Air Capital Interiors, a new cabin refurbishment specialist, is open for business in Wichita. Located in a 9,000-sq-ft renovated facility, Air Capital is a partner in the new venture with interior detailing and cabin renovation specialist Appearance Group. Both are located at Colonel James Jabara Airport. “Our core customer will be those maintenance facilities that don’t have interior capability,” said Air Capital president Rodney Wilson.
Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., has been recognized for outstanding achievement in airport snow removal and ice control. The general aviation facility received the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airports’ Balchen/Post Award, which recognizes the dedicated efforts of snow crews in maintaining airports in a safe and operational status during the winter. Hanscom Field recorded more than 69 inches of snow during the 2012 to 2013 winter season, significantly more than the airport’s average of 47 inches, and crews responded to 17 storms during that time.
Aviation novels and novelists are rare. Even more rare are aviation novelists who are also corporate pilots and fighter pilots.
Bombardier has promoted Éric Martel to president of customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft. He succeeds James Hoblyn, who died in July. Before this appointment, Martel was the Canadian airframer’s senior v-p for commercial aircraft.
WAI honored five new inductees in its Pioneer Hall of Fame at the Women in Aviation conference:
• L. Tammy Duckworth, Black Hawk pilot and current assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs
• Major General Susan Helms, director of plans and policy for the U.S. Strategic Command, a flight-test engineer and a former NASA astronaut
With the Republican victories last month, several prominent backers of general aviation have moved on. The highest-profile loss for aviation as a whole was Rep. James Oberstar (D-Wis.), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The 36-year legislator is considered by many to be the most knowledgeable lawmaker in Congress on aviation issues.
Sydney “Sid” Baker, former head of Eastman Kodak’s flight department and a business aviation veteran for nearly 30 years, died on February 27. He was 63. Baker also worked for Bell Helicopter, IBM’s flight department and served as vice chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation’s corporate advisory committee. A former Marine Corps pilot, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star for his service in Vietnam.
Deborah Hersman, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board since June 2004, was nominated by President Obama last month to become the 12th chairman of the board. If confirmed, she will take over the position from vice chair Mark Rosenker, who has been serving as acting chairman since last August, when his two-year term as chairman expired.
General aviation groups pled-ged to work with the Obama Administration when it takes the reins of the federal government early next year, but in the days following the election there was much speculation about how things would shake out on Capitol Hill, in the Transportation Department and in the FAA.
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