Wanted: UTC looking for Performance Engineer

UTC Aerospace Systems is looking to recruit a new performance engineer who will be responsible for performing static / dynamic loads, retraction and vibration analysis for landing gear and flight controls in response to regulatory / customer requirements and UTAS performance methodologies. Applicants (view details here) will need a bachelors degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering and must have a minimum of 5 years experience in analysis tools and techniques. [Read more…]

Micro AeroDynamics celebrates 25 years, 19,000 VG kits

The Beech Baron was one of the earliest aircraft to be flight tested for vortex generators by Micro Aerodynamics.

ANACORTES, Wash. – Micro AeroDynamics reached a couple of milestones this fall, completing 25 years in the business and shipping its 19,000th STC approved Micro VG kit. Flight testing at the company’s headquarters in Anacortes has produced 75 STCs allowing Micro VG retrofits on a total of 750 aircraft models. They are in use all over the world.

“We’ll be adding to the list of STCs in the future, as conditions warrant,” said Anni Brogan, president. “Meanwhile, we’ll continue to enhance the safety margins of the fleet one aircraft at a time.”

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IMC Clubs: Practice makes proficiency

An air traffic controller for the sims at AirVenture

Hangar flying, the time-honored activity where pilots sit around and swap stories about aviation techniques, can be a valuable educational tool. Add organized informational seminars illustrated with powerpoint demonstrations and desktop flight simulation devices and you have the interactive learning environment of the IMC Club.

IMC stands for Instrument Meteorological Conditions, which necessitates flying on an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan because the aircraft is flying in the clouds without outside visual references. Many pilots will tell you the IFR ticket is the most challenging to get and the one with the most perishable skills.

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AOPA addresses concerns over Powder Riving Training Complex

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is working to mitigate the economic and safety impacts of a proposed military training area that will cover 28,000 square miles above Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The association made the commitment after the U.S. Air Force released an environmental impact statement Nov. 28 that did not adopt safeguards sought by the general aviation community in Montana.

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