AKRON, Colo. – Redline Aviation has added propeller overhaul services to its existing propeller governor business. The prop business will operate as Redline Propeller. Certification allows Redline Propeller to repair and overhaul McCauley, Hartzell and Sensenich propellers in five to seven working days in most cases.
Facebook — the ubiquitous social network — is determined to connect the entire population of the world to the internet. For remote areas, where traditional infrastructure isn’t possible, Facebook designed Aquila.
“When complete, Aquila will be able to circle a region up to 60 miles in diameter, beaming connectivity down from an altitude of more than 60,000 feet using laser communications and millimeter wave systems,” said Jay Parikh, Facebook’s Global Head of Engineering and Infrastructure. “Aquila is designed to be hyper efficient, so it can fly for up to three months at a time.” [Read more…]
When I was a relatively young instructor I had the good fortune to call a small uncontrolled airport in central Connecticut my home base. Meriden Markham may not make the annals of aviation as a hotbed of technical achievement, innovative design, or the home of a manufacturing marvel, but I learned more about teaching, and business management, and the importance of successfully marketing a service during my time flying for Meriden Aviation than I have at any other flying job.
Part of that education was happenstance. It was nothing more complicated than good luck that brought me to work for a chief pilot named Frank Gallagher. It was Frank who taught me the valuable lesson that a well-planned cooperative effort can have far more powerful results than a Herculean individual attempt. I’m not entirely sure that was his intent, but that was the lesson I took away from my time in Meriden. Working together to achieve a clearly understandable common goal works. It’s just that simple.
As unusual as it may seem, my first assignment as an instructor at Meriden involved a file cabinet and a phone. There was no airplane involved. Frank simply pointed me, and another new-hire instructor, to a file cabinet full of student records and assigned us to select the students who had stopped flying, but had not earned their ratings or certificates. With that pile of files on our desks, we started making phone calls. [Read more…]
Judicial Watch has uncovered, and posted it its website, large volumes of email documenting Congressional requests for military airlifts. The March 10, 2009 story highlights some of the more brazen communications from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office and assistant’s to Department of Defense (DOD) staff.
During another email exchange DOD staff advised Kay King that one Pelosi military aircraft request could not be met because of “crew rest requirements” and offered to help secure commercial travel. Kay King responded: “We appreciate the efforts to help the codel [sic] fly commercially but you know the problem that creates with spouses. If we can find another way to assist with military assets, we would like to do that.”
Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway on CNBC (Monday, March 9), when asked about President Obama’s stance on business aircraft, said…
“Berkshire has been better off by me having a plane available to go and do deals or whatever it may be. A lot of times it doesn’t work out. But net, it’s a plus. We have done things I wouldn’t have done if we hadn’t had a plane. And I think it’s…a big mistake to start demonizing anybody in this game. I just think it causes the American people to look backwards. And we don’t want villains, we want victory.”
Buffett’s comments come at about the 9:00 minute mark in the video embedded here.
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.
West Star Aviation will open a new facility near Columbia, S.C.
The new facility, which will provide maintenance and refurbishment services for corporate aircraft, will be located at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (KCAE) in Lexington County, S.C.
TropicAero.com has recently undergone a re-design of its on-line aviation retail store. The new website showcases portable aviation electronics, pilot supplies, training materials, cockpit accessories, apparel and safety equipment from manufacturers such as Garmin, David Clark, Telex, ICOM, Bose, and Lightspeed.
The new TropicAero.com site offers web pages that are cleaner and more concise. Drop-down/fly-out menus allow people to find products and information quickly and easily. In many cases a person can navigate directly to a specific product or manufacturer in just one click. [Read more…]