A Washington Airports Task Force (WATF) survey last November showed that 90 percent of residents living close to Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) are regular air travelers and 87 percent considered the airport to be a neighborhood asset. In its August newsletter, the non-profit, pro-aviation coalition contrasted its efforts with those of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW) in Texas.
Helicopters have traditionally gotten short shrift in the movies. Either they are blowing up and then burning (or blowing up and burning simultaneously) or serving the interests of the bad guys.
Jim McCotter, president and CEO of Maverick Jets of Melbourne, Fla. (formerly McCotter Aviation), said a production jet is still in the works, but that all information about it is proprietary. “We don’t need investors so we have no need to release pre-sales or marketing information,” he told AIN. Furthermore, the MC 2400 designation used previously has been dropped, he said.
At its general assembly last month, the European Regions Airline Association commended AIN regional airlines editor Gregory Polek, below, for his article, "Europe's regional carriers blaze path toward recovery" (July 2002, page 82), which had been submitted for the Hank McGonagle ERA Award for Journalistic Excellence.
The FAA has decided that automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) will use a combination of the 1090-MHz extended squitter surveillance link for air carrier and private/commercial operators of high-performance aircraft, and the universal access transceiver (UAT) surveillance link for the typical general aviation user.
Winners of this year’s Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service talk to Curt Epstein about the past, present and future of helicopter use in firefighting. Click here to watch.
Garmin introduced its latest portable GPS receiver, the GPSMAP 196, at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Typically priced at $999, the new unit features an improved processor, 320 by 240 pixel monochrome display, pop-up map details and a panel-like page that shows facsimiles of an HSI, airspeed indicator, atltimeter, turn-and-bank indicator and a vertical-speed indicator.
Rockwell Collins announced it has completed a series of FAA evaluation flights meant to test automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) and cockpit display of traffic information (CDTI) avionics. The tests, designed specifically to assess the concepts during airport surface operations, were conducted at Memphis (Tenn.) International Airport as part of the FAA’s ongoing Safeflight 21 program.
Movie stars tend to get what they want, so when comic actor Adam Sandler asked to borrow Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopter for a cameo appearance in his new film Mr. Deeds, Sikorsky said yes.
Nimbus Group, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. company that recently failed to obtain sufficient financing to complete its proposed purchase of 1,000 Eclipse 500 entry-level twinjets, has signed a letter of intent to swap shares of stock with Miami-based Horizons Aviation. If the agreement is approved, the controlling shareholders of Horizons will own a controlling share of Nimbus.