Maintenance technicians at the Greenville, S.C. facility of Stevens Aviation brought home the gold–the FAA’s gold, that is. The FAA has again recognized the company for outstanding technical service. The FAA named Tim Kunkle 2004 Maintenance Technician of the Year, while Charles Jamison received the state’s 2004 Avionics Technician of the Year award.
The Life Flight Trust, operator of a Wellington, New Zealand-based Westpac Rescue BK 117B2, was named 2004 “Trust of the Year” at a recent awards dinner.
American Eurocopter opened its manufacturing, assembly and customization plant in Columbus, Miss., in October. The 85,500-sq-ft plant at Golden Triangle Regional Airport will employ a staff of 100 including technicians, manufacturing and support personnel.
The NTSB, which has long called for the FAA to require cockpit voice recorders on smaller turbine airplanes, is now calling for the installation of so-called “video image recorders.” Such recorders obtain not only audio information like that from CVRs and event data like that from FDRs, but also information about the environment outside the cockpit window.
Jet Aviation at London Biggin Hill Airport recently became the first company to be named by the Bromley Borough Chamber of Commerce as one of the best startup companies in South London. The first-time award recognized Jet Aviation for its “outstanding contribution toward helping the area to become one of the most successful business communities in the UK.” Jet Aviation opened its Biggin Hill FBO in 2001.
Pentastar Aviation has signed a five-year ground handling contract with Daimler- Chrysler Aviation for its Airbus A319 shuttle. Located at Oakland County International Airport (PTK), Pentastar Aviation will provide maintenance, fueling, passenger processing, cleaning, security, catering to DaimlerChrysler Aviation’s Airbus A319 shuttle, the Transatlantic Star. The aircraft can accommodate up to 48 passengers in executive seats.
L.J. Aviation of Latrobe, Pa. has been awarded the FAA’s Diamond Award Certificate of Excellence. The award recognizes an organization’s commitment to the highest standards of safety by providing on-going training and education. To qualify, at least 25 percent of eligible employees must participate in the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Program.
Frank Piasecki, president and founder of Piasecki Aircraft, has been awarded the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Trophy. A reception was held at a Senate office building in Washington, D.C., followed by
a ceremony at the museum, where Piasecki was presented with the award.
Congratulations to “the Henry Ford of helicopters,” Frank Robinson, who was presented with the Howard Hughes Memorial Award at a reception in Los Angeles recently. The 26th recipient of the award–a solid silver medal cast from ore extracted from Hughes’s Nevada mines–joins luminaries such as Jack Northrop, Jimmy Doolittle and Chuck Yeager on the list of honorees.
Imperial Transport, flying a Citation 501, and US Smokeless Tobacco Brands, operating two Challenger 601s, received the “Spirit of Noise Abatement” awards for last year for achieving the lowest average sound level for a single jet and a fleet operation, respectively, at Westchester County Airport (HPN), White Plains, N.Y.