National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) president and CEO and long-time general aviation advocate Henry Ogrodzinski passed away last night after a battle with cancer. He joined NASAO in 1996 and also served on the boards of directors of the National Aeronautic Association, the Aero Club of Washington, the Airport Cooperative Research Program, the Board of Nominations for the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Selection Committee for the annual Collier Trophy.
Russell W. Meyer Jr., former chairman of the Cessna Aircraft Co., will receive the fourth annual Wichita Aero Club (WAC) trophy at the organization’s Trophy Gala on Jan. 25, 2014.
“Russ’s contributions to the aviation industry and to the local community are so numerous and so extensive that it would take a book just to list them. He is, without question, a great choice for the Wichita Aero Club Trophy,” said Dave Franson, WAC president.
The Gulfstream G650 was nominated this week for the National Aeronautic Association’s 2012 Robert J.
The National Aeronautic Association has been certifying aviation records since 1905, and here the NBAA Convention honors Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft for recent record-setting feats. The top speed reached among the group was 599.63 mph, captured by a Gulfstream G150. This is a far cry from the first record certified–25 mph!– on an Oct. 23, 1906 flight by Alberto Santos-Dumont, the Brazilian aviation pioneer, in his 14-Bis, or Oiseau de proie (French for “bird of prey”), one-of-a-kind biplane.
Nearly 15 years after entering service, the ultra-long-range Gulfstream V has surpassed one million flight hours. According to Gulfstream Aerospace, the 193 in-service GVs have collectively completed more than 458,000 takeoffs and landings, with the fleet leader logging more than 16,100 flight hours and more than 7,400 landings. Within a few months of the GV’s first delivery in June 1997, its development team received the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy award.
Goodrich has been recognized for its role on the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy-winning Sikorsky X2 Technology demonstrator team. The company provided the SmartProbe air data systems and engine controls on the record-breaking aircraft.
The National Aeronautic Association has announced the winners of the 2010 Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman Awards and the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. Ceremonies for the Elder Statesman Awards take place on November 8 in Arlington, Va., to honor recipients Gene Kranz; Maj. Gen. Charles D. Metcalf, USAF (Ret.); Robert L. Taylor and Barry Valentine.
Dr. Sam Williams, founder and chairman of Williams International, died June 22 at
Dr. Sam Williams, founder and chairman of Williams International, died yesterday at the age of 88, according to a statement issued by his company. Williams patented the small turbofan engine and built on his company’s successful development of tiny cruise missile engines to break into the rarefied world of civil turbine engine manufacturers with introduction of the FJ44 line of turbofans.
Dean Borgman, president of Sikorsky Aircraft since 1998, has been appointed chairman of the company. Named to succeed him as president is Stephen Finger, who previously served as president of Pratt & Whitney’s military engines business. Both appointments took effect last month.
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