A team of students from the University of São Paulo in Brazil have claimed the top prize of €30,000 as winners of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013. Team Levar won for its proposal for a luggage loading and unloading system for airplane cargo compartments to reduce the workload of airport baggage handlers with an air cushion solution inspired by air hockey tables. Supported by Unesco, Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a biennial competition that challenges students worldwide to develop ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry.
The U.S. National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has honored Flexjet’s maintenance organization with a third consecutive Five Star Award, the association’s highest recognition offered for aviation maintenance technician training. To secure this standing, a company must have at least 90 percent of its AMTs participate in a qualified training program and complete a minimum of 12 hours of education per year. Flexjet achieved 100-percent participation from its maintenance technicians.
Today at the Paris Air Show, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University president Dr. John Johnson and Diamond Aircraft Industries CEO Christian Dries signed a partnership agreement to establish the aircraft manufacturer’s presence at the university’s Daytona Beach campus. Under the agreement, Diamond will expand its current international research and development program and other initiatives working with Embry-Riddle students, staff and faculty from the university’s engineering and aviation colleges, as well as its Eagle Flight Research Center.
FlightSafety International has received EASA approval for 49 of its practical maintenance training courses under Regulation 1149/2011.
The Aircraft Mechanics Program at Southern California’s Van Nuys Airport, a vital part of the local aviation community for more than 30 years, was almost forced to close its doors this year when its rent rose to $12,000 per month. Established by the Los Angeles Unified School District, and run by the district’s North Valley Occupational Center, the school trains nearly 200 students a year in airframe and powerplant maintenance.
FlightSafety International and Lufthansa HNA Technical Training have signed a cooperative agreement to expand FlightSafety’s Gulfstream maintenance training programs in China. Lufthansa HNA Technical Training instructors will deliver the training, which will initially include theoretical and practical maintenance training for the Gulfstream G200, G450 and G550.
King Schools announced several updates and additions to its online pilot training programs this week at the Sun ’n Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will roll out six new undergraduate and graduate degree programs over the next 18 months. Among the undergraduate offerings are aviation security, commercial space operations and global business, while the new master’s programs include aviation finance, engineering management and unmanned autonomous systems engineering. The programs will be split among the school’s Florida, Arizona and worldwide campus network.
Bell Helicopter is growing its own. The Textron subsidiary is using its innovative “boot camp” for college engineering majors to keep its talent pipeline full and to promote aerospace careers.
To promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education and stimulate student interaction in aviation and manufacturing, Build A Plane and GAMA announced a nationwide Stem educational competition. The winners of this competition, eight children in total, will receive free trips to the Glasair Aviation facilities in Arlington, Wash., to build two Glasair Sportsman aircraft in June. GAMA member companies, along with Glasair Aviation, are donating technical expertise, workspace, aircraft equipment and supplies to the competition.