As of January 1 the FAA’s Airmen Certification branch began issuing mechanic and repairman certificates with a new design on the back of the certificate honoring Charles E. Taylor, who served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with building the engine for the 1903 Wright Flyer. Since the introduction of the updated airman certificate in 2003, the mechanic and repairman community has requested that the FAA issue a certificate that represents Taylor’s contributions.
A Beechcraft King Air E90 crashed 20 miles southeast of Amarillo, Texas, at about 6 p.m. local time on December 14. The aircraft had departed Rick Husband Amarillo International (AMA) Airport about 10 minutes earlier into what were reported as high winds. Both occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed after it hit terrain.
A J Walter Aviation has launched a new exchange service for complete fan blade sets. It offers a selection of CFM56 engine fan blade sets ready to ship and fit immediately. Blades are guaranteed fully overhauled, mapped and moment weighed and ready to fit. The cost of the replacement blades includes repair of the removed set of blades. AJW has stock immediately available for the CFM56-3, 56-5A and 56-7B; the CFM56-5B will be added early next year.
The business aviation community came together last night in support of the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the industry charity that arranges for cancer patients to fly to treatment in empty seats on business aircraft. At this year’s NBAA-CAN Soiree in Orlando, attendees participated in both a silent and live auction.
This week at the NBAA Convention, Hawker Beechcraft delivered the 7,000th King Air, an aircraft line that has been in continuous production since 1964. The milestone aircraft, a King Air 350i, was delivered to Herman & Kittle Properties of Indianapolis. “The King Air is still king. We delivered the 5,000th King Air in 1996, the 6,000th in 2005 and now we’ve reached 7,000,” said Hawker Beechcraft executive vice president Shawn Vick.
NBAA awarded its 2012 Gold Wing Award for reporting excellence to AIN senior editor Matt Thurber here at the Convention yesterday. The award recognizes Thurber’s article, “Saving Lives, One Flight at a Time,” about business aviation’s role in organ transport, published in the August/September 2011 issue of AIN Publications’ Business Jet Traveler. The article highlights the key role that chartered aircraft and their operators play in the swift and reliable delivery of human organs for transplants.
NBAA awarded its 2012 Gold Wing Award for reporting excellence to AIN senior editor Matt Thurber today at the NBAA Convention. The award recognizes Thurber’s article, “Saving Lives, One Flight at a Time,” about business aviation’s role in organ transport, published in the August/September 2011 issue of AIN Publications’ Business Jet Traveler. The association presented its David Ewald Platinum Wing Award to Flying Magazine editor-in-chief Robert Goyer.
FedEx Express, a division of FedEx, and its founder Fred Smith are the recipients of the NBAA’s Al Ueltschi Humanitarian Award, presented at yesterday’s opening ceremonies. For more than 30 years, NBAA said, FedEx has been the leading aviation sponsor of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, which travels the world with dedicated eye care professionals and aviators to give the gift of sight to people in developing countries.
The business aviation industry lost one of its visionary leaders when Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of training provider FlightSafety International died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. on Oct. 18, at the age of 95. Growing up during the Great Depression in rural Kentucky in a family of modest means, he was bitten by the flying bug early on and decided to become a pilot. In pursuit of that dream, he ran a hamburger stand to fund his flying lessons and soloed at the age of 16.
FlyRight, the Concord, N.C.-based Part 142 King Air training provider, will begin providing both King Air 200 and 300 type ratings to Part 91 and Part 135 operators next year both the U.S. and elsewhere. King Air 300-series training will include sessions in the company’s new 350 simulator to be installed at Concord. The King Air 350 simulator features Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics with three displays, including both left- and right-side primary flight displays. FlyRight (Booth No. 3367) says that its recently approved King Air 200 type-rating program makes it the only U.S.