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 company expects FAA Type Certification and STC programs to begin early next year and the equipment will be certified to DO160 standards.
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.
Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Savannah, Ga. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The accident happened in night IFR conditions as the pilot was attempting an ILS approach to a northbound runway.
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.
When I started to write this post on unleaded avgas, I sat down to read about the upcoming evaluation program for four candidate fuels. The more I read the more questions it raised.
For instance, why does Swift Fuels have two candidates?
But the biggest question concerned the percentage of the piston aviation fleet that the new candidate fuels will satisfy. A few questions arise, like which engines are the most critical, under what conditions will they knock, which airframe, propeller, operating conditions are most critical, and on and on.
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.