GE Aviation has broken ground on a jet-engine components factory in Auburn, Ala. The 300,000-sq-ft manufacturing plant will produce precision, super-alloy machined parts for GE jet engines that will power future commercial and military aircraft and will support the fleet of GE engines already in service.
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What’s the air capital of the world? Thirteen partners hope you’ll answer “Wichita,” at least after they finish their marketing campaign here at the NBAA show. The campaign claims the “air capital” title based on what its backers say is the city’s position as the number-one site for aviation manufacturing, skilled aviation workers and a robust aviation supply chain.
The flow of aircraft, people and exhibit booth material is accelerating toward Las Vegas in preparation for the NBAA’s 64th Annual Meeting & Convention, which starts on Monday.
With less than 30 days until the 2011 NBAA Convention takes place in Las Vegas, NBAA announced yesterday an “outstanding” lineup of featured speakers at the opening general session at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, October 10. This list includes Sen. Joseph Manchin III (D-W.Va.); FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt; NTSB chairwoman Deborah Hersman; John Deere Agricultural and Turf division president Dave Everitt; and doctor, pilot and former U.S.
StandardAero’sOmaha regional service center completed its first line-level inspection of a Honeywell TFE731 engine since acquiring the Honeywell line-level service authorization this past June. Technicians completed 150-/250-hour and 300-/400-hour engine inspections on all three engines of a Falcon 50 for an Eppley Field-based corporate customer, and they did it while watching the Missouri River threatening to flood the airport.
Wichita State University has risen to second among the nation’s universities in aeronautical research and development expenditures, according to the latest information from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.
At EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., this week, Aspen Avionics and AvConnect unveiled “Connected Panel,” which allows pilots to use mobile devices to communicate with avionics systems. The new system’s hardware consists of the CG100 Connected Panel unit, which will be mounted behind the instrument panel. It has USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity and flash memory storage.
With an eye toward expanding in the regional aircraft maintenance market, AAR Aircraft Services is exploring adding a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in the Salina, Kan. area.
NBAA is mourning the death of Walter Pague, 96, a former director of aviation for Armco Steel who was among the 13 people who gathered at the Wings Club of New York in 1946 to establish the Corporation Aircraft Owners Association, the precursor to NBAA. Pague, who would have turned 97 on Thursday, died in his sleep last Friday at his home in Middletown, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Betty.
With sister company NetJets due to receive Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s, FlightSafety International is adding flight training for the types at its Columbus, Ohio learning center. FSI is currently designing a level-D simulator, as well as other advanced training equipment and courseware, for the two Bombardier Global Vision-equipped business jets.