course for aircraft maintenance technicians and pilots. International procedures training can be accessed through the company’s online distance-learning system or in classroom sessions conducted at the customer’s facility.
Bristow is offering a new six-day course, “Wildland Fire Orientation for Rotary Wing Pilots,” covering “basic knowledge of fire behavior, wildland fire operations and the role of helicopters in fire suppression and prescribed burning.” Students will participate in two modules developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG): S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior and S-130 Firefighter Training.