The aviation program at Kansas State University Salina is working with Price Induction to develop a curriculum using the French company’s new virtual engine test bench that simulates the DGen 380 lightweight gas turbine engine. Price Induction has given the aviation department full use of the test bench for one year to generate an education model that could be used in other academic settings.
Pilots planning on overflying Kansas this summer, specifically through the Salina area and the nearby Smoky Hill Air National Guard Weapons Range, would do well to attend the pilot safety briefing about the range to be held on Thursday, June 6, at the Salina Airport Authority’s Hangar 600 at 4:30 p.m. Representatives from the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Weapons Range are due to present an update on the range’s activities.
With an eye toward expanding in the regional aircraft maintenance market, AAR Aircraft Services is exploring adding a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in the Salina, Kan. area.
Growth at Salina Airport in Kansas has been so rapid that the airport is running out of hangar and office space for businesses that want to move to the airport. A new $6 million hangar complex is under construction and is on track to open in the third quarter. The 69,000-sq-ft complex includes 41,400 sq ft of hangar space, 22,600 sq ft of office space and a 5,000-sq-ft customer service area.
Virgin Atlantic selected Salina, Kan., as its base and control center for a solo, nonstop, unrefueled around-the-world record attempt in a single-engine jet piloted by adventurer Steve Fossett. The approximately 80-hour flight in the Williams FJ44-3 powered GlobalFlyer is scheduled to take place early this month.
Self-described as “America’s Fuel Stop,” Flower Aviation at Salina Municipal Airport in Kansas held a grand opening for its new customer service center on July 10. The FBO spent $800,000 building the 5,000-sq-ft facility, which welcomes pilots stopping for Flower’s quick turns and free steaks.