The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), in partnership with Gulfstream Aerospace, will hold a rally celebrating general aviation’s contributions to the economy on Thursday at Gulfstream’s Appleton, Wis. facility. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) will be the featured speakers. A crowd of 400 Gulfstream employees, general aviation enthusiasts and local community and business leaders is expected.
To promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education and stimulate student interaction in aviation and manufacturing, Build A Plane and GAMA announced a nationwide Stem educational competition. The winners of this competition, eight children in total, will receive free trips to the Glasair Aviation facilities in Arlington, Wash., to build two Glasair Sportsman aircraft in June. GAMA member companies, along with Glasair Aviation, are donating technical expertise, workspace, aircraft equipment and supplies to the competition.
A performance audit conducted from March 2012 through February 2013 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the U.S. Attorneys General (AGs) and the FBI director reimbursed the federal government for their personal travel in government aircraft in accordance with federal requirements. The study was requested by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced plans to increase employment at its Appleton, Wis., facility by approximately 100 positions in the next year. The hiring boom is designed to support the growing volume of completions work for Gulfstream large-cabin aircraft, including the recently certified G650.
A Beech B90 King Air operating on a Part 91 flight overran a runway at Sylvania Airport (C89) in Sturtevant, Wis., 17 miles south of Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport. The incident occurred on October 22 at about 6:45 p.m. local time. After leaving Runway 8R, the aircraft collided with a fence and a ditch, causing minor injuries to the single passenger aboard. While its commercially rated pilot was not injured, the aircraft sustained damage to its fuselage and both wings.
Retired Cessna Aircraft chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton was elected chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) yesterday after the association’s board of directors accepted the resignation of president and CEO Rod Hightower. In his role as EAA chairman, Pelton will guide the organization through the leadership transition.
Hightower joined EAA in 2010. According to EAA, he is leaving to spend more time with his family in St. Louis, since they didn’t make the move to Oshkosh as originally planned.
For a journalist, the best part of attending the annual EAA AirVenture extravaganza in Oshkosh, Wis., is that often serendipity reigns, and the result is an entirely unexpected bonus, in this case the opportunity to fly Embraer’s EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack turboprop.
While the 60th EAA AirVenture didn’t disappoint in the normal arenas of kitbuilt aircraft, workshops, new light sport aircraft, ultralights, warbirds, stirring airshow aerobatics, a performance by the Steve Miller Band, outdoor movies, bratwurst roasting on the grill, 200 Piper Cubs, heat and thunderstorms and more, there were signs that this show is changing.
Pratt & Whitney Canada is offering a free PT6A seminar at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh on Saturday, July 28 (Hangar B, booth 2132). The session will provide an opportunity for P&WC customers to meet with key people from the PT6A team responsible for supporting their operations, said P&WC Raffaele Virgili, vice president for customer service. The 75-minute seminar will provide design, operation and maintenance insights as well as a historic retrospective.
Sonex Aircraft JSX-1, the proof-of-concept prototype of the SubSonex single-engine very light jet, will be flying during the showcase presentation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which starts on Monday. The SubSonex is currently scheduled to fly a five-minute demonstration in three of AirVenture pre-airshow showcases–Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The showcase takes place each day of the airshow between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Famed airshow performer Bob Carlton will be piloting the small jet during these flying displays.