After a span of 30 years the space shuttle program ended on July 21 when Atlantis landed safely at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The landing represented the conclusion of the 135th flight of the reusable space plane, and for me, the end of the only manned space program I had ever really known.
Associated Air Center, StandardAero’s large transport-category VIP aircraft completions center in Dallas, has developed a full-scale airframe mockup for creating and testing new designs, fabrications and systems on Boeing Business Jets.
The U.S. Air Force/Boeing X-37B spacecraft returned to earth by landing at Vandenberg AFB in California on December 3. Aside from some damage from space debris and a blown tire on rollout, the 244-day flight was a success, said officials.
FedEx Express is converting its entire fleet of 250 Cessna 208 Caravans from de-icer boots to CAV Aerospace TKS ice-protection systems and Garmin G600
Maintenance, completion and refurbishment specialist Flying Colours delivered its first Challenger 850 green completion in December and the program is ramping up, according to director of sales and marketing Sean Gillespie.
Six more Challenger 850s are in the completion pipeline at the company’s Peterborough, Ontario facility and at JetCorp, its U.S.-based company in St. Louis.
One of the founders and innovators of the TKS anti-icing system plans to launch the world’s first environmentally friendly anti-icing fluid called TKS Sustain, based on propane diol rather than the more traditional ethylene glycol. Kilfrost, exhibiting here at Booth No. 5513, has submitted the product for certification and expects to gain approval to market it this coming winter.
Global airlines are still suffering reduced demand for flights, but the Virgin Group’s dream of launching passenger flights into space has received a boost in the form of significant new investment from Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments. The Middle East firm will invest about $280 million to take a 32-percent stake in Virgin Galactic, valuing the subsidiary at almost $900 million.
President Obama reportedly is set to name former astronaut Charles Bolden Jr. the next NASA Administrator. A meeting between the two that was set for May 18 was postponed because of a White House visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The NASA Authorization Act of 2008, which cleared Congress on September 27, gives the agency $208.4 million more for aeronautics research than last year’s budget.
The 96-month inspection of a Challenger 604 gave JetCorp’s St. Louis facility the downtime required to make significant interior modifications and cabin entertainment upgrades in the customer’s airplane.
“With the Challenger 604s coming out of warranty, we recognize that more and more customers are looking for an exceptional facility to complete the
critical 96-month inspections,” said JetCorp president Bill McLendon.