Human Interest

August 7, 2014 - 2:05pm

NBAA will award Robert “Bob” Hoover and R.W.“Bill” de Decker with its Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, respectively. The awards, among the highest ones given by the association, will be presented in October at the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. The Meritorious Service to Aviation award is given to individuals who, by virtue of a lifetime of personal dedication, have made significant identifiable contributions that have materially advanced aviation interests.

July 27, 2014 - 12:00pm

Flight training provider King Schools, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, launched its second Alaskan Flying Adventure Sweepstakes today at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis. Husband and wife training legends John and Martha King kicked off the contest, the winner of which will receive an Alaskan flying vacation for two valued at approximately $9,500, including a bush flying course and a chance to earn an add-on seaplane rating.

July 9, 2014 - 11:55am

Pro Star Aviation has promoted Kurt Kitner from avionics installations lead to avionics installations manager. Kitner has been working as an installations lead since Pro Star Aviation’s founding in 1998. Before he joined Pro Star, Kitner worked at Stead Aviation in Manchester, N.H. for 10 years as both a mechanic and installations technician. He obtained his A&P certification through the U.S. Marine Corps, where he worked as a crew chief and mechanic.

June 16, 2014 - 1:00pm

Retired Brazilian soccer star Fernandao Lúcio da Costa and four others died June 7 in central Brazil in the nighttime crash of a Helibras HB350BA Esquilo helicopter. The privately owned helicopter took off in calm, clear skies at 1:25 a.m. from a river beach in Araunã, 220 miles from the state capital Goiânia, and traveled less than 1,000 feet before crashing with sufficient force to separate the cabin and tail. On June 13, a Cessna CitationJet carrying mourners to a funeral mass for Fernandao crashed at Araunã, but everyone on board survived.

June 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

Zodiac Aerospace finalized the acquisition of Denton, Texas-based BBJ completions center and bizliner cabin interior component manufacturer Greenpoint Technologies. Greenpoint employs 450 people and has annual revenues of approximately $150 million. Zodiac said the acquisition will further enhance its competencies in completing cabin interiors for large private jets, and that it “will support Greenpoint’s development and bring its skills in cabin certification and its know-how in the design and manufacturing of interiors components.”

June 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

Zodiac Aerospace finalized the acquisition of Denton, Texas-based BBJ completions center and bizliner cabin interior component manufacturer Greenpoint Technologies. Greenpoint employs 450 people and has annual revenues of approximately $150 million. Zodiac said the acquisition will further enhance its competencies in completing cabin interiors for large private jets, and that it “will support Greenpoint’s development and bring its skills in cabin certification and its know-how in the design and manufacturing of interiors components.”

June 5, 2014 - 2:10pm

Wheels Up displayed its first Cessna-refurbished Citation XLS during a preview event yesterday at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. The company announced in December that it would add refurbished Citation Sovereigns and Excel/XLSs to its closed membership fleet of King Air 350is. The recently delivered XLS is one of 10 it will take this year. By year-end, Wheels Up expects to have 27 King Air 350is, 10 Citation Excel/XLSs and five VistaJet Global 5000s.

June 4, 2014 - 12:40pm

Banyan Air Service honored its employees and celebrated its ninth annual Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT Day) on May 23, paying tribute to Charles Taylor, the first AMT. Taylor built Orville and Wilbur Wright’s engine.

May 27, 2014 - 3:20pm

Kings of the Air is completing the restoration of the first King Air, S/N LJ-1, for a flight around the world, the fledgling nonprofit group announced today–the 50th anniversary of the King Air’s FAA certification.

May 26, 2014 - 12:30pm

The NTSB recently released preliminary findings on the April 26 accident in Port Orange, Fla., in which a Cessna Citation CJ3 overran the runway and came to rest in a pond about 600 feet from the end of the hard surface. Investigators said the pilot reported landing “long” (about two-thirds down the 4,000-foot runway) and then realized he wouldn’t be able to stop on the runway. A weather observation at the time of the mishap indicates there was a four-knot tailwind.

 
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