Nordam announced on January 10 that it is consolidating its Wichita business jet design and production facility into its Interiors & Structures division at Nordam headquarters in Tulsa, Okla. The move affects about 75 people who work at the Wichita branch, which opened in 2007 and covers 120,000 sq ft. Nordam is offering first opportunities for jobs in Tulsa to the Wichita employees. In Tulsa, Nordam is adding a 50,000-sq-ft expansion of the Interior & Structures division, scheduled to open later this year.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on the November 10 crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B on approach to Runway 18L at Tulsa, Okla., quotes a witness as saying that the turboprop’s left propeller did not appear to be turning moments before the crash. The accident killed Perry Inhofe, the only person aboard the aircraft.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed last night that Dr. Perry Inhofe–the son of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee–was killed on Sunday afternoon in the crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B near Owasso, Okla. Dr. Inhofe–a commercial pilot with single-engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings, as well as a CFII–was the sole-occupant pilot of the twin turboprop. FAA records show that Dr. Inhofe was issued a third-class medical certificate last month.
Legacy Aviation Services has hired Russ Hampton as a senior service technician at its Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport facility in Yukon, Okla. Hampton joins Legacy with more than 25 years of repair and maintenance technical experience on all types of aircraft from single-engine piston through large corporate jet. He also has many years of supervisory experience as a shop supervisor for Commander Aircraft as well as a Gulfstream-owned service center in Oklahoma. The Twin Commander is a specialty of Legacy Aviation.
Oklahoma, which is vying for a U.S. leadership role in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research, development and testing, would see 600 new jobs created in the first three years after UAS gain freer access to the national airspace system, which is expected in 2015, according to a forthcoming study.
Sterling Partners, a private-equity firm, has purchased Tulsa, Okla.-based pilot and maintenance technician training school Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. Sterling Partners also owns Desert NDT, a non-destructive testing services provider to the oil and gas industry. In addition to pilots and aircraft technicians, Spartan trains NDT technicians. Spartan grants bachelor’s degrees and has graduated about 90,000 students since it was founded in 1928.
Washington, D.C., has a reputation for doing nothing, and inaction is often the best-case scenario. But let’s take the time to really consider what you get–and what you don’t get–from a spineless bureaucracy and a feckless Congress. First, what you do get is ill thought-out legislation. What you don’t get is legislation that is desperately needed to protect the safety of the traveling public.
Aircraft services provider King Aerospace (Booth No. 2879) has announced expansions at its Ardmore, Okla. facility to serve the customization, modification, refurbishment and completion of executive aircraft.
King began construction in October on the 25,000-sq-ft shop to accommodate cabinetry, upholstery and panel covering activities. The building will also house automated machinery for cutting leathers, fabrics and cabinetry materials. It is the first of four similarly sized buildings planned at the seven-acre site at Ardmore Airport. When finished, it will total 100,000 sq ft.
King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KACC) is expanding its Ardmore, Okla. facility to serve the customization, modification, refurbishment and completion of corporate and large executive aircraft. KACC began construction this month on a 25,000-sq-ft shop to accommodate executive aircraft cabinetry, upholstery and panel coverings.
Keith Weaver, executive vice president, told AIN, “We anticipate the facility will be completed and we’ll have moved in by about May next year. We’re looking forward to serving this customer base.”
U.S. senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced the formation of the Senate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Caucus on September 27.
- Page 1