In an exclusive podcast, film star and pilot John Travolta told AIN how he’s been helping Bombardier’s flight test pilots to develop the new Challenger 350 jet. Plus how Hollywood high-fliers turn to him for advice on how to get into private aviation.
Rockwell Collins received the top honor–a gold award in the safety category–from the Edison Awards in recognition of the company’s development of synthetic vision on a head-up display (HUD). The awards program is conducted by Edison Universe, which fosters future innovators. The awards were named after prolific inventor Thomas Edison.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has turned to Zodiac Seats to provide economy class seats for its new MRJ70 and MRJ90 regional airliners, after canceling a previous contract with Japan’s Delta Kogyo. According to marketing director Yugo Fukuhara, Mitsubishi and Delta Kogyo mutually agreed to scrap the agreement after failing to agree a plan for certifying the seats.
Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee has granted approval to the Robinson R66 turbine single, clearing the way for deliveries there. Russian customers have ordered nearly 50 copies of the model.
StandardAero’s large transport-category bizliner completions center, Associated Air Center in Dallas has received the state of Texas’ highest award for environmental achievement: the Texas Environmental Excellence Award. AAC received the award for its sustainability initiatives and continuous improvement projects in the reduction and/or elimination of products and processes that use hexavalent chromium as well as the use of LED (light-emitting diode) task lighting within aircraft projects.
Hard to believe it, but there are still a few people out there who don’t know the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). These women, 1,104 who made the cut, volunteered for duty during World War II, and flew every aircraft that was manufactured for the fight, from trainers to bombers to fighters. They delivered aircraft from factories, ferried aircraft all over North America, towed targets for gunnery training and tested aircraft to make sure they were safe before they were deployed in battle overseas.
A TSA inspector at McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS) in Knoxville, Tenn., confiscated a loaded .38-caliber handgun from a woman on March 21 after removing it from her carry-on luggage. The TSA officer noticed the weapon as the bag passed through the X-ray screening machine. The weapon’s owner was carrying an expired gun permit and told officials she had forgotten she was carrying the weapon. The TSA confiscated 16 firearms from people attempting to board aircraft at TYS last year.
Bombardier Aerospace and its Flexjet division will celebrate Learjet’s 50th anniversary with Beverly Hills flair: the Learjet 85 will be the first aircraft ever to appear on Rodeo Drive. To honor Learjet’s golden anniversary, the Rodeo Drive Committee has also selected “The Jet Age” as this year’s theme for its annual parade on Father’s Day, which features vintage and racing cars and motorcycles lining Rodeo Drive north from Wilshire Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard.
An upcoming airshow focusing exclusively on law enforcement and military rotorcraft will carry special meaning for several members of the United States armed forces, and not only due to the swell of emotions that events like these tend to bring about. A special naturalization ceremony for non-citizen members of the military will take place during the American Heroes Air Show, on the first day of the Texas Military Forces Open House at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, scheduled for April 20-21.
Bell Helicopter signed a memorandum of understanding with Van Horn Aviation to develop a composite tail rotor blade for the Bell 212 and Bell 412. Under the agreement, Van Horn will design, certify and manufacture the rotor blades, with Bell Helicopter Engineering participating in the design and certification processes. When certified, the blades will be distributed under Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories brand.