Massachusetts Governor Attends Ceremony for Carbon Neutral Airport Program

Mass Aeroedit.jpg Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was on hand during a June 27th celebration of the commencement of the second phase of the Nantucket Memorial Airport's carbon neutral airport program, which will implement over 25 energy conservation measures to achieve carbon neutrality.

During the Phase I process, MassDOT Aeronautics Division and Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe) solicited proposals from airports within the Commonwealth to become the Program’s pilot airport to create the first ever airport with “carbon neutral” ground operations in the United States. Phase I began in October 2012 and was completed in April 2014.


Searyedit.jpg Progressive Aerodyne is pleased to announce the opening of its newly established sales office in Shanghai, China, to support the sale of Searey Light Sport Amphibious Airplanes. The Searey was first presented to the China market at air shows in 2009, where interest in Searey airplanes was overwhelming. Since then, Progressive Aerodyne participated in subsequent air shows and invested in research and marketing in order to advance the Searey in China. The company is currently working with Chinese aviation authorities to gain certification of the Searey. The Shanghai office will manage all marketing and sales and work with government authorities in China.

First Piper Meridian Delivered In Paraguay

Piper Aircraft Inc. recently delivered its first Piper Meridian single-engine turboprop to a customer in Paraguay. Piper Aircraft, Inc. confirmed that Fiorucci International Grain Production and Distribution of South America, located in the Paraguayan capital city of Asuncion, took possession of the plane this past week. The grain company will use the aircraft for personnel transportation in support of their South American operations.

"Piper is thrilled that International Grain Production and Distribution of South America picked our top-of-the-line Meridian to meet its travel requirements," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "This is the first new Piper Meridian to see service in Paraguay and we are confident that it will perform its mission with established Piper economy and reliability."

Bell Helicopter Completes Huey II and Bell 407GT Demo Tour in the Middle East

Bell407GT_Demoedit.jpg Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), showcased the full capabilities of the Bell Huey II and the Bell 407GT during a series of demo flights in Jordan and Saudi Arabia in May and June 2014. The Bell 407GT light attack helicopter also completed a successful live fire demonstration in Amman to prove its ability to shoot both precision and non-precision weapons systems. This demonstration was completed in conjunction with L3 Wescam with the MX10 EO/IR Sensor; Dillon Aero with the M134D mini-gun; and featured BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS.)

“Customers throughout the Middle East and Africa have shown significant interest in the unique capabilities of both the Bell Huey II and the Bell 407GT, and have been eager for a chance to see the aircraft in action,” said Steve Suttles, Bell Helicopter’s managing director of commercial business in the Middle East and Africa. “We were very excited to bring both helicopters to the region to showcase exactly what they can do while operating in their own backyards.”

RTCA Members Elect 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Policy Board

RTCA members elected the 2014-2015 RTCA Board of Directors and Policy Board at the Annual Meeting of Members on July 1. The Board of Directors and Policy Board will continue to be led by Chair Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association. Ed will be joined on the Board of Directors by Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; Nick Calio, President and CEO of Airlines for America; Carl Esposito, VP, Marketing and Product Management of Honeywell Aerospace; Craig Fuller, Chairman of The Fuller Company; and RTCA President, Margaret Jenny.

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