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When it comes to innovative aircraft designs, our friend Burt Rutan is the guy to watch, and last week his latest creation, called the SkiGull, made its first flight in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Here’s some of what Burt had to say about the first flight on his Facebook page: “Yesterday our test team preflight briefed the first flight, took off from runway 06 at KCOE, flew for 1.8 hours and landed back on 06. The aggressive test card included all the basic stability and control flight tests with the cruise configuration and with flap down and skis extended. All maneuvers on the card were performed on this first flight. Speeds for first flight were limited to less than 80 knots and altitude to less than 8,000 feet.” The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, which is a living and flying museum dedicated to Worl
Flag Carrier Of The Bahamas Becomes Newest ATR Operator
Bahamasair, the national flag carrier of the Bahamas, took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 today. The airline and ATR inked a deal for two ATR 72-600s and three ATR 42-600s at the last Paris Air Show. With the arrival of this new aircraft, Bahamasair becomes a new operator of ATR.
Spirit AeroSystems Inc. has begun production of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) first production P-8A aircraft. Spirit started production on the 737 military derivative in October. With major assembly now underway, the first unit is scheduled to deliver to Boeing in early 2016.
Aircraft Specially Equipped For Operations In Extreme Polar Conditions
The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (part of Russian Helicopters, which is part of State Corporation Rostec), recently hosted a ceremony marking the acceptance of the Mi-8AMTSh-VA by the Russian Defense Ministry’s Arctic groupings.
The Airbus Foundation has donated a mobile rescue station to the German Red Cross for the medical treatment of refugees housed in Feldkirchen, near Straubing in the south of Bavaria. The rescue station is run by the German Red Cross (GRC) and can offer medical services for a community of up to 5,000 people. It employs two doctors, six nurses and two paramedics.
The Helicopter Flight Training Center, Shreveport, LA has recently received FAA Level 7 approval for their Frasca built Bell 407 Flight Training Device (FTD). The FTD includes an advanced visual system capable of providing VFR, IFR and highly realistic NVG training using actual night vision goggles. The cockpit design was developed with input from the anticipated target group and features an exact replica of the aircraft cockpit.
High-Fidelity Fuselage Trainer Represents Both Aircraft
CAE has received an order from ADS, Inc. on behalf of the U.S. Air Force through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) program to provide the U.S. Air Force at Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB) with another Aeromedical Evacuation Training System.
LAPD Air Support Unit Selects FlightSafety International To Provide Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 Training
FlightSafety announces that it has been selected by the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Unit to provide training for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3. The training will include use of the first Level D qualified simulator for the AS350 B3 and take place at FlightSafety’s new Learning Center in Denver, Colorado once it opens in 2017.