Lynda M. Dorman of Silver Spring, Maryland, has been hired by WTS International, the association for the global advancement of women in transportation, as its Chief Corporate Relations Officer. With more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit executive leadership, Dorman is charged with all aspects of strategic initiatives related to fund development and management of corporate partnerships from public, private and nonprofit sources and creating a diversified revenue stream that supports organizational sustainability and growth for the association as it expands globally. Dorman is part of the WTS International executive team, reporting directly to its President and CEO, Marcia Ferranto.
“WTS International’s plan to expand both globally and here in the U.S. is in alignment with the needs of the transportation industry and infrastructure initiatives throughout the U.S. and the world,” said Ferranto. “With Lynda Dorman leading our development efforts, WTS is poised to support the industry with the proliferation of professional chapters, college chapters, and our Transportation YOU program, which is designed to engage 13 - 18 year old girls in STEM studies and a future in the transportation field. Public- and private-sector support is key to WTS International’s initiatives to help bridge the impending workforce gap that has already started to widen—by 2017, there will be a shortage of skilled professionals available to fill more than two million open jobs.”
As a result of ongoing conversations with law enforcement personnel, the Unmanned Systems & Security Product (USPD) Division of Applied Research Associates (ARA) recently had the opportunity to demonstrate the usefulness of the Nighthawk IV Micro Unmanned Air System (UAS) to the Vermont State Police search-and-rescue and accident reconstruction teams and an Army Civil Support Team (CST). Although members of the public have cited privacy concerns regarding micro-UAS technology, use in national airspace, search-and-rescue and accident reconstruction missions could provide benefits far outweighing these concerns.
The Vermont State Police specifically created a training scenario using military airspace at an Army training facility to take an initial look at Nighthawk performing these two missions. The demonstration started by having a State Police vehicle drive away to a hidden location from the Nighthawk launch and recovery area. Once at the hidden location, the officers used a cell phone to call 911 to simulate a lost person calling for help. The dispatcher then contacted the State Police officers at the launch and recovery site, providing the latitude and longitude coordinates of the hidden State Police vehicle. This location was manually entered into the Nighthawk autopilot. About four minutes later, the Nighthawk was circling this vehicle using its EO/IR cameras to identify the target. The demonstration continued with additional search-and-rescue and accident reconstruction flights using customized ARA software to quickly post-process the digitized imagery into usable information.
Duncan Aviation is the largest family-owned aircraft support facility in North America. That statement is much more than bragging rights. And the key word in the sentence is family. The people are the reason Duncan Aviation is what it is today, and those talented and tenacious team members who come to work every day are the reason the company’s Lincoln, Nebraska, facility is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.
A half a century is certainly a benchmark, especially in the modern aviation industry, which isn’t much older. It was on December 5, 1963, that Donald Duncan incorporated Duncan Beechcraft-Lincoln. Though the name has changed, the number of locations has grown, and those 12 employees have turned into more than 1,200, one thing remains the same: Duncan Aviation-level quality.
Shell has become the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for Aviation Gasoline (Avgas 100 and 100LL), and will now begin a strict regulatory approvals process. Avgas is one of the last common transportation fuels to contain lead and is used by light aircraft and helicopters. Shell’s new lead-free formulation comes after 10 years of exhaustive R&D, as well as successful initial testing, carried out in the last two months by two original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Xinsheng (Sheng) Zhang, Vice-President of Shell Aviation said, “We are proud of this first for Shell Aviation. This advanced product is the latest milestone in our long history of innovation. We believe that with industry support, a stringent approvals process can be completed for this new lead-free product within a short time-frame. We look forward to working alongside our technical partners and authorities to progress the necessary approvals needed to make this product a reality for use in light aircraft engines of all types.”
Avgas currently includes lead in its formulation to meet fuel specifications and boost combustion performance (known as Motor Octane rating). Shell has developed an unleaded Avgas that meets all key Avgas properties and that has a Motor Octane rating of over 100, an industry standard. The development of a technically and commercially-viable unleaded Avgas that meets these criteria has been seen by the aviation industry as a significant challenge, due to the tight specifications and strict flight safety standards that it has to adhere to.
Sixel Consulting Group, an air service development and airport marketing firm, has hired Katie Jones to provide marketing and community outreach services to the company's West Coast clients. Jones comes to Sixel Consulting Group from San Diego International Airport, where she served as the Airport's spokesperson and social media editor. She recently led outreach efforts for the airport's billion-dollar Green Build expansion project.
Her public outreach campaigns have been recognized in both the aviation and public relations fields, garnering awards such as the 2012 ACI-NA Marketing and Communications Award - Public Relations Campaigns; a 2012 Gold SABRE Award - Government Agencies; and a 2011 Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America. Under her leadership, Forbes.com named San Diego International Airport one of the top 10 airports on Twitter, and in 2012 Katie was named one of Airport Business Magazine's "Top 40 under 40."