Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on June 12 by making a tandem parachute jump from a Bell 429 light twin near his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush and tandem partner Mike Elliott, a former member of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute squad and current president of the All Veteran Parachute Team, departed the 429 from 6,300 feet msl and landed uneventfully on the grounds of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, where Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush were married almost 70 years ago. Mrs.
West Star Aviation has hired Ed Henry as regional sales manager. He will be responsible for the eastern territory of the U.S., including Washington, D.C., Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Henry has more than 40 years of experience in general and corporate aviation.
The California Aviation Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class at a ceremony held earlier this month at the Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport. It included Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, legendary test pilot Bob Hoover, aviator and entrepreneur Clay Lacy and helicopter pioneer Frank Robinson. “This state has played a huge role over the past 100 years in the development of aviation and spaceflight, and the creation of a Hall of Fame to recognize the Golden State’s aerial heritage was long overdue,” said attendee Stephen Hofer, president of Aerlex.
The NTSB’s investigation into the Gulfstream IV-SP that crashed while taking off from Runway 11 at Bedford Hanscom Field near Boston on May 31 appears to be focusing on the twinjet’s control wheel mechanical gust-lock system, according to a preliminary accident report released by the agency today. “After the rotate callout, the cockpit voice recorder captured comments concerning aircraft control,” the report notes. All seven aboard–three crewmembers and four passengers–died in the accident.
Rick Wielebski has been named general manager of Landmark Aviation’s Boeing Field/King County International Airport location. Wielebski has more than 10 years’ experience in the aviation industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His background includes experience in both general and commercial aviation. Before joining Landmark, he was the general manager for Atlantic Aviation’s Tulsa International Airport location.
The FAA issued a certificate of authorization (COA) to AeroVironment allowing the company to fly its Puma AE unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for energy company BP in Alaska, the first time the agency has approved a commercial UAS operation over land.
Fractional-share provider NetJets (Booth 6656) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Executive Jet Airways, a U.S. charter and management company that is NetJets’s corporate ancestor. The first celebration took place at an EBACE 2014 event yesterday, held with Bombardier at the static display.
The Known Crewmember Program (KCM) has officially been expanded to include Part 135 and 125 charter pilots, with yesterday’s first nonscheduled airline use of this program at Washington Dulles International Airport. KCM is a risk-based screening system that enables TSA officers to verify the identity and employment status of flight crewmembers.
Although the ability to speak and understand the English language is considered mandatory to operate an airplane on an international flight, really understanding what a controller at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport was trying to tell the crew of an Air China flight recently became a source of frustration and anxiety to all parties, according to a recording posted on LiveLeak.
The U.S. Navy released a draft request for proposal (RFP) for the unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike system (UClass) air segment to four contractors on April 17. The service expects to release a final RFP later this year.
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