Imagine being a new aircraft manufacturer and having Gene Cernan and Bob Hoover check out your airplane in one day. It happened yesterday to Jim McCotter, president and CEO of Maverick Jets, at the Maverick booth (No. 3915) when the astronaut and the aerobatic pilot each tried out the pilot’s seat of the mockup of the sleek personal jet (there’s an airplane at Static Display No. 21, also).
USAIG (Booth No. 2621) and its managers, United States Aviation Underwriters, this week announced the start of a year-long celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary. The New York-based company was launched in 1928 and has insured such well-known personalities as Lieutenant James (Jimmy) Dolittle’s first instrument flight and such tragedies as the crash of the airship Hindenburg.
Rosen Products is making a splash in the new product pool with announcement of the integration of Honeywell’s OneView satellite-direct television into its cabin entertainment system and introduction of a new wide-aspect ratio flat-panel monitor.
The GE T58-powered Maverick TwinJet is available only as a kit, but now McCotter Aviation, which purchased 90 percent of Penrose, Colo.-based Maverick Air in March, plans to develop a certified production airplane based on the Maverick dubbed the MC 2400. James McCotter, a Beaver Creek, Colo. businessman with interests in media and real estate, is president and principal owner of McCotter Aviation.
Graham Swannell, CEO; Donald Joseph, president; and Geoffrey Danes, director of operations, research and development–the three principals of Explorer Aircraft–had expected to move into the company’s 14,000-sq-ft “certification facility” in an industrial park on Jasper County (Texas) Bell Field over Christmas.
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.
Efforts to relieve congestion at Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport were dealt a blow last month when the Mexican government abandoned plans to build a new international airport at Texcoco. The project, which was approved just last October, was scrapped following violent protests by local farmers.
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.
Blackhawk Modifications acquired a new product development facility in Elizabethtown, N.C. The new hangar on Curtis Brown Field will host a team of experts to expand Blackhawk’s portfolio of FAA-approved STCs.