Saturday, thousands of men, women and children tested their strength by participating in the 6th Annual Plane Pull for Special Olympics Illinois at O'Hare International Airport.
More than 100 teams of 20 (a new record) played tug-of-war with an Airbus 300 aircraft weighing more than 180,000 pounds. The unique event was sponsored by the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and UPS. This was a new record for the number of teams signed up. The teams help raise more than $150,000 for Special Olympics Illinois.
Teams competed in one of three divisions: Open Division (companies, gyms, school teams, clubs, friends and families), Public Safety Division (law enforcement officers, fire fighters, military personnel, etc.) and a new Hotel Division (for groups in the hotel industry).
The 169-page Nevada Airport Directory and Pilot's Guide distributed by the Nevada Department of Transportation provides airport maps, as well as communication and contact information, for planning flights to Nevada's 49 public-use airports. The state Aviation Map is a fold-out, statewide map of airports and related flight information and was printed in partnership with the Nevada Commission on Tourism. The charts and map are meant to aid in flight planning and are not meant to replace FAA aeronautical charts or other official flight navigation publications.
"NDOT is dedicated to providing a top transportation system to enhance Nevadan's quality of life, and aviation is one fundamental part of that," NDOT Aviation Planner Matt Furedy explained. "Nevada airports offer a vital way for people, goods and sometimes even vital medical services to move across the state, not to mention providing the freedom for pilots and visitors to tour and explore Nevada. They are vital to our economy, our tourism base and our way of life."
Economic impact studies have shown that rural Nevada aviation generates $276 million in economic activity annually, with Nevada being the fifth-most-visited state by foreign travelers.
Abu Dhabi, capital city of the United Arab Emirates, will be the start and finish of the first solar-powered flight around the world, which Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are planning to undertake in March 2015 with Solar Impulse 2 (Si2).
The announcement was made in New York during the United Arab Emirates reception on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in the presence of Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, and His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nayhan, UAE Minister for Foreign Affairs and Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. Also in attendance were officials from over 50 countries represented by Heads of State, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Heads of Permanent Missions to the United Nations.
Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, is the host partner of Solar Impulse. The team will be hosted by Masdar and Abu Dhabi at the start of January for testing and training before the start of the first solar-powered flight around the world, which is due to take place in March 2015. (Photo - from left to right: Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (Minister of State in the United Arab Emirates and Chairman of Masdar), Bertrand Piccard (Initiator, Chairman and Pilot of Solar Impulse), H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs), H.E. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh (Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations), André Borschberg (co-founder, CEO and Pilot of Solar Impulse)
Miami International Airport is the first airport in the world to have a complete and open deployment of beacons. SITA, the IT provider to the air transport industry, announced that there are now beacons registered and available to users via the SITA Common-Use Beacon Registry which cover entrances, check-in, gate, baggage claim and valet parking zones throughout Miami International Airport. Each beacon broadcasts its identifier in the zone and this can be used by airlines, retailers and other partners’ apps to trigger useful content to passengers or staff.
Maurice Jenkins, Division Director, Information Systems, Miami International Airport, said: “The passenger experience at Miami Airport is our number one concern and iBeacon technology allows us make it even better. We have installed beacons throughout the airport and made them available to all our stakeholders. Now we invite airlines and our other partners to invent new ways to make the passenger experience at Miami even better. With our beacons, they can now give passengers relevant information on their phones at every point of their journey through our airport.
GippsAero Pty Ltd., the aircraft-manufacturing arm of Mahindra Aerospace, has delivered a second of its Airvan 8 aircraft to the fleet of Grant Aviation in Alaska. The Airvan 8 is one of the most versatile of GippsAero’s aircraft. Specifically engineered to meet the latest in international safety standards, it is perfectly suited for the often harsh conditions in Alaska where general aviation plays such a pivotal role in overall transportation. Not only is it a high-performance aircraft with low operation costs, low emissions and low noise, it has short take-off and landing capabilities – ideal for places with semi-prepared runways.
Grant Aviation services over 100 communities throughout Alaska. Since its creation in 1971, Grant has been focused on providing safe, easy and comfortable travels to its many customers. As active members of the AACA (Alaska Air Carriers Association) Medallion Foundation, Grant Aviation has received several AACA Accident Free awards.
(Photo Information, L to R: Don Hatton, Airvan Alaska, George Morgan, Founder of GippsAero; Bruce McGlasson, President and CEO Grant Aviation, Arvind Mehra, Executive Director and Global CEO of Mahindra Aerospace, Keith Douglas, CEO, GippsAero.)