Lowie Christie of Nebraska was sentenced Wednesday to a custody term of 15 months, with seven months credit for time already served and the rest to be spent on home confinement. Christie, who entered a guilty plea last year, obtained narcotic prescriptions from hundreds of hospitals and caused the submission of around 1,830 prescription drug claims to Medicare from January 2007 to July 2013, according to authorities. Christie was also ordered to pay restitution of over $107,000.
The University of Nebraska Foundation's Beechcraft King Air B200 has been put up for sale. It had been leasing it to the state, but the lease ran out June 30, and the state decided not to sign a new lease, nor to purchase the airplane. "They debated it and ultimately have not made a decision," said NU Foundation spokeswoman Dorothy Endacott. "We did not want to wait indefinitely, and so we've listed it with a broker." The legislature is conducting a study to determine the best way to transport the governor and other state officials.
Two U.S. senators joined a general aviation rally last week at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Neb. The rally, organized by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, emphasized the importance of GA to the economy. "I support general aviation and the critical services and jobs it provides to our communities, large and small," said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., also attended the rally.
Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier predicts business aviation will turn around. "Business aviation is pretty resilient and in the long term it is a very healthy industry to be in," said Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. Bombardier is looking past North America to emerging markets -- such as China -- for business jets.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President and CEO Craig Fuller participated in the airlift of athletes to the Special Olympic Games. Fuller and Mark Evans flew a Cessna Citation twin-jet from Maryland to Nebraska, and it was the first time the athletes had traveled in a private plane. "They just seemed so excited to be here and be in this competition," Fuller said.