The Reno Air Races were back on form this year as some 180,000 people trekked to Stead Field in mid-September to watch 128 aircraft compete in six race classes for a record $800,000 in prize money. Last year’s event was canceled early in race week due to September 11.
At an extraordinary general meeting on July 8, Farnborough-Aircraft.com Ltd. (FAC) shareholders, voting on two proposals relating to the future management and funding of the company, backed lead investor Geoffrey Galley instead of company founder Richard Noble.
In the wake of the recent failure of several competitors, Spectrum Aeronautical is moving ahead cautiously on the development of its all-composite S-40 midsize jet, according to company president Austin Blue.
And with helicopters as the players, that stage can be just about anywhere big enough to plant a pair of skids and keep the rotors out of trouble. This MD 500 touched down in a parking lot to join the gathering of the best and brightest rotorcraft here in Houston.
Representing the Singapore Air Force, the colorful Black Knights aerobatic team brings its own form of razzle-dazzle to the daily aerial display. Flying Lockheed Martin F-16Cs, the team fills the sky over Changi Airport with the sights and sounds of unbridled aerial excitement.
Greek regional airline Aegean Airways has surfaced as one of six bidders for the country’s ailing flag carrier, Olympic Airways. Aegean will compete for the rights to the airline with Olympic Investors; New Wings, led by Greek businessman Pavlos Vardinoyiannis; Golden Aviation, led by Greek shipping tycoon Spiros Restis; Chrysler Aviation; and Wexford Group, owner of U.S.-based Chautauqua Airlines.
The FAA has pushed back its final safety report on the Arizona Cardinals’ football stadium from September 11 until October 11, leaving the stadium builders frustrated about the delay.
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.
British racing driver Colin McRae was killed when the Eurocopter AS 355 Twin Squirrel he was flying crashed near his home in Scotland on September 15. The accident happened at 4:10 p.m. near Lanark, 27 miles south of Glasgow, and also killed McRae’s five-year-old son and two friends. According to local press reports, there was rain at the time of the crash but visibility was reasonable.