Model aeronautics Expo slated

World record holder and five-time NASA space shuttle pilot Robert “Hoot” Gibson is one of the high-profile speakers scheduled to attend the Academy of Model Aeronautics’ 14th annual AMA Expo Jan. 6-8, 2012, at the Ontario Convention Center in California.

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Dassault hiring event in Atlanta, Sept. 23

Hiring managers from Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) will be meeting with workers to fill aviation jobs at a hiring event in Atlanta, Georgia on September 23, 2011 (Noon-5 pm) at the Hilton Garden Inn Peachtree City. The event is open to people with United States citizenship and at least two years of related industry experience plus applicable license and/or degree.  DAS will also consider those who have an equivalent military background and recent college graduates with an A&P license.

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$485,100 to protect an airport

The Port of Skagit (Washington) has purchased, for $485,100, a 95-acre parcel abutting Skagit Regional Airport to further buffer airport activity from encroachment. The port is pursuing corporate and general aviation growth, but does not foresee scheduled air carrier service. Acquiring the property, according to the Port Executive Director Patsy Martin will allow the property to remain industrially zoned preventing incompatible use.

USAG expands to midwest

Denton, TX – US Aviation Services is taking steps to become a national/regional factory authorized service center for the maintenance and repair of the majority of Light Sport Aircraft models. They already have Rotax and Jabiru qualified A&P’s on staff and factory authorizations from the majority of Light Sport aircraft manufacturers.

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Happy 60th FlightSafety

LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York – FlightSafety International marked the 60th anniversary of its founding on Tuesday, March 29. “Today we commemorate and celebrate FlightSafety’s 60th anniversary. All of us are most grateful to Al Ueltschi for founding this outstanding company, his vision and leadership. We thank him sincerely,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO.

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Hawker Beechcraft earns FAA Diamond Awards

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) factory-owned service centers have received the Diamond Award from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Maintenance Technician Program. All eight Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) maintenance centers in the U.S., including Little Rock, Ark.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Wichita, Kan.; Houston, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; and Mesa, Arizona, met the requirements for excellence in aircraft maintenance training.

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Jet Source to host new Piper dealer

Carlsbad, CA – Jet Source has leased approximately 2450 square feet of office space to Cutter Piper Sales, a newly appointed Piper dealer.  The new dealership is responsible for sales in Southern California and Hawaii.  Sales offices are located at 2036 Palomar Airport Road on the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA. Cutter has appointed Phillip Scharber and Alexander Kuzmanovic as Regional Sales Managers and both individuals will be based at the Carlsbad location.  Cutter Piper Sales can be reached at (760) 579-0821.

Senators defend aviation in Arkansas

From Forbes.com:

More than 3,500 people work in Arkansas’ aviation industry, which was responsible for $1.4 billion in exports in 2008. Only agriculture – with $2.2 billion in exports in 2007, the latest year for which figures are available – is a bigger business here. Measured against individual commodities, aviation is the state’s top export.