The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) announced recently that it has selected the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) as the recipients of the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Aerospace Education Award, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the field of aerospace education. The awards presentation event will be announced within the coming month.
In 1995 NCASE established the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Jr. Award to honor Dr. Strickler and recognize individuals or organizations sharing his personal commitment and lifelong contributions to aerospace education. Dr. Strickler promoted aerospace education for more than 55 years and is considered the “father” of aerospace education.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) are recognized for partnering to create and sustain the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) and for making it the world’s largest rocketry-based student aerospace challenge and education program. This program, now in its fourteenth year, has enrolled nearly 9,000 US teams with more than 50,000 7th through 12th grade students from all 50 states in an engineering design and flying challenge event. The event uses model rocketry and a national network of volunteer adult mentors to teach principles of aerospace engineering and to inspire students toward aerospace careers through the safe excitement of rocket flight.
If you’re an owner/operator of a business aircraft, and you haven’t made it to one of Duncan Aviation’s free NextGen seminars this year, you have one more opportunity to find out what all the buzz is about. On December 9, 2015, Regional Avionics Sales Manager Mark Francetic will host the final seminar of the year at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant (16320 Raymer St.) in Van Nuys, California.
From 8 a.m. until 2:10 p.m. PST, Francetic and channel partners L-3 Aviation Products, Garmin Avionics, Satcom Direct, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins and Universal Avionics will present practical information about the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Future Air Navigation Systems 1A (FANS 1A) mandates. Discussion includes information about the Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and certified equipment currently available for business jets.
I’m sure you have heard of Minimum Standards in the past but why would anyone actually need them and do they apply to you or your airport? This is probably one of the most misunderstood documents, and at times, abused requirements that are implemented at a public use airport.
The FAA’s Advisory Circular AC 150/5190-7 probably contains more than you need to know or want to know about Minimum Standards but generally speaking, the goal of these standards is to create a level playing field for anyone having an interest in conducing and providing commercial aeronautical services on a federally obligated airport. Notice I said commercial aeronautical services.
Over the past 23 years, I have reviewed hundreds of these “standards” documents. The only thing they all had in common is that they are by no means standard. Some airports try to regulate all types of activities at the airport. Some try to regulate driving to a hangar or tie-down area. Some airports have codified their Minimum Standards into local ordinance essentially criminalizing any violation. And, yet other airports have attempted to utilize Minimum Standards as a vehicle to actually PREVENT competition at the airport.
The Aviation Council of Pennsylvania (ACP) announced the appointment of new officers including Scott Gray (shown at right), President (Washington County Airport), Bryan Rodgers, Vice President (University Park Airport), and John Graham, Secretary (Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics). This action was taken by the ACP Board of Directors at the 35th Annual Pennsylvania Aviation and Aerospace Conference held in October.
“I am excited about the opportunity to represent all aspects of aviation in the Commonwealth and to be able to help guide the Council” said newly appointed President Scott Gray. He continued “the ACP Officers and Board of Directors are also going to be working closely with the Senate Aviation Caucus in addressing a broad range of issues that are impacting aviation growth in the Commonwealth.”
Bell Helicopter announced the successful demonstration tour of the new Bell 407GXP throughout Nepal.
“Bell Helicopter demonstrated the heightened capability and customer-driven enhancements of the popular Bell 407 platform during the tour through Nepal,” said Sameer A. Rehman, managing director, Asia Pacific. “Throughout the demo tour, our customers praised the performance capabilities of the Bell 407GXP – noting its smooth ride, maneuverability, and increased performance at high altitudes. Proving this incredible helicopter’s capability in the Himalayan mountain range was a true testament to the Bell 407GXP’s game-changing performance in the highest terrain on the planet.”
Bell Helicopter introduced the latest variant of the popular Bell 407 platform at Heli-Expo 2015 in March, with great customer interest. The new aircraft incorporates the reliability and advanced technology of the Bell 407GX platform, and introduces performance enhancements, payload increase and pilot workload reduction.