The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the names of 12 charities, selected from hundreds of nominees, as the finalists to participate in the 6th Annual Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Pilots Choice Awards grant program.
The selected charities are: Angel Flight West, Civil Air Patrol, Experience Aviation, JAARS, Miracle Flights for Kids, Missionary Flights International, Mission Aviation Foundation, New Tribes Mission Aviation, The Ninety-Nines, Patient AirLift Services, Patriots Jet Team Foundation, and Pilots N Paws.
You can support these organizations by voting in the Pilot’s Choice Awards online at LightspeedAviationFoundation.org. Finalists will receive awards up to $10,000, depending on their final vote ranking. Vote ranking will be published regularly on the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Facebook page with the final award announcement coming October 16, 2015 from the Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs, California.
Conklin & de Decker announced the Aircraft Cost Evaluator Release 15.1, the industry’s most innovative tool for benchmarking operating and ownership costs for more than 585 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft. Aircraft Cost Evaluator has been the flagship product from Conklin & de Decker’s family of aircraft operating and acquisition data products for more than 30 years.
Aircraft Cost Evaluator (ACE) is the ideal solution for aircraft owners, operators, brokers and dealers that need to make important side-by-side operating cost, specification and performance comparisons. ACE enables users to make critical decisions on aircraft acquisitions whether they are downsizing to a smaller asset or upgrading to a larger aircraft purchase or trade. ACE is referred to as the industry standard and is currently used by AMSTAT, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Jet Traveler, Twin & Turbine, Executive & VIP Jets and AvBuyer magazine.
Duncan Aviation announced that three of its team members have successfully completed the requirements to earn the American Society for Quality – Certified Calibration Technician (ASQ-CCT) designation. The ASQ-CCT is given to individuals who have at least five years of calibrations work experience and demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, quality practices in the field of calibrations.
In December of 2014, James Hood, quality manager; Todd Lieske, technical manager; and Dale Nitzel, master technician, passed the rigorous three-hour ASQ certification exam testing them on their proficiency in and comprehension of calibration principles and practices.
Jim Lomen has been named Manager of the San Fransisco Airports District Office (ADO).
In making the announcement, Mark McClardy, Manager, Airports Division for FAA’s Western Pacific Region said he was pleased to welcome Lomen to the California post. A lifelong Alaskan, Lomen is a civil engineer who has earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) while working full time for the Army Corps of Engineers in Fairbanks. He came to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1990 when he joined the FAA Airway Facilities North Alaska Sector as a General Engineer. In 1995 he left the Sector office as the NAS Planner and joined the Alaskan Region Airports Division Team.
Wildlife can wreak havoc for airports and their staff. To increase awareness and to improve safety, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will offer free training sessions for airport personnel that are tasked with handling wildlife hazards to aviation. “This training is extremely beneficial for airport owners and operators as we all try to deter wildlife strikes at airports” said Aviation Director Bobby Walston. “A lot of very practical information and hands-on training is provided at these sessions, so we encourage any aviation users to attend.”
The sessions will be hosted on Tuesday, May 19 at Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ); Thursday, June 25 at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL); and Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Moore County Airport (SOP).