RUAG Aviation, Hartzell Propeller's Recommended Service Facility in Central Europe


RUAG Hartzell.jpg Hartzell Propeller Inc. has appointed RUAG Aviation in Lodrino, Switzerland as a Recommended Service Facility. The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility covers a wide area of central Europe.

RUAG Aviation's Lodrino facility is an EASA and FAA approved repair station. It is a service center for a number of aircraft manufacturers, including Cirrus, Mooney, Piper and Textron Aviation, which manufacture aircraft with state of the art props provided by Hartzell Propeller. Furthermore, RUAG has complete MRO capabilities for Piaggio P180 and Pilatus PC-series aircraft equipped with Hartzell props. (Photo - RUAG Aviation maintenance technician works on Piaggio P-180).

Max Grob at RUAG Aviation Business Development said, "We have been overhauling Hartzell propellers for years and RUAG Aviation is greatly honored to be awarded the Hartzell Recommended Service Facility status. The synergies between the aircraft OEMs and Hartzell are obvious and this latest recognition strengthens our market position significantly."

Air Transportation Expo Exceeds Expectations in Michigan

Michigan Troutedit.jpg The Oakland County International Airport along with the Michigan Business Aviation Association, recently hosted a business aviation expo in Pontiac, Michigan featuring representatives from top aircraft manufacturers as well as charter flight, fractional ownership, and air freight companies.

The September 25th Air Transportation Expo, featured over $250 million in static aircraft on display. These included everything from a Waco to a G650ER and highlighted business jets from Bombardier and Dassault/Falcon. Several informative sessions were held including Getting Started with Business Aviation, Operating a Flight Department, and The Ins and Outs of Fractional Ownership. (Shown above from left are, Dave VanderVeen, Oakland County; Mike Trout, MDOT’s Office of Aeronautics; L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County; John Hatfield, Dow Corning Corporation).

The Michigan Department of Transportation - Office of Aeronautics also participated in the event, which exceeded expectations drawing over 300 paid attendees from businesses throughout Michigan, 20 display booths, and several distinguished guests. Office of Aeronautics Administrator Mike Trout, A.A.E. gave remarks on behalf of Governor Rick Snyder, emphasizing the benefits of general aviation to Michigan and the use of aircraft for business.

FAA Expands Unmanned Aircraft Pathfinder Efforts

IMG_0862edit4.jpg The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has entered into a Pathfinder agreement with CACI International Inc. to evaluate how the company’s technology can help detect Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the vicinity of airports.

In testimony on October 7th before the House Aviation Subcommittee, FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker (Shown in a file photo at right) said that flying an unmanned aircraft near a busy airfield poses an unacceptable safety hazard. During the hearing titled, “Ensuring Aviation Safety in the Era of Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” Whitaker told the congressional panel the FAA signed an agreement this week to assess the safety and security capabilities of CACI’s product within a five-mile radius of airports, and the agency also will collaborate with its government partners.

WAI Welcomes Cassandra Bosco as Newest Staff Member


Boscoedit.jpg Cassandra Bosco has joined the Women in Aviation International staff as Education and Industry Relations Director. The position was created as part of the organization’s strategic plan to grow WAI’s education offerings and outreach to youth and college and university students.

A founding board member of WAI and WAI member #3, Bosco’s background includes serving as Interim Executive Director of the University Aviation Association (UAA), leading implementation of aviation programs at NBAA including initial development of the professional development program and creating NBAA’s Aviation for Kids program as well as co-creating NBAA’s No Plane, No Gain advocacy initiative.

“Cassandra is well known within the aviation community, and her experience and energy will be put to good use at WAI,” said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian.

Unmanned Flying Competition Hosted by Embry-Riddle at National Championship Air Races

Reno Drone Challenge.JPG Tapping into the latest unmanned technology, attendees at this year’s National Championship Air Races at Reno took to the skies as part of the Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) Challenge held Sept. 16-20. The 2015 sUAS Challenge, which featured an obstacle and speed course for the unmanned flying vehicles commonly referred to as drones, was held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s aviation mobile interactive exhibit, the Embry-Riddle Experience, and was sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center in partnership with NASA.

Building on the success of last year’s challenge, the event was held at the event’s expanded Drone Zone. It was composed of two separate competitions inside a netted 40 foot by 60 foot by 30 foot high enclosure: An “Open Class” where competitors raced their own sUAS and the “International Race of Champions” (IROC) format race where participants raced identical drones provided by Embry-Riddle.

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