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General Aviation: Supporting Charity and Business

Publication: THE SALINAS CALIFORNIAN
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
Publication Author: BOB TUCKNOTT

As the CEO of Tucknott Electric Company, I have been working in electrical construction for about 50 years. But in the past 10 to 12 years, I have also been working as a certified forensic litigation expert. This work takes me all over the state and region. Sometimes, it makes sense to fly with the commercial airlines. But sometimes, it makes more sense for me to fly my own plane.

I have been a pilot for more than 40 years. I have used my plane to get to industry meetings and seminars. Insurance companies will call me to visit


Arnold Palmer Flew, Set Records in Learjets Before Turning to Cessna

Publication: AVIATION PROS
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
Publication Author: JERRY SIEBENMARK

Arnold Palmer may have elevated golf into the mainstream, but he was just as important to Wichita’s aircraft manufacturers and the business and general aviation industries.

Palmer, who died Sunday at 87, was the first customer to take delivery of Cessna’s Citation X in 1996 — and an upgraded version of the super midsize jet in 2002 — and on occasion he could be found at Cessna’s booth at the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention as well as at the company’s customer conferences.

In all, Palmer owned seven Citation business jets in his lifetime: a Citation


General Aviation: Supporting Charity and Business

Publication: VISALIA TIMES-DELTA
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
Publication Author: BOB TUCKNOTT

As the CEO of Tucknott Electric Company, I have been working in electrical construction for about 50 years. But in the past 10 to 12 years, I have also been working as a certified forensic litigation expert. This work takes me all over the state and region. Sometimes, it makes sense to fly with the commercial airlines. But sometimes, it makes more sense for me to fly my own plane.

I have been a pilot for more than 40 years. I have used my plane to get to industry meetings and seminars. Insurance companies will call me to visit


Kansas Aviation, Airports to be Highlighted during 2016 Fly Kansas Air Tour

Publication: SALINA JOURNAL
Publication Date: 2016-09-27

Several dozen aircraft are expected to participate in a three-day, nine-city tour that will come through Rooks County on Thursday and Colby and Salina on Friday.

The 2016 Fly Kansas Air Tour lifts off from Wellington on Sept. 29 for the third consecutive year of the event, which is designed to promote Kansas aviation. Anyone is invited to visit their local airport during tour stops to view the airplanes up close, talk to the pilots and learn about Kansas aviation, according to a news release from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Participating airplanes are expected to arrive


Business Aviation Executive says New Jets could Grow Market

Publication: THE WICHITA EAGLE
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
Publication Author: JERRY SIEBENMARK

The head of a trade group representing Textron Aviation, Bombardier Learjet and other business aircraft companies said legislative obstacles remain for the industry that is seeing stable but not robust business.

Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association, was in Wichita on Tuesday for the opening day of Bombardier Business Aircraft’s annual Safety Standdown at the Wichita Hyatt Regency.

In an interview with The Eagle, Bolen said a legislative victory was achieved this year with the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, and specifically a measure to reform third-class medical certificates for general


FAA Touts Data Comm Installations at 45 US Airport ATC Towers

Publication: AIR TRANSPORT WORLD
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
Publication Author: AARON KARP

Enabling controllers at airport air traffic control (ATC) towers to transmit flight clearance information to pilots via text message will reduce flight delays and potentially expand capacity at crowded airports, according to FAA.

The agency is touting the installation of Data Comm at 45 US airport ATC towers as a key component of its NextGen ATC modernization effort. The agency demonstrated the technology for media Sept. 27 at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), where Data Comm has been operational for three weeks.

United Airlines and United Parcel Service (UPS) Airlines participated in the demonstration.

Data Comm


Local Pilot School Aims to Combat Pending Pilot Shortage

Publication: ABC NEWS 23
Publication Date: 2016-09-23
Publication Author: CHLOE NORDQUIST

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – For people like Keaton Hutchins, operating an airplane has always been his dream.

“I’ve always loved flying since I was a little kid,” Hutchins said.

However, the airline industry is struggling to find people like Hutchins, and according to a study by the aviation department at University of North Dakota , there could be a pilot shortage in the next few years.

The study shows a possible deficit of 14,439 pilots in the next decade, according to the pilot supply forecast.

“The challenge in aviation is educating people that one, It’s safe.


Delaware History Takes Flight

Publication: THE DOVER POST
Publication Date: 2016-09-25

For the past 16 years, the founders of the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame have worked to celebrate Delaware’s place in the history of aviation. 

“We’re much more than Dover Air Force Base, or Boeing,” said Brian Woodcock, a Hockessin resident and DAHF trustee and inductee. “Aviation in Delaware dates back to the beginning. It’s important in early history and in modern history.” 

“Delaware has a very rich history in aviation,” said DAHF board president Bruce Lambrecht. “Henry du Pont’s pilot’s license was signed by Wilbur Wright.”

During World War II, New Castle County was home


Editorial: FAA Steps Up Drone Oversight

Publication: OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
Publication Date: 2016-09-25

Drone use by companies and individuals is accelerating so quickly that the Federal Aviation Administration and Congress are struggling to keep up. But it’s vital that they try. The FAA, which started registering unmanned aircraft nine months ago, has already registered 550,000. It’s adding 2,000 new registrations a day. Increased use by both businesses and hobbyists obligates the FAA and Congress to adapt quickly to new realities in the sky and nimbly adjust new regulations. It’s better for public safety and all involved — from agribusiness users flying over corn and soybean fields to hobbyists racing drones at a


General Aviation Charts Our Development

Publication: BOSTON CITY PAPER
Publication Date: 2016-09-24
Publication Author: MARK THAISZ

Most people in Massachusetts might not think much about the planes or helicopters that often fly by above their heads.  If you have flown out of Logan or Springfield, you know the importance of commercial aviation, but for me, when I see a small aircraft, I think of a farm and potential crop management, power lines getting fixed after a storm, a small business getting off to a small or far-off market, a young pilot learning to fly.

I started flying when I was 15 – in fact, I got my pilot’s license before my driver’s license. My passion for


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