Richard Swayze, currently the Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment at the FAA, received the William F. Shea Award at a Nov. 19-20 celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Aviation Institute. The award is named for Bill Shea, UNO Aviation Institute’s Founding Director.
AirMed International‘s Executive Vice President Denise Treadwell has been awarded two of the air medical industry’s highest honors, the 2008 Fixed Wing Award of Excellence from the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and the Katz-Mason Award from the Air Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA).
The AAMS Fixed Wing Award of Excellence recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to enhance the development or promote the improvement of patient care and/or safety, specifically in the fixed wing component of the air medical transport community. Treadwell was nominated by a colleague at a competing company.
Shadin Avionics has appointed David Olson interim CEO.
He replaces Allan Kramer, who resigned Oct. 8.
According to company officials, Olson has substantial executive management experience in the aerospace and defense industry, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Since 1978, Shadin Avionics has specialized in the design, manufacture, support and distribution of fuel flow systems, engine trend monitoring, altitude management systems, air data computers, converters and other instrumentation for turbine, piston and rotor aircraft for the military, general and corporate aviation markets.
Corporate Angel Network, the national public charity providing free air transportation to treatment for cancer patients by using empty seats on corporate and fractional aircraft, announced the flight of its 30,000th cancer patient on Oct. 15.
Liberty Mutual, a CAN supporter since 1991, flew Jennifer Aja-Thresher, a 54 year old lung cancer patient, from Atlanta to Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where she will participate in a clinical trial.
Col. Donald J. M. Blakeslee commanded the first U.S. fighter group to reach Berlin in World War II. It was one of the most successful fighter commands in the history of the Air Force, the first to log 500 aerial kills – its total was 550 – with another 470 destroyed on the ground. Col. Blakeslee was 90 when he died last month.
Blakeslee became commander of the 4th Fighter Group in the 8th Air Force Fighter Command on Jan. 1, 1944. On that day his message to his pilots was, simply, “We are here to destroy the Luftwaffe and that’s what we’re going to do,” according to 4th Fighter Group Historian Roy Heidicker. He and his pilots proceeded to do just that. Their 550 aerial kills remains the highest number in U.S. Air Force history.
Lt. Col. Stephen Heyser, the U-2 pilot who shot the first photographs of ballistic missile launch sites in Cuba during the 1962 missile crisis, died Oct. 6 at the age of 81.
Col. Heyser said, in a 2005 interview, that nobody was more relieved than he that the crisis ended peacefully. He said he had no desire to go down in history as the man who started World War III.
Baldwin Aviation, which became the first firm of its kind to successfully obtain IS-BAO registration in 2007, recently accomplished another first – assisting VC Jets of Carlsbad, Calif., in earning IS-BAO certification, as well.
VC Jets was the first flight department to utilize the Baldwin program to gain IS-BAO registration, according to company officials. [Read more…]