A new-build version of the Grumman Mallard amphibian is on the drawing boards, with the formation of Mallard Aircraft by type certificate holder Frakes Aviation. Based in Cleburne, Texas, Mallard Aircraft is headed by Sam Jantzen, Jr., managing director, who previously held pilot and executive positions with Cessna, Fairchild Aircraft, Commuter Air Technology, Raisbeck Engineering and Blackhawk Modifications.
First Flying Company of Osaka Japan has signed a purchase agreement with Canada’s Viking Air (Chalet CD35) covering a pair of Twin Otter Series 400 turboprops, marking the first placement of the latest Twin Otter generation in Japan.
Essex Industries (Booth No. N4930) is promoting two new emergency breathing devices here at NBAA.
The Self-Contained Unit (SCU) is an emergency-breathing hood that protects for up to 60 minutes against smoke, carbon dioxide, lack of oxygen or decompression. The hood dons in less than 15 seconds and provides 360-degree visibility and allows the wearer to hear, talk, and move freely. It has a 10-plus-year shelf life.
Wilbur Wright was the first pilot to record a bird strike (in 1905), and the first fatal crash attributable to a bird strike came seven years later. But to most members of the non-flying public, the first time aircraft bird strikes became newsworthy was probably in 2009, when a flock of Canada geese sent Chesley Sullenberger’s A320 into the Hudson River.
As congestion increases, avoiding collisions between aircraft and birds is becoming a more pressing issue. The Indian Air Force, which conducts many operational and training flights and often at very low level, attributes around 10 percent of accidents to bird hits. It took the lead last year by issuing global bids to four companies for 45 bird detection and monitoring radar systems (BDRS) to be installed at airports and air bases across India.
A pair of California Highway Patrol helicopter pilots saved the life of a hiker who was being stalked by a mountain lion just before sunset in the hills about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. The hiker called for help after trying to scare the cat away by throwing rocks and shouting at the big animal. When the CHP arrived they found the cat standing face-to-face about 20 feet away from the hiker. The pilots flew low over the cat and scared it off, allowing for the hiker’s rescue.
This month, I’m turning my blog space over to the reader who submitted the following letter to our magazine.—Jeff Burger, editor of AIN sister publication Business Jet Traveler
An Open Letter to the Editors of Business Jet Traveler:
Fargo Jet Center (Booth No. 7346), an FBO in Fargo, N.D., has signed an agreement with Global Beef Consultants to support an airlift of cattle to Kazakhstan. Approximately 160 Angus and Hereford cattle will be transported on each of 12 flights from Fargo to Kazakhstan. Fargo Jet Center has already loaded a Kalitta Airlines 747-200 for the first of the flights, which are scheduled to take place at a rate of about two per week.
At EBACE this year, Edelman Leather (Booth No. 1661) is introducing an addition to its line of fine leathers for aircraft interiors–one with a little more hair than usual. The New Milford, Connecticut-based company is calling it the “leather fur rugs” line.
In recent years the FAA has focused a majority of its birdstrike research efforts on the use of avian radar systems. The effectiveness of bird radars has been well documented, but many companies–including the radar manufacturers themselves–acknowledge that radar technology alone won’t eliminate the problem.
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