Facing an uncertain budget environment in the coming months, the U.S. Air Force will nevertheless continue developing a new long-range strike bomber (LRS-B) capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear weapons. “Long term, we’re committed to the long-range strike bomber. We’re going to try to keep programs like that on track,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said.
The U.S. Congress has passed legislation that delays the threatened automatic cuts in federal government spending by two months until March 1, sparing for now a $55 billion reduction in the Department of Defense (DOD) budget for the current fiscal year. That budget currently stands at $552 billion, after the Congress authorized the Fiscal Year 2013 spending bill late last month. The President signed the defense authorization bill on January 3.
Deanna White was named president of Bombardier Flexjet yesterday, following the retirement of Fred Reid, who has been at the helm of the fractional provider since August 2008. The appointment was made “effective immediately,” suggesting the change was sudden. White joined Flexjet in 2005 as the finance director and most recently served as the company’s vice president of finance. “Deanna possesses a passion for driving strategic change and implementing business plans that support the organization’s long-term strategies,” said Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin.
The Philadelphia U.S. Attorney’s Office has indicted Flying Tigers of Lancaster, Penn., its president Jay Stout and his son Joel Stout, with various crimes, including conspiracy, fraud involving aircraft parts, wire fraud and obstruction of justice. Also indicted was Howard Gunter, a former FAA certified mechanic and inspector, on charges of conspiracy and fraud involving aircraft parts.
The Roulettes are flying the flag for Australia at this year’s Singapore Air Show. Six Pilatus PC-9/A turboprop trainers are looping and swooping above Changi, flown by instructor pilots from the Central Flying School of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at East Sale in Victoria. They are led by Sqn. Ldr. Steve Baker, in his sixth season with the team and a veteran with almost 5,000 flying hours.
Bombardier Aerospace is offering a new service it calls Parts Satisfaction Guarantee, which waives the shipping, labor and restocking charges in applicable situations. According to the OEM the service also makes substantial headway in reducing the incidence of no-fault found (NFF) and defective on arrival (DOA) parts currently in circulation.
AAR Airlift, one of the largest providers of intra-theater transport for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has added two new Sikorsky S-92 Helibus helicopters to its fleet of 29 rotary-wing and 20 fixed-wing aircraft providing airlift services to the government.
Jim Kohler, Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.)
Dir. of Operations, Headquarters 166th Airlift Wing,
Delaware Air National Guard
Chief Pilot – Dupont
I loved flying as a child and grew up wanting to fly high-performance aircraft. I’ve also always had a strong desire to serve my country,” Jim Kohler told AIN.
The first two Royal Australian Air Force C-17 pilots began training at a new aircrew training system (ATS) facility at RAAF Amberley, Queensland. The air force had previously undertaken its aircrew training in the U.S., and the Australian ATS is the first to be established overseas.
Gulfstream Aerospace of Savannah, Ga., announced the creation of annual Outstanding Flight Awards and its first recipient at a press conference at the NBAA Convention on Tuesday. The awards spotlight flights involving superior airmanship performed in a Gulfstream aircraft in the course of business activity and special-mission operations.