From Wired.com Autopia blog, “Like Sting, Bono or Madonna, only a handful of events in the world can pull off the single name and get away with it. Mention Indy or LeMans to a gearhead and he’ll know what you’re talking about. Mention Oshkosh to any pilot or aviation fan and they know your not talking about the overalls you wore as a kid.” Read the rest of the blog at Wired.com.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the leading educator in the science and business of aviation and aerospace, is launching its first two Ph.D. degree programs – in Aviation and Engineering Physics. The Aviation Ph.D is the only one in the United States.
Approval to offer the new doctoral programs was granted by the university’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Val Avionics has introduced the COM 2000 and the INS 429. These avionics represent the first new line from Val Avionics this decade.
The COM 2000 is a panel-mounted COM radio featuring dual concentric knob controls and displays active and standby frequency with push button flip-flop, and a manual squelch control. It has a large display that is easy to read from any angle, and in any lighting condition.
The INS 429 is a multi-function, fully integrated navigational instrument. The unit sports its own internal receivers, and will also display course deviation information from an external NAV or GPS source.
Ted Miller has been named president of Wichita-based, Matrix Aviation. “We are very excited to have someone with Ted’s experience to lead Matrix Aviation,” commented Warren Persavich, President of Banner Aerospace, parent company to Matrix Aviation. “For many of his years at Duncan, the group that Ted led was primarily responsible for buying and selling instruments and avionics. He has developed a tremendous reputation and his in depth knowledge will enable us to further grow the business at Matrix and better serve our aviation customers.”
President Obama is scheduled to spend ten days in August at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. That visit is causing concern for those at the local airport, Katama Airfield. Mike Creato of Classic Aviators (biplane tours) is worried a TFR will descend on the airport and effectively shut him down for the ten days. In the height of tourist season, a ten day shutdown is 15%-20% of the operating season. Read the complete story, and extensive comments at Vineyard Gazette Online.
The Boca Raton (Florida) Airport will receive $1.25 million in stimulus money. It will be spent on its runway repair. Meanwhile, a pair of airports in Texas are also applying stimulus money toward infrastructure improvements and repairs. Galveston will apply its $2 million toward rehabilitation of the airports electrical system and lighting while San Marcos will use $400,000 to supplement prior funding and continue infrastructure construction on the airports north side.
Thomas A. Bowen has joined Lancair International‘s management team as Chief Operating Officer. Effective July 20, 2009, Tom will be reporting to Joseph Bartels, President and CEO of Lancair. Mr. Bowen will manage company operations including identifying future product opportunities, product positioning, and growing the company. With a proven track record of both technical and business successes, Bowen brings to Lancair International over 30 years of aviation engineering and management experience. Previous to Lancair, Mr. Bowen was the Vice President of Engineering and Strategic Programs for the former Columbia Aircraft Company.
Lancair International Inc, founded in 1984, is celebrating its 25th year selling the world’s most successful high performance piston and turbine kit aircraft. They offer a selection of seven aircraft as Fastbuild kits: The Lancair Legacy Fixed Gear, Lancair Legacy, Lancair ES, Lancair ES-P, Lancair IV, Lancair IV-P, and the Lancair Evolution. To date, the company has delivered over 2,000 kits. As testimony to their quality and design, Lancair aircraft have set a number of world speed records and have dominated the Sports Class at the Reno Air Races for several years. For more information on Lancair International Inc., visit www.lancair.com or call (541) 923-2244.
Stratos Aircraft is now accepting deposits for the Stratos 714 Very Light Personal Jet. Stratos is also launching the Assurance Deposit Program as an incentive to attract early buyers who want to reserve their purchase position. This program assures buyers that their deposits will be held in escrow, and can be refunded at any time.
Stratos Aircraft established this program to avoid the missteps of some aircraft manufacturers, that have-in some cases-caused customers to lose their deposits. The Assurance Deposit Program is designed to hold deposit funds in interest-bearing escrow accounts at Wells Fargo Bank where the funds remain secure until applied to a progress payment that is made after a formal aircraft purchase agreement has been signed.
Meg Godlewski, a 3-time double Master, has renewed her Master CFI and Master GI accreditations. Meg is a flight and ground instructor at Crest Airpark (S36), as well as Clover Park Technical College and Green River Community College. She is active in Women in Aviation as well as The 99s and is also a staff reporter for General Aviation News.
Press TV is reporting an Antares DLR-H2 took flight on July 17 in Germany. “The power to the motor is provided by a single, advanced fuel cell, hanging under the left wing, sipping its hydrogen fuel from a tank under the right wing.”