May 6, 2010 Volume
11, Number 18
APPROVES JETMAN FLIGHT
Rossy, known the world over as “Jetman,” received official approval
from the Las Vegas FSDO - including an N number - for his first U.S.
flight on Friday morning, May 6, over the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Rossy
and his jet wing, N15YR, will be taken to about 7,000 feet AGL by a
helicopter, fire up the four small model-aircraft jet engines then jump
out to soar over the canyon. A shout-out to Pete Yikos, manager and his
staff at the FSDO, who went the extra mile to make sure all the
individual registration and certification actions were completed in a
two-day time frame - a process that normally would of taken weeks. The
flight is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. MDT. Read
PILOTS' HELP RE-CREATE 'DAMBUSTERS'
you get this number?" That was Buffalo Airways Manager Mikey
McBryan's first response when, as he put it, "a couple British
guys" called and said, "We're looking for an aviation company
that can drop a spinning bomb and hit a dam." His next comment will
come as no surprise to those who are familiar with McBryan and Buffalo
Airways thanks to the success of the reality television series Ice
Pilots NWT: "Yeah, it's totally possible. And I can guarantee you
that no one else will do this but us." Read
more and listen to the interview
PELTON'S LEADERSHIP WILL BE MISSED
Jack Pelton left the helm at Cessna earlier this week his
departure created a gaping hole in GA leadership. There is no
replacement in sight. Cessna is the only company to build an
entire range of airplanes from the LSA 162 Skycatcher to
Citation X, the fastest civilian jet in production. In other
words, Cessna matters to GA really big time. Whoever runs Cessna
automatically has enormous influence on the GA industry. But
Jack's importance to GA was much greater than simply being the
head of the largest volume maker of airplanes.
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MULTIMEDIA - REO
SPEEDWAGON AT EAA
a full AirVenture 2011 opening day on Monday, July 25, REO Speedwagon
will rock Oshkosh, courtesy of Ford Motor Company. The performance, free
of charge to all AirVenture guests that day, is held on ConocoPhillips
Plaza immediately following the afternoon air show. Watch
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FEATHER: SS2 SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYS DRAG-INDUCING RE-ENTRY SYSTEM
Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2/VMS Enterprise) demonstrated its unique
re-entry "feather" configuration for the first time Wednesday,
May 4, during its seventh test flight over Mojave Air and Spaceport,
California. Virgin Galactic called the test flight - the third in 12
days - a major milestone on the path to powered test flights and
commercial operations. Read
SYMPOSIUM CELEBRATES THE 'DAWN OF ELECTRIC FLIGHT'
CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium last weekend was packed with so many
new airplanes and concepts that it was like seeing 30 college lectures
in two days, as the information came fast and furious. In the opening
remarks, CAFE President Dr. Brien Seeley dubbed the 2011 event "the
dawn of electric flight," citing that there has been
"exponential growth" since the first symposium in 2007.
Experimenter Editor Pat Panzera was there to see it all and filed a
two-part report that covers both the cool new planes that are competing
in the Green Flight Challenge, as well as promising new technologies
that will reach far beyond aviation.
Read Part 1
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FRANCE 447 VOICE AND DATA RECORDERS RECOVERED
cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) from Air
France 447, an Airbus A330 that crashed into the southern Atlantic Ocean
in June 2009, have been brought to the surface. The Bureau d'Enquetes et
d'Analyses (BEA), the French version of the NTSB, announced
on its website that the FDR was recovered Sunday morning and the CVR
was located and recovered Monday evening. The memory unit on the FDR was
found intact but separated from its mounting, whereas the voice recorder
was also found intact but still attached to its mounting. The devices
should arrive in France by the end of next week, when we'll find out
what two years of submersion in saltwater at estimated depths of
6,000-13,000 feet have done to any data that may be stored in the units.
THAN 170 LOCAL EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY
than 170 individual events are scheduled for EAA's second annual
International Learn to Fly Day (ILTFD), set for Saturday, May 21. Tens
of thousands of future aviators will have the opportunity take that
first step toward discovering the fun, freedom, and accomplishment of
flight at this aviation community-wide effort. Read
JACK PELTON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
week Jack J. Pelton announced his retirement as chairman, president, and
CEO of Cessna Aircraft after more than a decade with the company. He
came to Cessna in November 2000 as senior vice president of product
engineering and oversaw engineering and product development,
encompassing new aircraft development, design, experimental and
production test flight, certifications, and product improvements for all
Cessna models. He was named president and chief executive officer in
2003 and chairman in 2005. Read
THAN 100 DAYS REMAIN UNTIL OPENING DAY
‘World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration’ packed with special
clock is ticking toward the July 25 opening day of EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” which is now
fewer than 100 days away. The 59th annual edition of EAA’s fly-in
convention takes place July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in
PILOTS SOUGHT FOR FLY-IN TO DELIVER SUPPLIES TO ALABAMA TORNADO VICTIMS
Aerobridge is planning a GA fly-in to bring supplies to areas of Alabama
affected by recent tornadoes. Under the direction of FEMA, Aerobridge is
seeking pilots willing to collect supplies from their local area and fly
to one of two designated Alabama airports closest to the hardest hit
areas. Pilots are asked to land at Tuscaloosa (KTCL) or Jasper (KJFX) on
Saturday, May 7, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., when volunteers will be on
hand to receive the supplies. Aerobridge sees this as an opportunity to
demonstrate the value of GA and municipal airports as a lifeline to
their communities. Read
more to see a list of needed supplies
RAF WARBIRDS PAST AND PRESENT SALUTE ROYAL COUPLE
was predicted that more than 2 billion people around the world would
watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton Friday morning, April 28. The
ceremony unfolded as expected with the proper amount of pomp and
circumstance including a flyover, or as they say in Britain a "flypast,"
of an Avro Lancaster Bomber flanked by a Hawker Hurricane and a
Supermarine Spitfire. Seconds later they were followed by a quartet of
jet fighters including two Panavia Tornados and two Eurofighter
several videos showing the flypasts from various angles around
10 THE EARLIEST FOR ENDEAVOUR LAUNCH
shuttle Endeavor, whose scheduled April 29 launch was scrubbed
due to a failure in a heater circuit associated with Endeavour's
hydraulic power system, won't launch before Tuesday, May 10, according
to NASA managers. Meanwhile, Endeavour's six astronauts have
returned to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston for several days of
additional training. Read
YOUR STORIES AT OSHKOSH THIS SUMMER
We're looking for a few good storytellers who have an experience or
presentation to share at the Honda Forums Plaza and Museum Speaker
showcases during AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. Be a presenter at the World's
Greatest Aviation Celebration, which includes EAA tributes to the
Centennial of Naval Aviation, Bob Hoover, Burt Rutan, Chris Heintz, the
25th anniversary of the Voyager flight, and more. If you're interested,
please contact EAA forums and presentations coordinator Mark Forss for
complete details at 920-426-6588 or via e-mail.
FINALLY COOPERATES WITH VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT
weekend, more than 350 aircraft made their way to Suffolk Executive
Airport (KSFQ) for the 14th annual Virginia Festival of Flight. After
years of bad weather, the sunshine brought in more drive- and fly-in
attendees than ever - attendance was up 150 percent from 2010 -
beginning with the Friday afternoon arrival of the Spirit of Freedom C-54
from the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation . Saturday morning,
aircraft were landing at such a rate that Mike Glave, chairman of
aircraft parking, opened up a new grass area to relieve the congestion. Read
more and view the photo gallery
first PiperSport and SportCruiser Fly-In will be held June 3-5 in
Branson, Missouri. Meet fellow pilots, talk about PiperSports and
SportCruisers, go on a gourmet dinner cruise, and see the great
entertainment that Branson has to offer. Branson Municipal (KBBG) will
host a program on Saturday featuring Dynon Avionics for discussion on
the Dynon Avionics systems and operation; Donato Martino from US Sport
Aircraft talking about warranty work and spare parts; and Dan Johnson of
www.ByDanJohnson.com discussing the world of light-sport
aircraft. Lunch on Saturday is courtesy of Piper Flyer Magazine. Read
RUNWAY 5K RUN/WALK TO BENEFIT THREE GROUPS
Running enthusiasts can navigate a unique, aircraft-lined course by
competing in the fifth annual EAA Runway 5K, scheduled for Saturday,
July 30, at 7 a.m. during AirVenture 2011 at Wittman Regional Airport in
Oshkosh. The 3.1-mile run/walk through the convention grounds will
benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, YMCA Strong Kids Fund, and
Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin. Read
history changes a little if you look close enough. It seems that 68
percent agree with the contemporary research that indicates "The
Red Baron" was felled not by Capt. Brown in his Camel, as so many
of us grew up thinking, but by a gunner on the ground.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Following
the recent raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistani compound there were
reports that a helicopter, identified by many sources as a Blackhawk,
was damaged during the mission, and then intentionally destroyed by U.S.
forces. Speculation is running wild about photos of the aircraft and
whether it was a stock bird or an entirely new and previously unknown
Do the photos from the Pakistani crash
site show the wreckage of:
• An upgraded
MH-60 – a Blackhawk with some new toys.
• A new
aircraft entirely – a “Black Project” we’ve never seen.
KIDS TO PILOTS AFTER THE YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHT
EAA's Young Eagles program has been very successful in introducing
children to the fun of flying, but what can we do to keep them
interested? EAA's Youth Programs Manager Brian O'Lena will talk about
ways that you can harness the excitement following that first flight
into steps children can make toward FAA pilot certificates and ratings.
All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless
otherwise noted. To find
out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars
EAA gratefully acknowledges the
support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous
sponsorship of our webinar programs.
TOUR HEADS TO NOCAL
B- 17 Aluminum Overcast is making its way through California on
its tour of the United States. The bomber will be the guest of EAA
Vintage Chapter 29 in Hayward, California, through Sunday, May 8, then
it's on to Sacramento, where it will be hosted by EAA Chapter 52 from
May 10-11. For more information, and to book tickets, click
EAA BUILD THE FUTURE OF AVIATION ONE STUDENT MEMBER AT A TIME
Are you a Young Eagles Pilot or chapter member? Talk to brand new Young
Eagles and tell them how to go online and activate their free
EAA Student Memberships. There's no cost to join. Be sure each Young
Eagle gets an official Young Eagles Logbook with detailed instructions
inside. An EAA Student Membership is the next step in the EAA Young
Eagles Flight Plan, a program that can take Young Eagles from first
flight to left seat. It's sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
THE FORD AND RELIVE THE GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION
Our fully restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is coming to your area. The Ford
Tri-Motor was the world's first true passenger airliner. With only nine
seats - each with a window - passengers are given a rare glimpse of this
unique flying machine that paved the way for air travel today. Our
12-stop Spring Tour kicks off May 26-30 in Racine , Wisconsin. For more
information, including schedules or to reserve your seat today click
here, or call 800-843-3612.
CANADIAN PILOTS AND AIRCRAFT OWNERS CHOOSING C-PLAN AVIATION INSURANCE
Canadian EAA members can enjoy affordable, extensive liability and
aircraft hull coverage through C-PLAN, a new offering within the EAA
Aircraft Insurance Plan. Underwritten by Global Aerospace, C-PLAN has
coverage for standard, ultralight, amateur-built, and kit aircraft. Get
a free, no obligation quote today or call 1-855-736-3407.
UP NOW FOR EAA WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR
Young women in grades 9-12 can enroll now in EAA Women Soar You Soar
2011. This unique program will be held July 28-31, 2011 - expanded to
four days! The program introduces 90-plus young women to more than 20
outstanding women, from engineers to fighter pilots, working in a
variety of aviation and aerospace fields. Women Soar includes activities
such as flight simulation, workshops, career exploration, and mentor
sessions - with an overall mission to engage, inspire, and educate young
women to pursue their dreams in aviation and beyond. The enrollment
deadline is July 10, 2011, or until all spaces are filled. Click
here to find out more about Women Soar You Soar 2011 or call
SPRING FEVER HAVE YOU WISHING YOU OWNED A PLANE?
It's a great time to fly. Enter the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit
Sweepstakes for your chance to win a Cessna 162 Skycatcher with fuel for
the year courtesy of Shell Aviation, along with other great prizes. And
never before have the other prizes been this big! Every donation to the
EAA Sweepstakes directly supports EAA programs, which allow members to
share the spirit of aviation among fellow enthusiasts and the next
generation of aviators. Click here
for more details or to enter online. No donation necessary to enter by
mail. A donation will not improve your chances of winning.
OF THE WEEK: CELEBRATE THE NEW EAA HERITAGE COLLECTION WITH FREE
SHIPPING AND 20 PERCENT OFF
you can celebrate our rich EAA legacy with the EAA Heritage Collection.
Comfortable apparel with historic EAA logos and classic looks. And,
through May 12, 2011, you can save up to 20 percent on select Heritage
Collection merchandise and get free shipping on all Heritage Collection
merchandise. (Free shipping does
not apply to express orders and is for standard shipping only.)
International orders receive 30% off on shipping and are charged a
handling fee. Click here
to find out how you can save and get free shipping on your order with
select Heritage Collection items.
EAA MERCHANDISE: MEMBER-TESTED MERCHANDISE AT 15 PERCENT OFF
up to 15 percent on items with ratings of 79-100 percent, recommended by
EAA members. Offer valid through May 11, 2011. Also, don't miss our
special offer on Tony Bingelis books, valid through May 7, 2011 - only
two more days to save 15 percent. And remember, when you purchase
anything from the EAA online store, you're supporting EAA programs that
help grow participation in aviation. Order
online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
Stealth Helos Used for bin Laden Mission
factor in the success of the bin Laden mission was using stealth
helicopters to avoid detection by the Pakistani military. This stealth
technology was revealed because U.S. soldiers were unable to destroy
the tail section of a helicopter damaged in the raid and left behind.
The tail section had “stealth-configured shapes on the boom and the
tail rotor hub fairings, swept stabilizers, and a ‘dishpan’ cover
over a five- or six-blade tail rotor.” See
a comparison of the known and unknown helicopter at David
Triple-Option Propulsion for Pipistrel Panthera
Pipistrel, the current leader in commercially available electric aircraft, revealed its latest design, the Panthera. This new aircraft has three powerplants to choose from. The traditional internal combustion engine allows four people a flight range of 1,000 nautical miles. When the all-electric propulsion option is chosen, the specs downshift to a two-person effective capacity and the range becomes 215 nautical miles. Pilots who choose the hybrid system get a higher payload and flight range than the all-electric, while still having the capability of quiet electric takeoff and zero-emission flight.
New Electric Aircraft Motor for Electraflyer X
Randall Fishman, one of the most experienced electric aircraft builders, is developing a new motor for his Electraflyer X two-seater. This 9.5-inch-diameter, three-phase, synchronous, brushless motor will deliver 60 hp continuous with a peak of 90 hp.
Phantom Ray Flying-Wing UAV Makes First Flight
Fixed-wing stealth advanced another step recently as the Boeing Phantom Ray flying-wing stealth UAV took off from Edwards Air Force Base for its first flight. The Phantom Ray got up to 178 knots and climbed to 7,500 feet as it took the initial step in defining and exploring its flight envelope.
Morpheus Lander Tests Tether in Hover Trials
The Morpheus, a NASA lunar/extraterrestrial lander, performed its third tethered hover test on April 27. As the video linked in this article shows, there is a good reason to use a tether for early-stage tests like this. The Morpheus project is developing a flight system for autonomous landing and hazard detection on faraway planets, moons, and asteroids.
|AeroInnovations aims to highlight developments that have potential to impact the future of aviation. EAA does not necessarily endorse the ideas, products, services, or views contained therein.
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: WOOD
WING RIB JIG CONSTRUCTION
Clark shares some tips on making a wood wing rib jig. Dave and other
members of Chapter 1311 are helping Paul Poberezny construct a replica
of the Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace. Watch
TIMELESS VOICES OF
AVIATION: BOB WEBB
a thirteen year old boy in England, Robin “Bob” Webb would watch in
awe as Spitfires and Hurricanes attacked JU-88s in the skies overhead
during the Battle of Britain. He and his friends would ride their
bicycles out to crash sites in search of live ammunition. In late 1943,
he joined the Royal Air Force as an apprentice engineer. After his
training, he served as a ground engineer (mechanic) for the bulk of his
fourteen year RAF career. He left the service in 1957 and joined British
Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) in November of that year. He spent
his first six years with BOAC as a flight engineer on the Britannia 102,
then spent some time on the Comet before spending ten years on the
Vickers VC-10. In 1974, BOAC became part of British Airways, and in
1975, Bob was selected as one of the first four flight engineers on the
Concorde. He spent eight years on the Concorde before retiring from the
airline in 1983. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 42
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
& A: I am
considering using a clear braided nylon-reinforced
vinyl fuel line to transfer mogas from a temporary
collapsible fuel tank to the main fuel tank of an
E-LSA. Are nylon-reinforced vinyl fuel lines
suitable for 100LL avgas?
if fuel lines are approved for mogas, as this
appears to be, using 100LL avgas should also be
acceptable, since 100LL avgas has fewer additives
than mogas in the first place. As in all
experimental applications like this, you are advised
to test the fuel line by soaking a sample of it for
an extended period of time in the fuel you plan on
using it with. If you see any degradation, don't use
Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues,
e-mail EAA Government Relations.
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail EAA
Burt Rutan has
brought Boomerang, his one-time personal transport
aircraft, to Oshkosh several times, including in
1996 when this photo was taken by EAA Chief
Photographer Jim Koepnick. Boomerang and a host of
other Rutan-designed airplanes will be back at
AirVenture 2011 to help with EAA's salute to Burt
Rutan, scheduled for July 28. Boomerang will be
featured in the May issue of Sport Aviation.
this wallpaper image from the EAA
website, where you can choose among several different
resolutions to suit
your screen - including three wide-screen
sizes ... or select an image from the archive.
'BLAINE AVIATION DAYS' FLY-IN COMING
UP NEXT MONTH
Pilots and the general public are invited to Anoka County Airport (ANE)
in Blaine, Minnesota, on May 21-22, for "Blaine Aviation
Days." The two-day event will feature an open house tour of the
Golden Wings Museum and its collection of more than 25 vintage aircraft,
daily warbird and military flyovers, kids activities, a parade of
antique and classic cars, aviation exhibitors and vendors, and FAA pilot
safety seminars. EAA Chapter 237 will host a pancake breakfast from 7
a.m. - 11 a.m. both days, with lunch hosted by the Civil Air Patrol.
This is a free event to the public, with a request for parking donations
to help cover costs. For more information, click
here, or call 763-568-6072.
MANAGE MULTIPLE TIME ZONES WITH AIRPORT ZULU APP
AeroCharts released AirportZulu, a new app that allows iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch users to manage multiple time zones based on more than 25,000 airport locations worldwide. The app features full-time display of the current UTC/GMT time with preferences to allow display of 12- and 24-hour times, day, and date. Local times are display the relation of the locale to UTC/GMT time. Users can also look at UTC and local times in both the past and the future, retuning to present times with a quick shake of the display. For more information, click here.
CESSNA POSITIONS NEWEST MOBILE SERVICE
UNIT IN GEORGIA
Cessna Aircraft Company has positioned its newest Mobile Service Unit at Preferred Jet Center LLC near Atlanta at Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field. The Atlanta MSU, the 12th in the fleet, will serve Cessna Citation customers primarily in central and northern Georgia, southeastern Tennessee, and northeastern Alabama. Cessna plans to position six additional MSUs this year including one in Canada and a second in Europe. For more information on Cessna, click here.
MASTER INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM REVISED FOR GLIDERS
Master Instructors LLC recently announced revisions to its Master Instructor Continuing Education Program to improve participation by glider instructors. An advisory committee of five Master CFIs, who also were experienced glider instructors, developed a number of glider-specific recommendations that have been incorporated into the Master Instructor application package. The Master Instructor Program provides a national accreditation for aviation educators based on advanced professional standards and rigorous peer review. For more information, click here.
NEW PITOT TUBE COVERS, NACELLE STREAMERS FROM WICKS
Wicks Aircraft Supply now offers a new line of colorful, durable covers for pitot tubes and nacelle plug streamers that will fit most single- and twin-engine aircraft models. Made of heavy canvas and florescent plastic that is light-reflective, each Hi Viz product features a prominent “Remove Before Flight” label that can easily be seen day or night. For information, click here.
THREE ABLE FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
Korel Cudmore, Eric Ingram, and Specialist Jermaine Strachan will join previously announced scholarship recipient Kevin Crombie at Able Flight’s second joint training program at Purdue University beginning in late May. Korel Cudmore is the first scholarship recipient who is deaf, Specialist Jermaine Strachan is a two-time recipient of the Purple Heart for injuries received in Iraq, and Eric Ingram is a quadriplegic due to a rare genetic disorder. For more information, click here.
HARTZELL ANNOUNCES CONVERSION PROP FOR BARON 55
Hartzell Propeller Inc. received FAA approval of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that covers a new three-bladed propeller conversion kit for the Beechcraft Baron 55 fleet. The new Hartzell Top Prop kit features Scimitar aluminum alloy blades derived from Hartzell’s Reno Super Sport race-winning design provide an increased ground clearance as well as a noise reduction of 5.8 decibels, as compared to its original 84-inch two-blade, and 1.1 decibel lower than the 76-inch standard three-blade props. For more information, click here.
NEW BOOK EXPLORES MASSACHUSETTS’ AIRPORTS
Interested in the history of airports in Massachusetts? John Fiske’s The Pilots’ Guide to the Airports of Historic Massachusetts explores the 38 public use airports in the Bay State. The self-published, 96-page book links each airport to local history. For more information, click here.
ZEPPELIN TO MAKE THREE GOODYEAR BLIMPS
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced it will team up with German manufacturer ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik to build three new blimps beginning in 2013. The airships will be built by Zeppelin and Goodyear teams at Goodyear’s airship hangar near Akron. The first new blimp will go into operation in 2014. Each new airship will cost about $21 million, including technical support. The replacements will be longer (246 feet versus 192 feet), will fly faster (73 mph versus 54 mph), and will have more gondola seats (13 versus seven, including pilot). For more information, click here.
AUSTRALIAN AIR SAFARI TOUR IN 2012
Australian Air Safaris is proud to announce its Circumnavigate Australia tour. Departing in March 2012, the 30-day safari will cover some of the most rugged, lush, and amazing landscapes imaginable, including the Horizontal Waterfall, a million-acre cattle station, opal mines, wineries, and the Ningaloo Reef (a lesser-known sister to the Great Barrier Reef). Mention that you saw this promotion in
e-Hotline and receive a $500 per person discount on your tour. For additional details, click here.
PIPER DELIVERS WARRIORS TO FARMINGDALE
Piper Aircraft Inc. recently delivered two new Piper Warrior aircraft to Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, New York. In addition, the college, which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, plans to purchase a new Piper Arrow. The nearly $1-million purchase of the three aircraft will expand Farmingdale’s learning fleet to 22 planes and increase the capacity for the Professional Pilot track from 80 to 125 students. For more information on Piper aircraft, click here.
WATHEN FOUNDATION RECEIVES $541K IN CONTRIBUTIONS
The Thomas W. Wathen Foundation has received three donations, totaling $541,000. The gifts, in amounts of $1,000, $40,000, and $500,000, were made to sustain existing programs and to help launch a number of vital new programs that will provide educational and training experiences while advancing the cause of GA. For more information on the foundation, click here.