Visitors to the Farnborough Air Show next month who are keen to get a good look at the headline F-35 stealth fighter should consider attending the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, which takes place the weekend prior. The three F-35B Lightning IIs that are flying to the UK for next month’s events will be based at Fairford throughout, and none will be on static display at Farnborough.
Following a number of recent helicopter accidents, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) last month issued a notice of proposed rule-making aimed at improving the safety of helicopter external sling load and winching and rappelling operations. Winching and rappelling is generally associated with emergencies and, as a result, carries greater inherent risk than other helicopter operations, says the CASA. Such operations are also time-sensitive and are often conducted under challenging environmental conditions.
Singapore’s Black Knights aerobatic team has been reformed for the seventh time to wow the crowd at this year’s show. The six Lockheed Martin F-16Cs have been painted in a snazzy new red-and-white design. Led by Lt Col Joseph Leong, 44, a 26-year veteran of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, the team’s pilots are all experienced instructors with a minimum of 1,000 hours in the Fighting Falcon.
Flexjet has named Dr. Kenneth Cooper, inventor of aerobics, and his son, Dr. Tyler Cooper, as the fractional provider’s official health advisors. As part of its new alliance with Cooper Aerobics, the doctors will educate Flexjet share owners about health, wellness and travel in upcoming issues of the company’s magazine that is distributed to customers.
Emteq, which introduced its LED mood lighting in 2006, has sold more than 2,600 feet of its original Quasar full-spectrum variant and is now introducing Quasar II at Booth No. 3793.
Thanks to constantly improving technology, Quasar II lighting is smaller and lighter in weight, while at the same time offering greater light intensity. Quasar II also offers the advantage of operating on both 28 volts DC or 115 volts AC, and it provides two-inch node resolution with clearer and smoother lighting control.
Despite cloudy skies, chilly temperatures and a threat of rain, sunshine broke out just before tee time to signal the start of HAI’s third annual Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament. The session represented the perfect kickoff to Heli-Expo 2012 and took place at the Cowboy’s Gold Club, the only NFL-themed facility of its kind in the world.
Prizes were awarded for the four lowest scoring groups, as well as for the most accurate drive for both men and women. Winners were also chosen for nearest the pin on all Par 3s for both men and women.
Lufthansa Technik has once again expanded the cabin envelope, this time with a Recline Excite 700iSP ergometer (exercise bicycle) from Technogym, modified for in-flight use.
JetBed (Booth No. 1135) is expanding its line of inflatable aircraft beds. CEO Gary Bosstick told AIN that the company will soon launch products for Embraer executive jets and Pilatus PC-12 turboprops.
Continuing what is expected to become an annual tradition, NBAA once again partnered with the nonprofit organization KaBOOM to build an aviation-theme playground for local kids. On Saturday, more than 250 NBAA members and community residents volunteered their services to construct the playground at the Hollowbrook Apartments near Orlando Executive Airport, the site of this year’s NBAA static display.
On the day of AIN’s visit to Survival Systems, a group of paramedics was finishing up a two-day course on the use of emergency breathing systems–small air tanks that hold up to 30 breaths of air. Such systems are available from any dive shop for about $350.
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