Spectrum Aeromed added three engineers. Jerick Hedges will be responsible for design, drafting and structural analysis of manufactured products, and will write the STC approval reports. Hedges was an intern at the company before his recent graduation from North Dakota State University (NDSU). Engineer Craig Hedstrom, also a 2014 NDSU grad with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, will be a mechanical engineering intern. Ryan Rensink has joined the company in the newly created position of quality engineer.
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In a move designed to promote economic development and position a more strongly aligned workforce, Illinois’ Greater Rockford Airport Authority (GRAA) and Rock Valley College (RVC) have combined efforts to create an expanded aviation maintenance technology program.
Aviation employment services company HQ Aero Management (US) recently entered into a partnership with Workforce West Virginia and local aviation companies to create an eight-week Aircraft Structures Training Program at Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, W.V.
Wichita State University has risen to second among the nation’s universities in aeronautical research and development expenditures, according to the latest information from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.
Hawker Beechcraft has reached a formal agreement with the state of Kansas that the Wichita OEM says provides a “significant” incentive for “the company to maintain its presence in Wichita over the next 10 years.” The state’s incentive package requires Hawker Beechcraft to maintain its current product lines in Wichita and retain at least 4,000 jobs over the next 10 years.
World-class aviation and aerospace training joined world-class research, design, testing and manufacturing in a ceremony Tuesday at the Wichita State University National Institute for Aviation Research booth (No. 1107).
Wichita’s new National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT), still under construction, is offering nondestructive testing (NDT) courses this fall. Through a cooperative effort between Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC), NCAT will offer a series of 11 NDT courses at WATC’s Comotara Center campus.
The latest iteration of what was the Visionaire Vantage single-engine jet still has a pulse, although progress has slowed considerably. The twin-engine EV-20 design is now in the hands of engineering students at Iowa State University.
The NTSB has written a comprehensive letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recommending that all university athletic departments emulate Oklahoma State University’s revised team travel policy. In January 2001 a Beech King Air 200 crashed near Strasburg, Colo., after an electrical failure, killing all on board–two pilots and eight members of the OSU basketball team.
FBO operator, aircraft service provider and management specialist Pentastar Aviation (Booth No. 3351) has recently named a new president and CEO. Rick Maloney is an aviation industry veteran with 30 years of experience including positions as United Airlines vice president for flight operations, as well as the carrier’s system chief pilot.
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