AMT of the Year
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey presents the National AMT of the Year award to Paul New, president of Tennessee Aircraft Services Inc. The award was presented during an awards ceremony at the Theater in the Woods during EAA AirVenture 2007 in Oshkosh, WI, on Aug. 25.
Avionics Technician of the Year
Jerry Luttrull receives the 2007 Avionics Technician of the Year from Administrator Blakey. Luttrull works for Otto Instrument Service in Ontario, CA. He is currently vice president of quality and compliance.
Yingling Aviation, located at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, has announced that it will add 9,000 square feet of hangar and office space to its existing facilities to make room for McCauley propeller overhaul and service. The $1.5 million addition, which is the first portion of a two-phase expansion, is expected to be completed by March 2008.
Elliott opens design center
Elliott Aviation has opened a state-of-the-art design center at its Moline, IL, headquarters (MLI). Reflecting an enhanced emphasis on a positive customer experience during the design process, the showroom was developed with the customer in mind and showcases an extensive selection of options. Elliott designers work with aircraft owners to design exterior paint schemes and select interior elements utilizing design technology called EnVision, introduced last year. EnVision software technology includes 3-D modeling tools, allowing customers to preview a likeness of their aircraft with the colors, textures, patterns, and materials that they select.
Chance Aviation adds facility
Chance Aviation, a factory authorized parts distributor located in Indianapolis, IN, has opened a sales and distribution center in Greensboro, NC.
Lufthansa to provide support services for Virgin America
Virgin America Inc., the new U.S. airline, has commenced flight operations. And Lufthansa Technik AG is providing integrated technical operations support and Total Material Operations (TMO) to this airline. TMO is a service package covering the provisioning of spare parts and consumables. A 10-year contract worth more than $250 million was signed in 2006. Virgin America started operation with three Airbus A320 on Aug. 8, and has 31 aircraft on order.
Embry-Riddle on top
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has once again earned the top ranking in the annual “America’s Best Colleges” guide published by U.S. News & World Report magazine. In the specialty category of “Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Programs” at schools where the highest degree is a master’s, Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, FL, campus took first place, followed by the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, AZ, campus in third. The university has won the top spot every year since the category was introduced in 2001.
Wichita Aviation achieves ISO
Ametek B&S, Wichita, KS, partnered with Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) to pursue AS9110, an international standard for aerospace repair stations. With MAMTC’s help, Ametek B&S has achieved registration.
Alteon opens training center in Shanghai
Alteon Training, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA), will open a new training center in Shanghai which will house the first Boeing 787 full-flight simulator in China. In addition, Alteon has signed a partnership agreement with Shanghai Airlines to co-locate the training center at Shanghai Airline’s newly opened training center at the Pudong Airport.
The training center will be fully operational by the end of 2007 with placement of a 757/767 full flight simulator. The 787 full flight simulator with complete Boeing 787 training services including flight and maintenance training, will be ready in the first half 2008.