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, 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 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.
Services such as morning weather briefing and flight planning will be available in a new location for pilots at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the 62nd annual fly-in convention for the Experimental Aircraft Association, is July 28-Aug. 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
EAA Pilot Services, presented by Signature Flight Support, will be located in the Federal Pavilion. DTC DUAT will be the official weather provider, and ForeFlight will have iPads on hand for pilots to explore the latest ForeFlight Mobile features. The daily weather briefing will be provided by the National Weather Service.
On July 1, Gov. Jay Inslee invited aviation representatives from around the state to attend a presentation that commemorated June 2014 as General Aviation Appreciation Month in Washington.
The July event took place at the Governor’s office in Olympia with representatives from the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington Airport Management Association, Washington State Community Airports Association, Washington Pilots Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Alliance of Aviation Across America in attendance. (Photo - From left to right are, David Ketchum, WSCAA; Ryan Zulauf, WAMA; Devin Osting Alliance for Aviation Across America; Kandace Harvey, WAMA; Gov. Jay Inslee; Tristan Atkins, WSDOT; Les Smith, WPA; David Ulane, AOPA.)
In May, Inslee signed a proclamation naming June as General Aviation Appreciation Month. During the July presentation, Gov. Inslee highlighted the importance of general aviation to the state’s economy and transportation system, and lauded the efforts of WSDOT and the various aviation associations to preserve the state’s system of airports.