Contemporary aviatrix Amelia Rose Earhart made a stop at EBACE last week, one month before she takes off from Oakland, Calif., for The Amelia Project, attempting a circumnavigation flight that her unrelated namesake never completed in a Lockheed 10 Electra in 1937. She will be flying a much more reliable Pilatus PC-12 NG equipped with an Inmarsat-based Satcom1 satcom system that will enable her to stream the entire flight to followers around the globe.
Aircraft exterior design specialists Scheme Designers is hosting a scavenger hunt around the display area at the Sun ‘n’ Fun Fly-In this week in Lakeland, Fla. Players are hunting for aircraft with both a Scheme Designers’ livery and window sign indicating that the aircraft is part of the game.
ToughguardAero (TGA) introduced its nano-technology polymer exterior protectant to the aviation industry. It both protects the existing paint and smoothes the surface. According to the company, operational testing and laboratory analysis substantiated the product’s inherent UV protection qualities, high rain-erosion rating, increased fuel efficiency and a reduction in related maintenance overhead.
Denver traffic reporter Amelia Rose Earhart plans to recreate the ill-fated 1937 around-the-world flight of her famous namesake next June in a Pilatus PC-12NG. Rose Earhart has been a pilot since 2004 and plans to use the flight to motivate teenage girls to consider aviation careers through her Fly With Amelia foundation. Rose Earhart’s flight is expected to last 100 flight hours and make 14 stops. She will be assisted by copilot Patrick Carter. The flight was announced Wednesday at AirVenture. The original Amelia Earhart perished on her famous 1937 flight.
Unspecified and apparently last-minute computer software problems prompted Bombardier to scrap its end-of-June target for first flight of the CSeries, the company announced last Wednesday. It now expects first flight to happen by the end of this month.
Last month in this space, I suggested some reading matter for the road. Now it’s time to talk about films for your flight.
When the financial crisis that exploded in late 2008 began to ravage Western economies in 2009 and 2010, the business aviation industry took well founded comfort from the fact that escalating demand from emerging markets farther east seemed to be shoring up otherwise sagging demand in traditional markets.
Wyvern, a global aviation safety auditing, consulting and information services company, recently announced that its Wingman portfolio–flight departments that have undergone the Wyvern audit process–has now grown to more than 120 companies in 29 countries. “Our standards far exceed government regulatory requirements,” according to the company. This mean, Wyvern added, that only companies with a demonstrated commitment to safety make the effort to become a Wyvern Wingman.
During World War II, from June 1943 through April 1945, they flew 1,578 missions, 15,533 sorties, destroyed 261 aircraft and earned 850 medals. They were the Tuskegee Airmen, African-Americans who were members of the U.S. Army Air Corps, championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt yet segregated from the rest of the troops. Trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Ala., they were pilots, instructors, navigators and mechanics.
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