The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) presented the Mervin K. Strickler Aerospace Education Award to James (Jim) and Angela Thompson on Thursday of last week during the monthly luncheon of the Aero Club of Washington. The award, presented by Rol Murrow, Vice President of NCASE, was in recognition of the husband and wife team for outstanding achievements in the field of aerospace education and the development of the Blue Skies Foundation and its outstanding “Aim Higher Program.”
In 1995, NCASE established the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Jr. Award to honor Dr. Strickler and recognize individuals or organizations that share his personal commitment and lifelong contributions to aerospace education. Dr. Strickler has promoted aerospace education for more than 55 years and is considered the “father” of aerospace education.
Using the motivational force of aviation to inspire interest and learning and in teaching STEM is the basis for Blue Skies Foundation and the Aim Higher Program. The number of students reached through Jim and Angela Thompson’s efforts this year passed 1,000 and will continue to increase annually as new schools and individual students are added to the programs. (Pictured above are from left, Jim and Angela Thompson and Dr. Lee Siudzinski, Executive Director, Blue Sky Foundation.)
Piper Aircraft, Inc. recently delivered four new Archer training aircraft equipped with Garmin G500 avionics to the Malaysian Flying Academy, Malaysia.
"Our cadets are eager to begin flying these four new Piper single-engine trainers. The G500 avionics package is ideally suited to the training curriculum offered by our academy," said Captain Stephen Terry, Principal of the Malaysian Flying Academy. Earlier in 2014, the Malaysian Flying Academy took delivery of four Seminoles. The two recent deliveries are part of Malaysian Flying Academy's long-term plan to upgrade their exclusively-Piper fleet.
Bell Helicopter announced last week the Ministry of Health in Kuwait will be operating the first two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in the Middle East. The purchase agreement for the aircraft was announced at the end of last year, and is a milestone win for the region.
The Ministry of Health will be contracting the EMS Bell 429 through Al-Safwa Security and Defense Systems Company, with an expected delivery time of April 2015.
“This organization has been able to assemble this complex life-saving program in just a short amount of time, and we are honored to be involved in such an undertaking,” said Steve Suttles, vice president and director of Middle East and African sales. “The Bell 429 will provide the advanced support and exceptional performance they need during these demanding missions.”
Bell Helicopter announced recently it has made the first delivery of the Bell 429 Wheeled Landing Gear (WLG) in North America. The aircraft has been delivered to professional NASCAR driver and founder and CEO of SunEnergy1, Kenny Habul.
SunEnergy1 is a vertically integrated solar energy performance certificate (EPC) company based in Mooresville, N.C., that specializes in utility-scale, ground-mount projects. The Bell 429WLG will be used for corporate and VIP transportation.
“The Bell 429WLG is the perfect fit for our corporate and transportation needs,” said Habul. “After careful evaluation and conversations with the Bell Helicopter team, I chose the aircraft because of its’ exceptionally spacious cabin, excellent avionics options and impressive power and range.”
Bell Helicopter announced recently an update to the Bell Helicopter North American sales team. Effective immediately, Ron Orndoff will assume the role of Regional Sales Manager in North America, responsible for overseeing marketing and sales activities within the Northeast region.
“Ron joined the North American team just a few short months ago and has quickly made an impact in the Northeast region,” said Anthony Moreland, Bell Helicopter’s vice president of North American sales. “His experience in the aviation industry coupled with his passion for Bell Helicopter products is clearly demonstrated through his ability to deliver for our customers.”