For a pilot, there are many ways to describe heroism; risking one’s health and possibly career to alleviate the suffering of another certainly ranks among the definitions. Dale Hofstetter, 49, a corporate pilot for St. Louis-based Monsanto, did just that in January when he donated a kidney to the son of one of the company’s flight administration staff.
Organizers of the 2007 European Business Aviation Award, which is to be presented during the seventh annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva from May 22 to 24, have issued a call for nominations. The deadline is April 20. EBACE show promoters the European Business Aviation Association and NBAA jointly organize the award.
Japanese investigators have determined that
a missing support arm bolt caused the nosegear hatch on an All Nippon Airways Bombardier Q400 to jam as it approached Kochi Airport on March 13, forcing the turboprop twin to land on its nose and prompting authorities to ground all Bombardier
Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich., is doubling its warranty on all its turbine and piston rotorcraft to two years or 1,000 hours. In addition, the company said all gearboxes are “fully prorated for their published lifetimes.” At Heli-Expo in March, Enstrom announced a single-piece tail-rotor pitch link on the company’s three- to five-seat 480B light turbine helicopter.
ived the FAA’s prestigious Charles Taylor Award, which recognizes lifetime accomplishments of senior aircraft mechanics.
Karl Stuhmer, Raytheon Aircraft’s field representative in the Rocky Mountain region, received the award in recognition of his vast contributions to the aviation community
by helping and teaching both customers and fellow technicians.
Raytheon Aircraft received Part 23 commuter category certification of a King Air 350, a milestone in the company’s plan eventually to offer a Model 350ER special-mission version of the twin turboprop. This new aircraft has been modified with a heftier landing gear, as well as several other airframe mods, permitting it to operate at an mtow of 16,500 pounds, 1,500 pounds more than that of a standard 350.
Boundary Layer Research, the Everett, Wash. company that developed winglets for the Beech Duke some 10 years ago, is now designing winglets for King Air 200s and 300s. A prototype has been flying since late last summer. An announcement sent in December to King Air operators to gauge their interest in such a modification garnered an “overwhelming” response, claimed company president Bob Desroche.
Era Helicopters of Lake Charles, La., announced that it has signed a 20-aircraft order with Eurocopter. The contract is for eight EC 145 intermediate-twin-turbine helicopters, eight EC 135 light-twin helicopters and four AS 350B2 single-turbine helicopters. Deliveries are expected to begin next year. Era’s current fleet includes EC 120s, AS 350B2s, EC 135s, BK 117s and BO 105s.
European Air-Crane, an affiliate of Erickson Air-Crane, has assisted Vestas Wind Systems of Denmark in erecting a dozen three-megawatt wind turbine generators near the Italian mountain village of Ricigliano.
Nominations are being accepted for the 2007 European Business Aviation Award, which is to be presented during the seventh annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, to be held from May 22 to 25. The award is intended to honor individuals, companies or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe.