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.”
Rich Swayze, FAA’s Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment told the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) this week that the FAA has no choice but to cut the services it provides or raise more money over the next decade. Before joining the FAA earlier this year, Swayze (shown at right) was a top aviation aide to the Senate Commerce Committee. He told members of the NAC that the FAA can’t continue to provide the services they provide, implement NextGen and recapitalize aging infrastructure without cutting programs or raising revenue.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
AOPA has recognized Paragon Flight of Fort Meyers, FL as the 2014 Best Flight School and Spencer Watson of Manassas, VA as the 2014 Best Flight Instructor. Ten additional flight schools and 10 instructors were named “Outstanding” by AOPA as a result of the poll results.
Defense and security company Saab, the Virginia SATSLab, Inc. (VSATS) and the Leesburg Executive Airport (Leesburg, VA) are partnering to demonstrate and evaluate Saab remote tower technologies at Leesburg Executive Airport. During the summer of 2015, the partnership will demonstrate and evaluate the remote tower system for use at non-towered airports. The Virginia Department of Aviation is an advisory partner for the project.
Saturday, thousands of men, women and children tested their strength by participating in the 6th Annual Plane Pull for Special Olympics Illinois at O'Hare International Airport.
More than 100 teams of 20 (a new record) played tug-of-war with an Airbus 300 aircraft weighing more than 180,000 pounds. The unique event was sponsored by the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and UPS. This was a new record for the number of teams signed up. The teams help raise more than $150,000 for Special Olympics Illinois.
Teams competed in one of three divisions: Open Division (companies, gyms, school teams, clubs, friends and families), Public Safety Division (law enforcement officers, fire fighters, military personnel, etc.) and a new Hotel Division (for groups in the hotel industry).