Duncan Aviation recently completed a Supplemental Type Certification (STC), which will upgrade existing Honeywell Primus radios in Hawker 800/800XP aircraft so they’re ADS-B Out compliant.
“Meeting the ADS-B mandate is critical, of course, but Hawker owner/operators also want to keep their aircraft in an industry-standard configuration,” says Gary Harpster, a longtime avionics representative with Duncan Aviation. “That’s why we worked with Honeywell to develop this STC, which addresses both concerns; the aircraft maintains its industry-standard configuration, and owner/operators meet the 2020 mandate deadline with time to spare.”
During their annual conference held recently in Norman, members of the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association named Woodring Regional Airport in Enid as the state’s top airport for 2016. Woodring Regional’s Dan Ohnesorge was also tabbed the 2016 airport manager of the year. (Photo - Dan Ohnesorge, right, airport manager at Enid’s Woodring Regional Airport, receives the 2016 Airport Manager of the Year Award from Oklahoma Airport Operators Association acting president Walt Strong during the awards banquet at OAOA’s annual conference held recently in Norman.)
“I am humbled and honored to receive the awards. We have a strong team, each of whom takes pride in the facilities and the services we provide here at Woodring,” said Ohnesorge. “The successes we have enjoyed have been made possible because of a very strong supporting cast.”
Ohnesorge reeled off several individuals and groups who have played major roles in that success, including the airport technicians, operations manager, mayor, city manager and city commissioners, as well as support at the state level from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, Department of Transportation, governor and the state’s federal delegation.
The Oklahoma Legislative Aviation Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Jeff Coody (R-Grandfield) and Rep. Mike Brown (D-Tahlequah) met recently at the Oklahoma State Capitol for the second time this session with aviation like-minded lawmakers. What began as a small group of pilots and aeronautics enthusiasts has seemingly caught a tail wind as the caucus has nearly doubled in size. The purpose of the Oklahoma Aviation Caucus is to inform legislators and staff about the importance of aviation to the state and national economy and transportation system while forming and vetting aerospace policy.
“With the budget being so bad, and core services being severely affected, we know that lawmakers are not really looking up, so to speak, and may not be thinking about the skies above and the aviation industry in Oklahoma,” said Coody. “That is why we put this caucus together to continue the work being done in aviation and aerospace.” New to the caucus, Senator Frank Simpson (R-Springer) was nominated by his peers and was elected as the new Co-Chair, bringing balance between the House and Senate. “With the work I am doing as the Veterans & Military Affairs Committee Chair in the Senate, I think I can bring some good ideas to the Aviation Caucus. I’d like to do an interim study on the aviation fuel tax this summer, and look at how we are funding our airport maintenance.”
Alpha Systems AOA announced new and universally-available updates to their existing fleet of Angle of Attack systems. Mark Korin, President, says, “We can update any aircraft with an AOA display for safer flying, including AOA installations for pressurized aircraft.”
In other words, if your airplane already has an AOA system that gives you limited information or has an inadequate display, you can now use the superior Alpha Systems standalone AOA indexer display. Enhancements now cover flaps, gear advisory, four-point calibration, and streaming RS232 AOA data for any PFD integration.
The airline industry’s focus on improving baggage management is showing strong results with 2015 baggage mishandling rates dropping to their lowest ever. According to the SITA Baggage Report 2016, released recently, the rate of mishandled bags was 6.5 bags per thousand passengers in 2015, down 10.5% from the previous year, less than half the rate in 2003 and the lowest ever recorded.
This improvement comes despite an 85% rise in passenger numbers since 2003. Increasing passenger volumes put pressure on the industry's infrastructure, resources and baggage handling systems. Last year more than 3.5 billion passengers travelled and with no sign that this growth will slow down, the industry is making step-changes to how it handles baggage. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is leading the way with its call for airlines to track each bag throughout its entire journey. IATA Resolution 753, to be implemented by airlines by June 2018, will mean that bags will be tracked at every point of the journey.