The Aeronautical Repair Station Association is teaming with the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA) to honor the first aviation technician, Charles E. “Charlie” Taylor, with an inscription on the Wall of Honor at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Virginia.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
“Tranquility Base here, the Enterprise has landed.”
While it might not have been as dramatic as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touching down on the moon, for New York City, April 27 was known as the day the city got a space shuttle.
The four panelists participating in the last session held at the March 19 to 20 International Society of Transport Aircraft Traders (ISTAT) conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., reacted to what CIT Group Transportation Finance president and panel moderator Jeffrey Knittel called the “mega order syndrome” with mixed but carefully considered opinions, while most attendees appeared concerned about an
Airliner leasing pioneer Steven Udvar-Hazy is back in business with a vengeance. Barely six months after leaving the ILFC group that he founded back in 1973, following a failed bid to take control of a stake in the company from its troubled AIG parent, Udvar-Hazy's new Air Lease venture gave the industry a welcome shot in the arm by ordering about $10 billion worth of aircraft at July's Farnborough International Airshow.
Aircraft leasing magnate Steven Udvar-Hazy will be awarded this year’s Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, for “innovative aerospace business practices, improved aircraft design, piloting skills and selfless philanthropy, ensuring preservation of our aerospace history.” Udvar-Hazy’s multimillion-dollar donation allowed the construction of the National Air and Space Museum’s annex at Dulles Airport.
“Five hundred years from now, you’ll want to be able to pop open something on the aircraft and see how it worked,” noted David Hahn, acting collections manager for the Science Education Center in Richmond, Va. For the past 13 years Hahn has cared for N802L, the Model 23 Continental that was the first production aircraft from Lear Jet. Now N802L has come home, as a wave of artifacts arrive each day for reassembly at the Steven F.
Helicopters have traditionally gotten short shrift in the movies. Either they are blowing up and then burning (or blowing up and burning simultaneously) or serving the interests of the bad guys.
Gen. Jack Dailey hefted the comically oversized scissors to approach the ribbon. Hundreds waited to pass metal detectors for the December 15 opening of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. After a mock slice for the cameras, Dailey reached for real scissors to snip a new era at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM).