FEC Heliports, in Chesham, UK, is offering a portable aluminum helipad that can be used with helicopters weighing up to 15,000 pounds. Company representative Colin Little said the Portapad can be built in two hours. It can be accommodated in a car trailer similar to those used for glider transport. All usual accessories can be fitted to it. These can be a hot fluid-based snow melt system, a windsock or removable steps, for example.
Heli-USA has taken a break from the usual Hawaiian air-tour repertoire of overflying thick jungles, pristine tropical rainforests, volcanoes surging with liquid magma and plunging sliver waterfalls. Instead it is offering tourists the alternative of seeing the 50th state’s glittering nightlife from the same unique perspective.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended required main landing-gear checks to cover all variants and weights of Airbus A330/A340 aircraft more than five years old. The new rule requires indefinitely repetitive inspections following last year’s discovery of an unexplained crack in an A330 MLG Rib 6 aft-bearing forward lug.
Airports within six critical areas in the mountain passes of Colorado now have automated weather observing systems (AWOS) in operation since installations started last year under a program paid for by the state legislature and the Colorado Aeronautics Board. Six more installations are to be in operation by next summer.
A proud Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) was on hand early last month to open the new 5,500-foot runway and 10,000-sq-ft terminal building at Tunica, Miss. Located near the Tennessee border 12 miles south of Memphis, Tunica hosts some 12 million visitors annually to its nine casino resorts. Other attractions include restaurants, golf courses, museums, manufacturers’ outlets and antique shopping.
Lufthansa will offer nonstop service in a Boeing Business Jet scheduled to operate six times weekly starting June 17 between Newark International and Dusseldorf Airports. The aircraft, provided through a wet-lease arrangement with Swiss charter firm PrivatAir, is fitted with 48 business-class seats and is painted in Lufthansa livery.
Aero Precision Repair and Overhaul (A-Pro) of Deerfield Beach, Fla., will begin overhaul and repair services on the Piaggio Avanti landing gear and related accessories. The company received approvals from Piaggio and Messier Dowty, the manufacturer of the landing gear.
While NBAA is drawing thousands of visitors to Atlanta, the city has a thriving culinary scene that befits its status as “the capitol of the south.” World-class restaurants offer an astounding variety of cuisines, sure to please any palate, from eclectic seafood houses, to classic wood-paneled shrines to slabs of beef, to cozy eateries serving up the finest southern-style food.
Summer days can be quite warm in northern California’s inland valleys, even those that lie fairly near the coast. By evening, though, the warm, moist air is cooled by the bitterly cold Pacific Ocean, resulting in a thick bank of offshore fog. From miles out to sea, the fog begins its eastward march, covering the beaches and then the hills of the Coast Range, where it settles like misty lakes in the inland valleys.
Our series on America’s best golf courses continues with a look at three of the best modern fairways in the West, as determined by Golfweek magazine’s handpicked panel of 385 course raters. The raters, who are students of architecture, attend national workshops and each evaluate 15 to 20 courses per year.