Picture of the day: Next generation linemen

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Mom Karine Brown took this picture of twins Alex Brown and Christian Brown, sons of Jay Brown and grandsons of Hank Brown of the Greenville Jet Center at Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU) in South Carolina.
The next generation of line service refueling technicians, Alex wears hearing protection due to the “noise” from the non-turbojet pedaling aircraft his brother is making.

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Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPicture of the day: Next generation linemen

National Aviation Hall of Fame reveals Class of 2016

During last week’s National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas, the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) revealed the names of the four individuals who have been elected for enshrinement at its annual formal ceremony next October in Dayton.

Each year, the NAHF Board of Nominations, a voting body comprised of more than 120 aviation professionals nationwide, selects a handful of nominated air and space pioneers to be recognized for their achievements. Since its founding in 1962, 229 men and women have been honored.

The NAHF Class of 2016 includes:

  • Capt. Robert L. Crippen, USN (Ret), a former Naval Aviator who later joined the NASA astronaut corps, piloting the first NASA Space Shuttle mission, STS-1, and three others before transitioning to Shuttle mission director roles.
  • The late Col. George “Bud” Day, USAF (Ret), a Marines Corps combat veteran of World War II who became an Air Force fighter pilot in Korea and S.E. Asia; he was shot down and spent 67 months as Vietnam War POW, earning the Medal of Honor.
  • Christopher “Chris” Kraft, Jr., a NACA aeronautical engineer who became NASA’s first flight director, creating, implementing and directing its Mission Control Center for manned space flight programs.
  • Tom Poberezny, two-time former aerobatic champion and airshow performer who later served as president, chairman and CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He established the EAA Young Eagles program to encourage youth to become pilots.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNational Aviation Hall of Fame reveals Class of 2016

Two Week Wonder program debuts

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Plane-Crafters has introduced the Two Week Wonder program, an accelerated plane-building experience for owners and pilots who want to complete a new Zenith aircraft in record time.

Designed for busy people, the new Build-Center offers pilots the opportunity to assemble and taxi their own self-built sport aircraft after just two weeks of workshop time.

“We know and have demonstrated that Zenith kits are quick and easy to build,” says Matt Heintz, Zenair CEO and son of light aircraft designer Chris Heintz, “so we are not surprised that Plane-Crafters is basing its Two-Week-Wonder programs on our popular two-seat Zodiac and STOL designs.”

3 planesThe two-week programs at Plane-Crafters put the owner-builder in charge of the assembly process, but surrounds him with several experienced hands-on assistants at all times. This removes time-consuming hesitations and guess-work from the process, according to company officials.

By the end of the program, the engine is fired up and the owner can taxi the completed plane onto the adjacent taxiway. The aircraft can then be taken home for paint, cabin interior and final paperwork in preparation for the first flight.

Completed aircraft can be operated in the Experimental/Amateur-built (E-AB) category once final inspection and registration has been completed.

Three different Zenith Aircraft models can be assembled through this program: The CH 750 STOL and CRUZER models, as well as the low-wing Zodiac CH 650. A variety of engine choices are possible, as well as a customized panel.

Price for an aircraft built through the Plane-Crafters program will vary depending on engine, avionics and installed options, but most will be within the $100,000 range, company officials note.

To promote the program, Zenith is offering a $10,000 discount on advanced avionics packages.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comTwo Week Wonder program debuts

General Electric : GE Capital Aviation Services Announces Delivery of 500th Boeing Airplane

SEATTLE, Nov. 21, 2015– GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced the delivery of the 500thBoeing airplane to the lessor. The Next-Generation 737-800 will be leased to Kenya Airways and is the 401st737 delivered to GECAS.
Source: bingGeneral Electric : GE Capital Aviation Services Announces Delivery of 500th Boeing Airplane

Ascension Air launches Eclipse 550 timeshare program

The Eclipse 550

Ascension Air has launched Contrails, a personally-flown jet timeshare program featuring the six-passenger Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet from ONE Aviation Corp.

With the ability to fly at altitudes up to 41,000 feet at a max cruise of 430 mph, while only consuming 59 gallons of fuel per hour, the Eclipse 550 is an efficient twin-engine jet, with a maximum range of 1,125 miles, according to officials with Ascension Air.

The Eclipse 550

The Eclipse 550

The company will offer the Eclipse 550 through timeshare, lease, and jetcard programs.

“Building on the great success of our Cirrus timeshare programs based in Atlanta and Ft. Lauderdale, our new Eclipse 550 Contrails program will bring personal jet transportation to a growing segment of aviators who want the flexibility and benefits of flying their own jet, without the worries of full jet ownership,” said Ascension Air President and CEO Jamail Larkins. “Our professional owner services team offers easy fleet access, on-site concierge services, professional aircraft management, a safety pilot, and streamlined scheduling.”

Ascension’s new Contrails program may include type rating training in a flight simulator at SIMCOM in Orlando, Fla., or it can also be accomplsihed in the airplane and may double as Multi-Engine Rating training.

Program pricing includes timeshare, lease and jetcard possibilities. A 1/6 timeshare is $525,467, with a $2,995a month management fee, and $620 an hour direct operating cost for 50 days per year. A 50-day per year lease costs $7,745 a month, with $104,000 down and $620 an hour. The Contrails JetCard is $40,000 for 25 hours.


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comAscension Air launches Eclipse 550 timeshare program

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