NASA Transfers NextGen Software Tech to FAA

NextGen software technology that will allow air traffic controllers to maximize the benefits of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures on the approach to the runway was transferred to the FAA from NASA last week in an official ceremony at FAA headquarters.

Coupled with the precision of PBN, the technology, called Terminal Sequence and Spacing, provides predictability, allowing controllers to safely reduce excess spacing between approaching aircraft, saving time and fuel while reducing emissions.

California Highway Patrol Awards Competitive Bid to Mahindra Aerospace

8.jpg Following a competitive process across available platforms, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) awarded Mahindra Aerospace the bid for the purchase of its Airvan 8. “With its proven performance in the areas of reconnaissance, surveillance, fire fighting and emergency evacuation,” stated Arvind Mehra, Executive Director and Global CEO of Mahindra Aerospace, “the Airvan 8 is the right choice for state and federal operations.”

Successfully flying ISR missions since 2003, the Airvan 8 is in daily service in the United States with 16 flown by the USAF Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol. Mahindra Aerospace, through acquisition of GippsAero, has delivered over 200 Airvan 8s worldwide and has implemented a sales, service and support network in North America. This network includes West Coast Aviation Sales, a company with over 20 years of proven aircraft support services.

Sonex Personal Jet Achieves First Flight

SubSonex_071114-5-198.jpg Sonex Aircraft announce that SubSonex Personal Jet model JSX-2 achieved first flight on Thursday, July 10th, completing a successful series of initial flight tests through the remainder of the week. "Its flight characteristics can be summed up in two words," remarks JSX-2 test pilot Bob Carlton, "fast & smooth. She handles great and climbs well."

The initial goal of the flight test program was to evaluate the systems, flight controls, gear and overall aircraft geometry, and handling through moderately high speeds, all of which were accomplished on Thursday during three flights. Following recommended FAA flight test protocols, the flight test team began earlier in the week with a slow taxi test and static engine runs progressing through high-speed taxi and finally the July 10th first flight.

Georgia State Patrol Expands Bell Helicopter Fleet at ALEA 2014

4_429WLG.jpg Bell Helicopter has announced a signed purchase agreement with Georgia State Patrol for a Bell 429 at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) exposition last week in Phoenix, Ariz. The signing ceremony took place in front of the aircraft on display at Bell Helicopter's booth.

“We are excited to add this great aircraft to our fleet,” said Sergeant Greg Mercier of the Georgia State Patrol. “We will rely on the Bell 429 for its power, speed and large, accessible cabins for our parapublic missions.”

The Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division has operated Bell helicopters since the 1970s with a Bell 47. The unit supports public safety for the citizens of Georgia. Currently, the Georgia State Patrol has a fleet of six Bell 407s, one Bell 206, five Bell OH-58s and one Cessna 182 airplane, and a total of six field hangers located throughout Georgia. The aircraft will be used for a wide array of law enforcement missions, including surveillance, search and rescue and support of ground personnel.


Returning for its 15th consecutive year as exclusive automotive sponsor for the world’s greatest aviation celebration, Ford Motor Company will bring exciting attractions and fan favorites to the 2014 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh. The popular Ford Hangar will feature state-of-the-art interactive attractions, the latest advances in automobile technology and the entire lineup of the most extensive launch of new vehicles in Ford history: all on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

This year, Ford's commitment to bring first-rate entertainment and attractions to the EAA annual convention includes an opening day concert featuring Kenny Loggins; a celebration of “50 Years of Mustang” activities, including Mustang pedal cars, electric cars, classic cars and the all-new 2015 Mustang; the nightly Fly-In Movie Theater with blockbuster and classic aviation films; the Raptor Rock Wall and Tough Tumblers Bungee Trampolines; and a closing Saturday evening dedicated to the Beatles. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 takes place July 28 to August 3, a week in which Wittman becomes the busiest airport in the world.

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