AUBURN, Ala. — Carolyn P. Williamson, long-time director of the University Aviation Association, has retired.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, have partnered for a third year to sponsor the GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge. The challenge seeks to promote STEM education through aviation in high schools across the United States.
GAMA will provide the first 100 teachers who enter the competition with “Fly to Learn” curriculum, as well as five complimentary copies of airplane design and simulation software powered by X-Plane, for their classrooms. The lessons can be used to teach the basics of aerospace engineering and design. Students will learn to apply their knowledge to modify and fly their own virtual airplane in a fly-off.
The competition is free to enter. Registration is open until February 13, 2015, or until the first 100 schools register. Each school’s team must have four students to be eligible for the competition. Each team must include at least one male student and at least one female student.
The 15th Annual Great Lakes Aviation Conference and Expo returns to the Lansing Center Jan. 23-24 in downtown Lansing, Michigan. The conference and expo is designed to provide an interactive and educational event, offering more than 60 breakout sessions for pilots, maintenance professionals, sport pilots, instructors and students, including two days of IA renewals and continuing education. The conference also features approximately 100 exhibitors. Advance registration is open now.
We’ve received some beautiful photos from our readers, including this one from RAF Cadet James Hancock, taken at this year’s SUN ‘n FUN. We’re still looking for more photos to publish in our two print issues in December, as well as online. In fact, we’ll be publishing a reader photo of the day all during December, so get your photos to Editor Janice Wood by Dec. 1 for consideration.
Last week Lycoming Engines hosted Stu Horn, president of Aviat Aircraft, who flew the company’s Aviat Husky CNG to Williamsport, Pa., which is powered by a Lycoming IO-360-A1D6. The engine was modified to be the world’s first dual-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) aircraft, and can be powered by CNG or 100LL aviation gasoline with the flip of a switch. Members of the Lycoming engineering team gathered to examine the engine and its modifications during the visit.
OSHKOSH, Wis. — Sonex Aircraft passed a major benchmark this week, as news was received from Christopher Madsen of Huntsville, Alabama, that his AeroVee-powered, Standard Gear Sonex (pictured below) flew for the first time on Sept. 23. The addition of Chris’s aircraft brings the company’s database of completed and flown aircraft to 500 reported first flights.
CALIFORNIA, Md. — The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site has received a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the FAA to conduct tests with a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), the Talon 240, designed and manufactured by UAV Solutions, of Jessup, Md.