Our series on America’s finest golf courses continues with a look at the three best classic courses in the South Central U.S., 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.
You’d have to drive three hours from Glasgow to reach Eriska, a 121-year-old mansion turned hotel and spa that occupies its own 300-acre island on Scotland’s western shore. If you have access to a private jet, though, Eriska’s considerable pleasures are more accessible. You can simply fly into Connel Airfield near Oban, then drive four miles past some of the country’s finest scenery.
Waterford, Mich.-based Pentastar Aviation, the former corporate flight department of DaimlerChrysler purchased by Edsel B. Ford II in 2001, recently promoted Richard Barley to executive chef of its Fivestar Gourmet catering division. Barley oversees a staff of eight chefs and culinary apprentices to provide catering services for FBOs at five Detroit-area airports as well as for off-airport events.
Bell 212, 412 and 412EP operators now have FAA STC approval to install Max-Viz’s EVS-1000 enhanced vision system. The certification allows the more than 200 U.S.-registered Bell 212s and 412s to be fitted with EVS, which offers crews improved situational awareness at night and in poor visibility.
Word was circulating last month that the weight of the Quiet Technology hush kit fitted to the Gulfstream III that crashed on November 22 while landing at Houston to pick up former President Bush might have played a role in the accident.
Thousands of seat-belt buckles and attachments installed in airliners and corporate jets are the subject of two separate recommendations. The FAA published a special airworthiness information bulletin alleging that D-ring-type fittings can inadvertently release the seat belts attached to them. The agency recommends that all D-ring seat belt attachment fittings be replaced with an improved design fitting.
Lockheed 1329-23E JetStar, Houston, May 15, 2004–On final approach to William P. Hobby Airport, the pilot extended full flaps. The airplane decelerated and rolled uncontrollably to the left. The pilot regained control and landed without incident. On inspection, it was found that the left inboard flap had separated and the attach bolts were still in the flap attach brackets.
The owner of London Battersea Heliport is seeking planning permission to build a hotel alongside it on the southern bank of the River Thames. Weston Aviation commercial manager James Ford told AIN that the new building, to the west of the pad, will incorporate new reception and ATC facilities for the heliport.
The FAA last month issued three separate airworthiness alerts on the TBM 700 turboprop single. The alerts, which do not carry the force of ADs, but are “highly recommended” by the FAA, deal with a faulty GPU plug that could damage the power supply cable; possible interference between the pitot-tube supply line and the aileron cable; and corrosion-caused cracks in the attachment fittings of the tail fin.
One of the world’s greatest civil engineering projects, the $8 billion Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) carries crude oil 800 miles south from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean to a pipeline terminus at Port Valdez. Built between 1975 and 1977, the pipeline at the time was the largest and most expensive privately funded construction project ever undertaken.