Pratt & Whitney has established a Center of Excellence at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Engineering for research in the field of aviation propulsion systems. The company will work with UConn on fundamental and applied research initiatives that support the design and development of more efficient gas turbine engines.
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After months of attempting to stave off layoffs by reducing employee hours and implementing wage cuts, Duncan Aviation has been forced to lay off employees for the first time in the company’s 53-year history. The reduction affects 304 positions– 170 at the Lincoln, Neb. facility; 122 at Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Mich.; and 12 in the company’s network of smaller satellite avionics and engine locations throughout the U.S.
The Helicopter Association International’s annual Heli-Expo kicked off this morning amid a wave of negative signs all pointing to a prolonged economic downturn. Against such a backdrop, it’s a little disorienting to step foot inside the Heli-Expo exhibition hall at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California and find it packed with exhibitors and visitors.
From Friday, February 1 through the morning of Super Bowl Sunday two days later, Retha Slade, customer service manager for General Aviation Corp. at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), placed Mardi Gras beads around the necks of unsuspecting flight crews and customers as they entered the company’s newly completed FBO on the north end of the field.
Before Big Eight basketball teams began competing in the newly formed Big 12 Conference in 1994, their longest league road trip was about 600 mi. And among the former Southwest Conference schools that now comprise the league’s southern division, it was only 400 mi to the farthest conference venue. Today, travel to play Big 12 games can range as much as 900 mi, and inter-conference contests may take cagers to both coasts, Hawaii and Alaska.
It may not be the closest FBO to next year’s Super Bowl in Houston, but it might be the most fun. Wing Aviation at Lone Star Executive Airport (CXO) in Conroe, Texas, is planning a bash that should rival the action on the field at the Houston Astrodome, some 45 miles away.
In an effort to protect National Football League Super Bowl XLII patrons and players from the possibility of a terrorist strike, government authorities plan to implement temporary flight restrictions (TFR) over the Phoenix area in addition to traffic-management initiatives.
One spotlight at this year’s National Association of Television Producers and Executives (NATPE) annual convention focused on general aviation, both on and off the airwaves. The event, held late January in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, is a promotional extravaganza serving as a catalyst for the introduction and sale of popular programming to the television and cable networks.
St. Louis has its fair share of big events, including last year’s World Series and the upcoming NCAA Final Four next month. Midcoast Aviation’s newly renovated FBO at St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS) has seen its measure of foot traffic. The World Series did not end happily for local fans, as the Boston Red Sox slaked an 86-year thirst for a title, defeating the hometown Cardinals in four straight games.