A Pilatus PC-12NG with special Formula 1 livery showing the Sauber C31 race car, will fly the Sauber F1 Team direct to the racetracks of Europe in 2012. On its first mission last weekend, it flew the eight-man team, plus team manager Peter Sauber, to the first race in Spain landing in Sabadell, a small aerodrome with a 3,300ft runway, close to the Barcelona circuit.
For decades, designers have created cup holders with the idea that, like military uniforms, one size fits all, with roughly the same results. One size fits almost nothing. Cups and glasses that are smaller tip over; those with a handle simply won’t fit. And with designers’ recent penchant for odd shapes, such as the square Fiji water bottle, it is a game of trying to fit the square peg in the round hole.
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.
Russell Rice of Rice Aviation garnered a hole-in-one during the NBAA Chairman’s Challenge Golf Tournament at the Revere Golf Club in Las Vegas. The shot came on the 223-yard hole No. 8 of the Club’s 7,143 -yard, par-72 Lexington Course.
Goodrich has been recognized for its role on the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy-winning Sikorsky X2 Technology demonstrator team. The company provided the SmartProbe air data systems and engine controls on the record-breaking aircraft.
Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, Bever, Switzerland, Dec. 19, 2010–The German-registered Premier I was destroyed when it crashed at Samedan Airport, killing the captain and first officer. The aircraft hit the ground north of the threshold of Runway 21 after the pilots elected to go around after a first missed approach during snowfall.
The Steelers and Packers aren’t the only teams who have spent months preparing for Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on February 6. The FAA, along with Dallas-area airports and FBOs, have also invested countless hours and millions of dollars getting runways and facilities ready for the more than 4,000 fans expected to arrive by private aircraft.
Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) will serve as Democratic co-chairman of the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus when the new congressional session begins this month. Barrow’s congressional district includes Savannah, which is home to Gulfstream. The fourth-term representative also serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and will join Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) in leading the GA Caucus, which now has more than 120 members.