The Aviation Design Challenge will be back for another year, according to Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Speaking yesterday at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., Bunce made the announcement at the show’s annual Build A Plane Teachers’ Day event. The contest, which was initiated in 2013, promotes interest in science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM skills, among high schoolers.
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Concorde Battery announced it has received TSO approval for its RG-641, the latest addition to its RG series of valve-regulated sealed lead-acid aircraft batteries. Designed specifically to meet demanding turbine engine starting applications, the new battery passed rigorous TSO C-173 testing for duty cycle, electrical performance, temperature extremes, shock/vibration and environmental conditions. This latest approval brings the total of the West Covina, Calif.-based company’s TSO-authorized part numbers to 87.
Daher-Socata’s U.S. Southwest distributor, Avex, took delivery of its 100th TBM aircraft, the French manufacturer announced today. The milestone aircraft is the third TBM 900 provided to Avex this year and will be delivered to its owner, John Edwards. Avex became a Daher-Socata dealer 15 years ago for California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Meanwhile, the TBM 900 is making its AirVenture debut this week at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis. Daher-Socata is displaying two TBM 900s at the airshow, one of which is taking part in the daily flying display.
New Jersey-based aircraft livery creator Scheme Designers is hosting a scavenger hunt for attendees this week at the 2014 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Visitors to the company’s booth (No. 3056, Hangar C) can pick up an entry form and set off to find aircraft in the manufacturers’ display area bearing Scheme Designers custom paint jobs and identifying stickers. Participants should note the make, model and registration number of each aircraft on the form, which must turned in to the booth by 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 2.
Flight training provider King Schools, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, launched its second Alaskan Flying Adventure Sweepstakes today at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis. Husband and wife training legends John and Martha King kicked off the contest, the winner of which will receive an Alaskan flying vacation for two valued at approximately $9,500, including a bush flying course and a chance to earn an add-on seaplane rating.
Amelia Rose Earhardt, the pilot who earlier this month completed her namesake’s failed around the world attempt, will be a special guest of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) this week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Sponsored by P&WC, the present-day Earhardt flew a Pilatus PC-12NG turboprop, powered by the manufacturer’s PT-6 engine, more than 24,000 miles in 16 days, recreating the infamous 1937 global circumnavigation during which Amelia Earhardt and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared.
Business aircraft remanufacturing firm Nextant Aerospace joined the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC), the company announced today. The RIC defines remanufacturing as “a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, worn or non-functional product or component is returned to a ‘like-new’ or ‘better-than-new’ condition and warranted in performance level and quality.” Nextant remanufactures Beechjet 400/400XP twinjets into the 400XTi and plans to remanufacture King Air C90s into the G90XT.
FBO chain Avflight opened its new facility this week at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Mich., a year-round tourism destination. Operating out of the airport’s general aviation terminal, the Avfuel-branded facility offers a range of fueling products and services. In addition to fuel and Avfuel programs, Avflight Traverse City features concierge services, a pilot lounge area, flight-planning facilities, courtesy vehicles, de/anti-icing services, cargo loading/unloading, charter handling and on-site rental cars.
Senior Aerospace AMT of Columbia, South Carolina, manufacturer of structural parts for commercial aircraft OEMs, announced on the eve of the Farnborough Airshow establishing a satellite operation in the Charleston, South Carolina area to serve Boeing South Carolina, which manufactures portions of the 787 Dreamliner.
The IMC Club and the EAA today announced the inauguration of a new skill-building center at AirVenture 2014, which will be held July 28 to August 3 in Oshkosh, Wis. The IFR Proficiency Center at the annual Oshkosh show will be a hub for instrument pilots that features technical talks by noted experts each day of the show, IMC Club chapter meetings and eight Redbird flight simulators on which pilots can gauge their instrument proficiency by flying various approach scenarios with assistance from NAFI flight instructors.