Two Nebraskans Receive Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award

Joe Huffman, Sr., an FAA Certification Engineer with Duncan Aviation, and Bernard Michael, a former long-time technician with Duncan Aviation, were recently honored as recipients of the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.

The Nebraska Aviation Mechanics Seminar committee and the Federal Aviation Administration presented them with the awards at a banquet on the evening of January 29 in Kearney. The presentation was conducted in conjunction with the annual evening banquet at the Nebraska Aviation Mechanics and IA Renewal Seminar.

The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named in honor of Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. Taylor served as the Wright brothers' mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft. The award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics.

Award recipients are required to have worked for a period of 50 years in an aviation maintenance career and must have been an FAA-certificated mechanic or repairman working on N-registered aircraft maintained under the Federal aviation regulations for a minimum of 30 of the 50 years required.

American Airlines to Honor Tuskegee Airmen in Recognition of Black History Month

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American Airlines Tuskegee.jpg American Airlines is marking Black History Month by paying tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen with an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary “The Luft Gangster: Memoirs of a Second Class Hero” at the company’s C.R. Smith Museum. (Photo - American Airlines Capt. Eugene Richardson, III, and his father, Tuskegee Airman Eugene J. Richardson, Jr.)

“The Luft Gangster” has not been released to the public, but the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum, in partnership with the Airpower Foundation and several of American’s Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs), will host an invitation-only screening on Wednesday, Feb. 3. In attendance will be American Airlines Capt. Eugene Richardson, III, who is the son of Tuskegee Airman Eugene J. Richardson, Jr.; Gwenelle Spann, the widow of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Calvin Spann; and American Airlines President Scott Kirby.

The film chronicles the life and struggle of retired Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, a Tuskegee Airman and former prisoner of war. During World War II, Lt. Col. Jefferson, now 93, fought for his country and was taken as a POW by the German Army. When he was released and returned home at the end of the war, he encountered racism, bigotry and segregation.
“The unsung and unappreciated heroes like my father have allowed me to enjoy an amazing career in aviation,” said Capt. Eugene Richardson, whose story is featured in the February issue of American Way. “I’m proud to honor him and his fellow Tuskegee Airmen by sharing their story with the next generation of aviation professionals.”

Conklin & De Decker to Present ‘Managing Aircraft Operating Costs’ Seminar in Mexico

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Conklin & de Decker recently announced its Managing Aircraft Operating Costs Seminar will be held March 14th in Toluca, Mexico. The inaugural program will be hosted by EOLO, at their Toluca Airport FBO, and co-sponsored by Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI).

The Managing Aircraft Operating Costs Seminar is designed for aviation professionals who own, operate or manage fixed-winged aircraft or helicopters and want to further understand how operating costs can impact their operation and its mission.

“Toluca is an important business aviation hub for Mexico, so we are excited to take our seminar to this aviation community for the first time,” commented David Wyndham, President of Conklin & de Decker. “It is so important today for flight operations to have a clear understanding of their operating costs and how they can effectively manage these costs and that is our objective for this one-day seminar. We also made it convenient to attend for those coming to Toluca for the AeroExpo aviation event, beginning March 16th,” added Wyndham.

Federal Grant Assurances and the Airport Sponsor

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Bill Dunn_1.png When airport owners/ sponsors, planning agencies, or other organizations accept funds from FAA-administered airport financial assistance programs, they enter into a contract which includes certain obligations. These obligations, also called grant assurances, require the recipients of Federal funds to maintain and operate their facilities safely and efficiently and in accordance with the conditions included in the grant assurances. The assurances may be attached to the grant for Federal assistance and become part of the final grant offer or in restrictive covenants to property deeds. The duration of these obligations depends on the type of recipient and the useful life of the facility being developed. Grant Assurances are codified in Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Section 47107. The airport sponsor is required to abide by the Grant Assurances or face a penalty.

Assurances include provisions that the sponsor certify, that the sponsor will abide by certain Federal legislation, Executive Orders, Federal Regulations, Veteran’s Preference and a number of other more or less administrative items. But more importantly, assurances also include a number of provisions for the actual operation and availability of the airport for public use.

So why should you care about Grant Assurances? Whether an FBO, hangar tenant, tie-down tenant or other user of the airport, Grant Assurances provide a level of protection.

Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner to Saudia

787 Saudi.jpg Boeing and Saudia, Saudi Arabia's national airline, last week celebrated the triple delivery of two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and a 777-300ER (Extended Range). A third Dreamliner will be delivered to Saudia within the next week. The airline ordered eight 787-9s in 2010.

Saudia is no stranger to such large deliveries. In December 1999, Boeing delivered three 777s to Saudia.

"The delivery of our first Dreamliners marks yet another exciting chapter in Saudia's long-standing relationship with Boeing that began in the early 1960s," said His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser al-Jasser, Director-General, Saudi Arabian Airlines. "With its reputation for reliability, operational efficiency and comfort, we now look forward to the 787 becoming an integral addition to Saudia's fleet as we continue our fleet modernization and expansion as part of our transformation plans."

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