Crews at Steamboat Springs Airport in Colorado have been compacting excess snow and using it as part of an arresting system to slow airplanes that overshoot the landing strip. Airport manager Mel Baker said that it's "pretty common" for aircraft to overshoot the runway in Steamboat because of weather and other challenges of high-altitude flight.
In an effort to highlight the vital role of aviation in Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer declared Jan. 15 to be Aviation Day. The move received a positive reaction from the aviation industry. "We thank Governor Brewer for her recognition of the value of general aviation and hope this proclamation will raise awareness about the critical importance of general aviation and local airports to the local and national economy," said AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller.
The Astronics Max-Viz infrared enhanced vision system features a 1.8-pound wing-mounted infrared camera and Garmin G1000 multifunction display. It is now available for Cessna 172, 182 and 206 piston singles aircraft and costs just over $30,000.
Jerry Trimble and his wife Allison Row have recently expanded their helicopter business to Smithville Crawford Municipal Airport in Texas. The couple started their first business in Oregon before expanding to California, and now Texas. They offer flight training and scenic rides.
Embraer reported 99 business jet deliveries in 2012, matching its deliveries the year before. Aerospace analysts at JP Morgan said they "expect little change to management's cautious [executive jet] demand outlook, with the caveat that entry into service of the Legacy 500/450 will drive growth starting in 2014." The Brazilian company plans to release its 2013 guidance on Feb. 5.