G100UL: The future of fuels

For the past couple of years, George Braly and Tim Roehl, owners of General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI), have been thinking about the future of avgas. Now the two are creating the future, having recently filed a patent and STC for an unleaded 100-octane avgas they call G100UL.

Unusual for the aviation industry, actual development of the fuel began just a few months ago, with the company hitting pay dirt on its first attempt.

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Call for entries for Crossfield Teacher of the Year award

The National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking entries for the 24th annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a $1,500 cash stipend.

Founded by famed research test pilot Scott Crossfield in 1986, the award is a juried competition open to current classroom teachers in grades K through 12. Nominations will be examined by a review committee of aerospace industry and education professionals for documentation of a teacher’s effectiveness, creativity and ability to maintain high standards for their students and themselves with aerospace being the core subject matter or their curricula.

The Crossfield Award winner will receive a $1,500 cash stipend at the NAHF President’s Dinner set for July 16. The winning teacher and a guest will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Dayton and be a guest at the Hall of Fame’s 49th Annual Enshrinement Ceremony on July 17.

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Aero Club of Atlanta presents Epps Award


The Aero Club of Atlanta recently honored Dr. Debi Huffman with the First Annual 2009 Epps Award for Outstanding Aviation Achievement in Georgia.

112Huffman has inspired students who later become astronauts, including two students from Henderson High School, the only known school in the world to graduate two NASA astronauts. Huffman initiated aerospace programs at Fernbank Science Center in 1976 and has taught there ever since. She is the founder of the SEMAA (NASA’s Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy) LINKS Engineering team and sponsored the Wild Blue Wonders Team America Rocketry Challenge. She is a founding advisor of the Transportation Education Foundation of Georgia (TEFGA).

The next upcoming Aero Club of Atlanta luncheon will be held at the Capitol City Club March 2. The guest speaker will be Karen Gephart, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation.

In other club news, Atlanta Aero Cub donated $500 in fuel for Haiti Relief flights led by ACA Member David Lee, president and founder of Airshares Elite.

For more information: AtlantaAeroClub.org

Most memorable aviation records of 2009

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA), as the official record keeper for United States aviation, each year tracks dozens of world and national record attempts. New U.S. records are certified and those qualifying as world records are then ratified with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world air sports federation.

In 2009 NAA certified 124 records and has identified the following seven as the “Most Memorable:”

Speed Around the World, Eastbound: 370 mph (jet engine airplanes weighing 6,614 < 13,228 lbs): Departing from Morristown, New Jersey, on April 12, Jared Isaacman and Douglas Demko flew a Cessna Citation CJ2 around the world, making 14 stops before returning to Morristown on April 15. Their flight averaged 370 mph, beating the previous record of 279 mph set in 1991.

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Illinois Hall of Fame Class of 2010

Four airmen from Illinois will be inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame May 19. William Coons from Lombard, Arnold Zimmerman from Downers Grove, Rick Weinberg (deceased) from Champaign, and Billie Somerville (deceased) from Coal City.

Also, the Spirit of Flight Award has been awarded to the Womens Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of Illinois.

All have been recognized for their good character and excellence over a period of time and their volunteer efforts within the aviation community, according to Hall of Fame officials.

For more information: 217-528-5230 Extension 4 or IlAvHallOfFame.org

Free concert to honor Doolittle Raiders

The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders will be honored in a special way during their 68th reunion with a tribute concert performed by the U.S. Air Force’s “Airmen of Note” at Wright State University’s Nutter Center April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert, which is free to the public, will feature patriotic and World War II-era music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No tickets are necessary and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band, the “Airmen of Note” features 18 of the most talented jazz musicians in the country and is one of the last touring big bands.

Other events planned during what could possibly be the Raiders’ last major public reunion include three autograph sessions, a memorial service and a B-25 flyover at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Fundraising efforts by the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association, Inc. to fly in and land 25 B-25 Mitchell bombers on the runway behind the museum continue. If their efforts are successful, this aviation event would be the largest gathering of B-25s since World War II. To date, 18 B-25 bombers have agreed to participate. Those interested in helping to make this flight of B-25 bombers possible should contact Tom Casey with the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association, Inc. at 941-921-7361 or by email at: tomcat911@comcast.net.

For the full reunion schedule, including event times, click here.

Bahamas Day at Banyan

Bruce Woodrell, Banyan's customer support ambassador, Bill Garghill, Banyan's director of customer support, and Bahamian Policeman Lafayette Dorsett welcomed attendees to the first Bahamas Day.
Bruce Woodrell, Banyan's customer support ambassador, Bill Garghill, Banyan's director of customer support, and Bahamian Policeman Lafayette Dorsett welcomed attendees to the first Bahamas Day.

Bruce Woodrell, Banyan's customer support ambassador, Bill Garghill, Banyan's director of customer support, and Bahamian Policeman Lafayette Dorsett welcomed attendees to the first Bahamas Day.

Banyan Air Service, at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), hosted the first annual Bahamas Day Feb. 20, for pilots who wanted information on flying to the Bahamas.

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DAC co-founder retires

Terry Armstrong, the COO and co-founder of DAC International, has announced his retirement from the company, which sells avionics and test equipment for corporate and general aviation, the airlines, and the military.

Armstrong and Michael Crouch founded DAC International in 1981 in Austin, Texas. Armstrong served as COO through his tenure and was also responsible for corporate and general aviation sales and product development worldwide. He will continue in an advisory capacity for Corporate Aviation products.

“After more than 39 years of full time service in aviation, it’s time for me to move to a new chapter in my life,” Armstrong said. “I’m looking forward to continue working as an advisor with my friends at DAC and a greater emphasis on community and leisure activities” he added.

Crouch will continue in his leadership role as president of DAC International.  The senior management team now includes Francisco Hernandez, VP of sales for all product lines, Rick Horn, VP engineering & manufacturing, and Lisa Finley, VP of finance.

For more information: 316-729-0610 or DACInt.com

Mooney names new warranty and parts personnel

Missy Dominguez

Mooney Airplane Co. has promoted Missy Dominguez to Warranty Manager, while Glenda Thompson replaces Dominguez as Supply Chain Specialist, which includes service parts support. Both positions are based at the factory in Kerrville, Texas.

Missy Dominguez

Missy Dominguez

Glenda Thompson

Glenda Thompson

Dominguez joined Mooney in 1997. She served for more than 10 years in the service parts department in key roles, most recently as Service Parts Manager. Her background at Mooney also includes coordinating warranty claims.

Thompson began her career at Mooney in 2005 and had previous experience in the aviation and automotive industries. Her roles at Mooney have included Master Scheduler, Production Planner and Buyer.

For more information: Mooney.com.

Take control of your tools

NTC user

It’s all about networking — in tool control as well as in business. That’s why Snap-on Industrial developed its new Level 5 NTC (Networkable Tool Control) system, which offers users the opportunity to manage a virtually unlimited number of lockable tool storage units simultaneously for complete system control. Critical tools and assets are tracked and the risk of potentially catastrophic foreign object damage (FOD) is dramatically reduced, while protection against unknown matter, foreign material exclusion (FME), is improved, Snap-On officials claim.

Snap-on’s proprietary keyless entry allows employees access to the tools they need while the NTC system tracks access based on employee ID key cards. All tools in the system can be serialized and linked to a specific box with the bar-code mechanism used for check out and return. After an employee scans a tool a record is generated so inventory is managed in real time.

NTC userSnap-on Industrial’s NTC system offers both wired and wireless connection for flexibility. For portable use and as protection against a power outage, the back-up battery preserves data to ensure the integrity of the audit trail. System data can then be accessed at a single tool storage unit on the system or at a central location, company officials said.

The Snap-on Industrial Networkable Tool Control system interfaces with Snap-on asset management software to ensure complete security and coverage. The software package manages not only tool check in and check out, but also repair and calibration schedules.

For more information: SnapOn.com