Bill de Decker selected for John P “Jack” Doswell Award

Conklin & de Decker announced that the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has selected Bill de Decker for the prestigious John P “Jack” Doswell award, honoring him for lifelong individual achievement on behalf and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation.

For more than 40 years, Bill de Decker has been involved in virtually every area of business aviation, including operations, training, management, aircraft design and sales. From business aircraft operations to sales, training to engineering, market research and aerodynamic design, Bill has contributed greatly to aviation. His career began in the 1960s when Bill was a design engineer on the Apollo moon landing program. Bill’s success led him to roles with Boeing, then Dassault Falcon and later he tenured with FlightSafety International in management of fixed and rotary wing learning centers as well as the company’s courseware development division, where he led many training initiatives.

FAA Awards $10.2 Million in Environmental Grant to Airports

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently awarded $10.2 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to six airports around the country to reduce emissions and improve air quality through the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program.

VALE is designed to reduce all sources of airport ground emissions in areas of marginal air quality. The FAA established the program in 2005 to help airport sponsors meet their air quality responsibilities under the Clean Air Act. Through VALE, airport sponsors can use Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds and passenger facility charges to help acquire low-emission vehicles, refueling and recharging stations, gate electrification, and other airport-related air quality improvements.

“The VALE grants support President Obama’s efforts to combat pollution and improve the air quality for residents in communities near these airports,” said Secretary Foxx. “The FAA grants will help these airports reduce emissions and that helps the environment.”

The airports to receive VALE grants include:

Copiah County Airport Celebrates New Runway with Nov. 1 Fly-In

The first new runway constructed in more than a decade in the state of Mississippi will be unveiled at a celebratory ribbon cutting and aircraft fly-in at the Copiah County Airport on Saturday, November 1 at 10 a.m. The new 4,000 x 75-feet runway, with runway lights and pilot navigational aids, replaces an outdated 3,000-foot runway. Aircraft operators will benefit from the longer length and allows the airport to welcome more complex aircraft, according to Ronnie Barlow, County Administrator.

“Not only has our safety and operational capacity been improved with this new runway, but the economic impact opportunities to enhance our communities and county will have a tremendous long-term benefit.” he explained.

Piper Aircraft to Participate in Annual Redbird Migration with Archer TX, Seminole

piper archeredit.jpg Reinforcing its strong commitment to training new pilots, Piper Aircraft will take a Piper Archer TX trainer to the upcoming annual Migration Flight Training Conference Oct. 27-29 at Redbird's San Marcos Skyport training laboratory.

The Piper Archer on display is equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite and the Appareo Vision 1000 flight data management system for increased situational awareness. Additionally, Redbird will exhibit its G1000 equipped Piper Seminole twin-engine training aircraft.

"Redbird Flight Simulations is continually advancing state of the art pilot training and, as a leading manufacturer of simple and complex training platforms, Piper is delighted to be right there with them in this pursuit during the annual Migration Flight Training Conference," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott.

Duncan Aviation Delivers 100th Jet From New Maintenance Hangars

duncanhangar-3.jpg When a Dassault Falcon 7X entered Duncan Aviation’s new maintenance facility in January, it was the first jet to cross the newly coated floors. Four jets filtered in behind it, starting the ever-revolving cycle of entries and deliveries. Since then, the Lincoln, Nebraska, facility’s teams delivered 99 more aircraft, hitting the 100th delivery milestone this fall.

The new 175,000-square-foot facility, comprised of two 40,000-square-foot maintenance hangars and a 95,000-square-foot office and shop space, provides more shop and work space for services that cover most business aircraft.

The first hangar space, Hangar G, houses mostly Dassault Falcon aircraft, while Hangar H welcomed Bombardier Global and Challenger aircraft starting in May. “We have been consistently averaging seven to nine airframes in each of the hangars, depending on the size make of each aircraft,” says Airframe Manager Chad Doehring. “To properly prepare for the increase in aircraft volume, we strategically located, hired and trained additional technicians throughout 2013 and this year, building up our aircraft make-specialized teams.”

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