Avionics pioneer Edward King, Jr., 90, died Sunday at his home near Eugene, Ore. After graduating from college in 1943, King took a job on the East Coast with RCA, designing aircraft radio equipment for the U.S. Navy. He later returned to the Midwest, and in 1948 he borrowed $10,000 from his in-laws and founded his first company, Communications Accessories Corp. (CAC), which in 1956 was purchased by Collins Radio (now Rockwell Collins).
Flight Options chairman Kenneth Ricci received the William A. Ong Memorial Award from the National Air Transportation Association. Presented annually since 1984, the Ong Memorial Award is given for “extraordinary achievement and extended meritorious service to the general aviation industry.” Ricci, who has spent more than three decades developing various services in the business aviation industry, is the youngest person ever to receive this lifetime achievement award.
Westchester County, N.Y.-based business aviation charity Corporate Angel Network (CAN) logged a milestone last month when it transported its 40,000th cancer patient to treatment. The organization, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in December, provides patients with access to specialized treatment that would not otherwise be available. CAN’s staff and volunteers arrange free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to recognized cancer treatment centers throughout the U.S. by using the empty seats on corporate aircraft that are already flying to those destinations.
JA Air Center is offering a zero-downtime program for King Air operators upgrading to the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. According to the company, it is the only authorized dealer specifically approved for the G1000 retrofit installation program and the only one to offer the zero-downtime option. Brad Zeman, the company’s president, said, “You fly in your qualified King Air 90/200/300/350 in the morning and we’ll loan you our King Air C90 equipped with a Garmin G1000 panel while your aircraft is being worked on.
Four companies received the Safety of Flight Award at EBACE 2012 in Geneva, earlier this month.
DC Aviation, TAG Aviation and PrivatAir won the platinum award for achieving at least 50 years, or 100,000 hours of safe flying. VistaJet received the silver award for 30 years, or 60,000 hours, of accident-free flying.
Hawker Beechcraft secured orders for 11 aircraft–including three Hawker 4000s, a Hawker 400XPR, six King Air 350i turboprops and a King Air 250–worth more than $120 million during EBACE 2012 last week.
Eurocontrol director general David McMillan and International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) director general Don Spruston received 2012 European Business Aviation Awards from EBAA and NBAA on Monday at EBACE.
Dassault has received FAA approval for steep approaches on all Falcon 900 EASy (900EX EASy/DX/LX) and Falcon 2000 EASy (2000EX EASy/DX/LX) models. Thus, the entire in-production Falcon fleet is now both EASA and FAA-certified for glideslopes of up to six degrees. The Falcon 2000EX EASy, retrofitted with autobrakes; the 2000LX, which has standard autobrakes; and the Falcon 900 series are certified to operate at London City Airport. The flagship Falcon 7X has been approved to operate at that airport since early 2009.
Bombardier Aerospace has strengthened its alliance with Fokker Services to increase the availability and reduce the cost of spare parts for operators of its out-of-production Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300. Under the agreement Fokker Services has secured more than 2,600 part numbers from Bombardier for worldwide distribution. Bombardier will also continue to market and sell Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 parts to operators worldwide.