Fairbanks Aviation Day celebrates the contribution of aviation to Alaska over the past 100 years. "July 3, 1913, was the first powered flight in Alaska, and it happened right here in Fairbanks," said Tom George, regional manager with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Beechcraft is moving full steam ahead with its product line of Bonanzas, Barons and King Airs, and showed off its revamped manufacturing operation in Wichita, Kan., on May 15 to AOPA President Craig Fuller and AOPA Vice President of Advertising Carol Dodds.
The Nebraska governor's plan to purchase a Beechcraft Super King Air is under further review by state lawmakers, who want to launch a new study on the issue. The governor is leasing the aircraft from the University of Nebraska Foundation.
Air Force Reserve Capt. Holly Nelson said she enjoys her job as a C-17 pilot. "It's the best job in the world," Nelson said. "I love it. It's the most rewarding thing that I think anyone could be doing." Nelson recently received the USO Military Leadership Award, given to one young woman in each branch of the military.
Piper Aircraft received Type Certificate approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. Piper plans to install the G1000 on its Piper Seneca V aircraft models. "The G1000's design brings new levels of situational awareness, simplicity and safety to the cockpit," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott.