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18K Scholarships

The Arkansas Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), in November, presented Aviation Hall of Fame awards to three Arkansans for their dedication given to aviation. They were Zane Anderson, Harold Johnson, and General William Smith.
On the other hand, AAHS presented $18,000 in aviation scholarship to six students. The three thousand dollars per student scholarship is a sought after scholarship in Arkansas. There are two colleges in Arkansas that have aviation degrees. They are Ozarka and Henderson. It is the AAHS plan for 2018 to offer even more of the same size scholarships. Requirements for both the Hall of Fame and scholarship are on the website at www.arkavhs.com
For thirty-four years, AAHS has presented awards to outstanding Arkansans who excelled in Aviation. Now along with that goal, AAHS gives assistance through scholarships to the young aviators who aspire to have a life in aviation.

Pictured on this post is Clay Mosley and Simeon Sapp from Ozarka College.  Both received $3K scholarships from AAHS.

Ozarka Air

Clay Mosley

Ozarka College, located in Melbourne, Arkansas, offers an Associate of Science degree in Aviation – Professional Pilot. This program puts students on the fast track to becoming commercial pilots as they complete all the required skills to earn a Private Pilot certificate with airplane single–engine land (ASEL) rating from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). John Catlett, Aviation Director and Flight Instructor, stated, “We also have plans to start a Commercial Multi-Engine training program in the near future.”

Ozarka began offering aviation courses under a provisional certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during the 2015 fall semester. After meeting strenuous requirements, the FAA certified Ozarka’s aviation program as a full-time part 141 flight school, effective July 19, 2017. Currently, there is only one other college with a part 141 certified flight school in the state of Arkansas, so this is a big achievement for the College, the aviation program, and the community moving forward.

To date, twelve Ozarka students have completed solo flights, four have earned a Private Pilot Certificate, and three have graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Aviation – Professional Pilot. Ozarka also offers aviation courses through continuing education, which allows students to complete courses at their own pace versus on a scheduled degree plan. Ozarka will also provide an instrument training class via continuing education, beginning in the spring semester of 2018. There are currently six students enrolled in continuing education aviation classes and eighteen students enrolled in the aviation degree program.

For students who desire continuing their education at another accredited institution, Ozarka has partnerships with Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, where students can complete the additional advanced training necessary to launch their aviation careers and earn a Bachelor of Science in Aviation.

In addition to admission requirements, Ozarka College aviation student must meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements. Students must be at least 16 years of age; read, speak, write, and understand the English language; and provide documentation of U.S. citizenship or nationality. Citizens or nationals of countries other than the United States are required to receive authorization from the TSA prior to commencing flight training.

For more information about one of the most affordable collegiate aviation programs in the nation, please call John Catlett, Ozarka College director of aviation, at 870.368.7926 or email: john.catlett@ozarka.edu.

Quest Aircraft

November 10, Sandpoint, Idaho – Quest Aircraft Company is pleased to announce a new joint venture agreement between Quest parent company Setouchi Holdings, Inc and the Maldives-based company Island Aviation Services Ltd. The agreement establishes a new seaplane operation, Sky Atoll Private Ltd, and an initial order of four Kodiak 100s has been placed to kickstart the new program.

Made up of roughly 1,200 coral islands, the Republic of Maldives is world renowned for its “one island, one resort” ultra-luxury resorts, and each year continues to draw a growing number of tourists from around the world. Seaplanes are the primary means by which tourists travel to each resort from the international airport through which they enter the country, and the scale of seaplane operations is among the largest in the world.

The Kodiaks being delivered to Sky Atoll Private will be utilizing the Aerocet 6750 straight floats, which were certified on the aircraft earlier in 2017. The Kodiak 100 is available with either straight or amphibious Aerocet composite floats. Thanks to its original design parameters, the Kodiak does not require any structural changes or aerodynamic fixes for float operations, which in turn makes it a highly stable seaplane. It’s also the fastest seaplane once airborne, cruising at 162 ktas.

“We are pleased that after a rigorous operational evaluation in the Maldives the Kodiak proved that its robust construction and short field performance made it the ideal aircraft Island Air Service’s single-engine float operations,” said Rob Wells, CEO of Quest Aircraft Company.

Island Aviation Services Ltd is a state-run airline established by the government of the Maldives in 2000. It operates both domestic and international flights under the Maldivian brand name, and also operates seaplanes.

About the Kodiak
The Kodiak’s rugged aluminum construction combines superior STOL performance and high useful load. It offers proven turbine reliability with the Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engine, has the ability to land and take off from unimproved surfaces and is capable of working off floats without structural upgrades. The Kodiak can take off in under 1,000 feet at full gross takeoff weight of 7,255 lbs and climb at over 1,300 feet per minute. Three interior packages are available along with a wide range of factory-installed options.

About Quest Aircraft Company
The Quest Aircraft Company is dedicated to providing access to more people and more places by building the most rugged, reliable, turbine STOL aircraft in the business. For the past decade, the 10-seat Kodiak 100 has proven its versatility in a wide range of public, private, business and humanitarian applications. Additionally, Quest’s continuously growing dealer and global support network provides customer assurance that their missions will be accomplished. The Kodiak is proudly built in Sandpoint Idaho, with a fleet of over 200 aircraft certified in over 50 countries around the globe. For additional information on Quest and the Kodiak, please visit questaircraft.com.

CAF Awards 5

Five scholarships have been awarded by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow to university students from Texas who are pursuing careers in aviation-related fields. The CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow Scholarship Program provides assistance to students who have completed two years of study in aviation or a related field and who demonstrate academic potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement.
“Each of this year’s recipients are all high achievers who share the passion and commitment to aviation, as do all of us who are associated with or perform in the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow,” said Airshow Director Bill Roach. “When you purchase a ticket to this year’s show on October 21 and 22, you will not only see an amazing show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other great performers, but you also will be helping to fund our college scholarship program, programs for high school students, restoration of historical aircraft and many other local non-profit organizations.”
This year’s scholarship recipients, all from Texas, are: Rodger Walter Garcia Advincula, Jr., of Katy, Gaetan Pinjou Newou of Houston, Walker Goodman of Crandall, Glen Colby of Belton, Ryan Stuart Carr of Austin,
One of Houston’s largest non-profit civic events, the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow proceeds are used to sponsor the Wings Over Houston Scholarship Program for college students studying for careers in aviation, Aviation Career Education (ACE) Summer Academy for high school juniors and seniors interested in aviation, Commemorative Air Force aircraft restoration and flying historical programs, Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Rotary Club, and many other area non-profit groups.

Christensen Eagle

Frank Christensen Honored at AirVenture on 40th Anniversary of the Eagle Aerobatic Biplane

Oshkosh, WI – The International Aerobatic Club (IAC) rolled out the Red Carpet at EAA’s AirVenture 2017 for Frank Christensen, aircraft designer, kit manufacturer, and aerobatic pilot. The occasion was the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Christen Eagle, an aerobatic aircraft that Frank designed and manufactured as a competitor to the Pitts Special. The Eagle II, a two seat version are still very active in aerobatic competitions around the world. Hundreds of Eagles have been built and flown in the past four decades. Only a few single seat versions have been built.
Having been a successful aerobatic pilot and former US Aerobatic Team Manager, Frank knew what he wanted in a competitive airplane. He incorporated a number of significant innovations in the Eagle. This included his inverted oil system that is now found universally in aerobatic aircraft.
The Eagle has had a profound impact on the world of aerobatics. It also became one of the most revered aircraft in the world of airshows when Frank talked Charlie Hillard, Tom Poberezny and Gene Soucy into retiring the Pitts Specials they were flying as the Red Devils Aerobatic Team and replacing them in 1979 with Christen Eagles. The group then became known as the Eagles Aerobatic Team and for a quarter century they were the primo aerobatic act in the airshow circuit, revered for their boldness, precision, and thrilling routine. The Team and the aircraft had a dramatic impact on the lives of a lot of pilots.
Frank’s greatest contribution to sport aviation, however, may have been in the standard he set for homebuilt aircraft kits. He revolutionized the homebuilding industry with the thoroughness of his kits, the amazing series of detailed, illustrated builders’ manuals he created to go with the kits and the support he provided the people who built them. Many kit-makers have emulated what Frank introduced at the EAA Aviation Convention in 1977, but none have exceeded the gold standard he set.
What seemed to impress Frank the most during the day he spent at AirVenture this year, and in the evening ceremonies where he was recognized for his accomplishments, were the pilots who came up to him all day long and told him “You changed my life.” Whether inspired by the Eagle Aerobatic Team, by building an Eagle, or by flying in competition with an Eagle, there are a lot of people who expressed profound appreciation, respect and esteem after shaking his hand.
It was announced at AirVenture, while presenting the Curtiss Pitts Trophy for Outstanding Aircraft Design, that Frank Christensen will be inducted into the Aerobatics Hall of Fame this fall.

PHOTO CAPTION:         Frank Christensen (left), shared a moment with IAC President Mike Heuer at AirVenture this summer.

America Discovers Sling

AirVenture 2017 – America Discovers Sling Aircraft!
by Jean d’Assonville

Oshkosh is all about airplanes, right? Well this is my third Oshkosh and what rang true for me is that Air Venture is actually all about people who love airplanes! It is the people who dream them, build them, fly them, polish them, sleep in or under them and really just simply love them. Yes, it’s the people!

This year our stand was filled with people. We our team of ten to man the stand, (next year we need some ladies too), was kept very busy sharing Sling facts with the continuous flow of airplane lovers. It’s always enjoyable sharing the Sling story because it is a pilot’s airplane that has been refined by pilots for pilots. This year we also offered demo flights to seriously interested people, which is really nice to do, because the Sling’s best quality is how amazingly she flies.

The master craftsmen from Midwest SkySports’ build center had two of their beautiful Sling 2s on display as well as their professionally-finished panels and a Sling 2 Quick build. There was the legendary Sling 4-4-40 that was built from a kit in 4 days by 40 people plus another three Sling LSAs. Down at the ultralight arena, AeroSport had their immaculate orange and white Sling LSA and received an offer to buy it then-and-there by a husband and wife team!

With all these beauties to show off, a lot of interested people spent a good amount of time acquainting themselves with the Slings and the Team. So we made a lot of new friends.

As a demo pilot during the Air Venture, it’s really exciting (but quite stressful) flying in the extreme traffic with only 500 ft. vertical separation while only listening on the radio. It was worth it though. Almost everyone that went for a demo flight has purchased or is in the process of purchasing a Sling aircraft or a kit.

So after a long and exciting week eventually the last demo is flown and it is time to pack up and say good bye to everyone: all those people, planes and new friends – all going their separate ways with new dreams.

And so what is in store for the TAF stand next year? Well, there are a lot of possible surprises coming off the drawing board in Africa. So come join all the people at the Greatest Aviation Celebration July 23 – 29, 2018 and see!

RAF Auction

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One Aviation

ONE Aviation Receives FAA Approval Pertaining to Eclipse 500/550
Extended Tip Tank Configuration

Oshkosh, WI – Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – ONE Aviation announced today, at EAA AirVenture 2017, FAA approval of an unrestricted increase in the structural life limit of the Eclipse 550 and the Eclipse 500 in the extended tip tank configuration to 20,000 flight hours or 20,000 cycles, whichever occurs first. Previously the life limit had been 10,000 cycles, 10,000 hours, or 10 years, without enrollment in a life extension maintenance and inspection program. Completion of long term fatigue and damage tolerance testing of the aircraft structure and materials resulted in this change.

When maintained in accordance with the Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM), the completion of the full-scale aircraft level testing, and the large scale material coupon testing, demonstrated the aircraft structure has fatigue and damage tolerance life, in excess of 20,000 cycles.

The increase in the life limit is automatic to existing and future Eclipse Jet owners, with no additional action necessary beyond continuing to perform the AMM required structural inspections.

“The FAA approved changes to the aircraft life limits greatly simplifies the ability of Eclipse Jet owners and operators to benefit from the extensive investment made by ONE Aviation in structural life testing,” said Brent Christner, Senior Director of Engineering at Eclipse Aerospace.

Currently these life limit changes are applicable to United States “N” registered aircraft. Eclipse is working to get the new life limits accepted by other civil aviation authorities.

Contact: Debbie Backlund
Email: Debra.backlund@oneaviation.aero
Website: www.oneaviation.aero

About ONE Aviation
ONE Aviation is a global manufacturing corporation, which markets, produces, and delivers the Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet, as it develops the Eclipse “Project Canada” and the Kestrel K350 single-engine turboprop. In addition, ONE Aviation will design, acquire, and build additional aircraft complementary to its core product line. ONE Aviation also provides engineering, maintenance, service, and support for the Eclipse 500 and Eclipse 550 fleet.
For more information, please visit www.ONEaviation.aero.

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Nall Safety Report

AOPA ASI RELEASES 26th NALL REPORT

FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) released the 26th edition of the Joseph T. Nall Report, a review of general aviation accidents for 2014, the most recent year for which reasonably complete data are available.

The results indicate that the significant improvements and historically low accident rates registered in 2013 “proved not to be a one-time statistical anomaly,” wrote AOPA Air Safety Institute Executive Director Richard McSpadden in his Publisher’s View in the Nall Report. “Across the general aviation community, we can take pride that our collaborative efforts appear to be having a positive, sustained impact.”

Accident causes tend not to vary significantly from year to year, a trend the new report confirmed, noting that pilot-related mishaps continue to account for about 75 percent of all accidents—20 percent of which were fatal.

“The overwhelming majority of these accidents are avoidable, so if we can convince more pilots to access safety information, we can drive the accident rate even lower, and save lives,” he said. “That is why numerous industry leaders and type club presidents are joining the Air Safety Institute in a push to reach more private pilots with safety information in a program we call ‘Find one, bring one,’ which encourages pilots to find a pilot not accessing safety information and bring them to safety.”

When addressing type club leaders in July at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, McSpadden’s call to “join together for a call to action” received strong support as he outlined a three-part safety-building strategy consisting of having pilots bring the so-far “unreachable” members of the aviation community into the safety-awareness fold under the “Find one, bring one” plan; get more pilots to join type clubs; and encourage all pilots to focus their training and study on the specific flight realms that continue to cause the most trouble: landings; takeoff and climbs; low-altitude maneuvering; and fuel management.

The Air Safety Institute also released the 2015-2016 GA Accident Scorecard, a brief statistical summary that supplements the Nall Report’s detailed examination of 2014 data. It notes that after arresting a seven-year decline in 2014, noncommercial fixed-wing flight time increased more than five percent in 2015, while the rate of accidents remained at the low level achieved the previous year. The number of fatal accidents declined by two.

In 2016, there was a three-percent increase in accidents, but fatal accidents declined from 20 percent of the total to 16 percent. For the fourth straight year, 2016 had fewer than 1,000 noncommercial fixed-wing accidents, of which fewer than 200 were fatal, “levels not previously seen in the post-World War II era. There were 156 in 2016, 6 percent below the previous record low of 167 recorded three years earlier,” it said.

Read AOPA’s story.

ABOUT THE AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE

Since 1950, ASI has served all pilots and aviation enthusiasts—not just AOPA members—by providing free safety education, research, and data analysis. ASI offers award-winning online courses, nearly 200 live seminars annually throughout the U.S., flight instructor refresher courses, safety videos, accident case studies, and other materials to keep pilots safe and well informed. To learn more, visit ASI at www.airsafetyinstitute.org.