The annual Special Olympics USA National Games are substantially supported by volunteer Cessna Citation operators who transport the athletes, and Cessna Aircraft dedicates a mobile service unit (MSU) to assist them. Citation owners were slated to donate their aircraft, pilots and fuel to transport about 800 athletes and coaches from across the nation for the competition in Lincoln, Neb., held July 17 through 24.
Some 325 Cessna Citations will take part in the sixth Special Olympics Citation airlift over the next two Saturdays in Lincoln, Neb. According to the Wichita aircraft manufacturer, one Citation will land or take off every two minutes for 10 hours each of these days as part of the Special Olympics USA National Games. More than 800 athletes from around the U.S.
Established about five years ago, the Massachusetts Legislative Aviation Caucus has been a bipartisan advocate for general aviation and the nearly 40 GA airports in the state. As membership has grown, the caucus has “gotten stronger, more effective and better organized,” according to its chairman, state Rep. Don Humason (R-Westfield).
The University of North Dakota (UND) Flying Team won the 2010 Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) national collegiate aviation competition, which was held at Indiana State University-Terre Haute from May 17 to 22. The win marked UND’s 16th SAFECON championship in the 25 years that the university has participated in this competition.
Ocean Sky is accelerating its plans to become a major international business aviation services group with the acquisition this month of FBO operations in Spain and Italy. The UK-based company has just completed the takeover of Spain’s Aviation Handling Assistance (AHA) and has signed a letter of intent to buy a controlling stake in Euroloa, an established FBO at Bologna in Italy.
ECC Leasing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Embraer, has leased four used ERJ135s to South African Airlink to replace some of the airline’s oldest Jetstream 41 turboprops in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament.
NBAA said printed brochures mailed to members for the association’s 37th annual International Operators Conference contain incorrect dates for the event. This year’s conference will be held from March 29 to April 1 in New Orleans, La. For more information on the IOC, go to www.nbaa.org/ioc.