The fatal crash of a Neptune Aviation Services Lockheed P2V (callsign “Tanker 11”), while doing fire suppression work on the White Rock Fire near the Nevada-Utah state line on June 3, has caused the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to reexamine its firefighting capabilities in the region. The NTSB is investigating the accident.
Brazil’s Embraer and its U.S. partner, Sierra Nevada Corp., confirmed that the A-29 Super Tucano won the U.S. Air Force Light Air Support (LAS) competition. Hawker Beechcraft continued to protest the decision, by appealing to the Court of Federal Claims, and the Air Force issued a stop work order this week, just days after Sierra Nevada was awarded a $355 million contract for an initial 20 aircraft, as well as training equipment and support.
My job at this month’s NBAA show in Las Vegas was to present our AINtv webcasts. I’ve been working on AINtv since its launch in 2006 and it really is great fun—in fact, don’t tell my boss, but it’s light relief from the daily grind of churning out articles for AIN’s print and online editions.
Katrina Bradshaw, NBAA’s vice president of static displays and forums, said the association realized early in the planning process for this year’s show that they were running out of parking spaces for the static display at Henderson Executive Airport just seven miles south of Las Vegas’s McCarran International.
When dining in Vegas, there are so many options, one can quickly become overwhelmed. With hundreds of steakhouses, sushi bars and other eateries, trying to pick a place just to grab a sandwich can be a challenge.
The flow of aircraft, people and exhibit booth material is accelerating toward Las Vegas in preparation for the NBAA’s 64th Annual Meeting & Convention, which starts on Monday.
With less than 30 days until the 2011 NBAA Convention takes place in Las Vegas, NBAA announced yesterday an “outstanding” lineup of featured speakers at the opening general session at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, October 10. This list includes Sen. Joseph Manchin III (D-W.Va.); FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt; NTSB chairwoman Deborah Hersman; John Deere Agricultural and Turf division president Dave Everitt; and doctor, pilot and former U.S.
A nearly 20,000-sq-ft hangar is available at the Paradise Aviation Center located at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Large enough to accommodate a BBJ or a pair of Gulfstream IVs along with a Falcon 50, the structure also includes another approximately 5,800 sq ft of office, lounge, restroom and dining space as well as a climate-controlled 12-car garage.
This year’s NBAA Convention–to be held October 10 to 12 in Las Vegas–will have not one but two static display areas, marking a first in the 64-year history of the event. The new outdoor static display area will be “just a few steps away from the convention center,” said NBAA vice president of exhibits Linda Peters.