Keep up with the latest happenings in aviation!
Google has acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace, the Wall Street Journal reports. Titan is a New Mexico-based company that makes high-flying solar powered drones. There's no word on the price Google paid, but Facebook had been in talks to acquire the company earlier this year for a reported $60 million. Presumably, Google paid more than that to keep it away from Facebook.
What will personal transportation look like in the future? Maybe like this, if aerospace company Terrafugia succeeds in its efforts to build TF-X.
Boston -based Terrafugia announced last May it had started working on the concept of TF-X, a four-seat, plug-in hybrid electric car that can do vertical take-offs and landings.
The SAE Aero Design Team from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University won first place overall in the Regular Class of the international SAE Aero Design West Competition in Fort Worth, TX over the weekend of March 28 – 30, 2014.
This is just the sixth year that the SAE Aero Design team from Texas A&M has competed, and the competition was the most exciting and dramatic in the team’s history.
According to GAMA, the GA industry contributes more than $150 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports 1.2 million jobs. A 2011 Texas Department of Transportation report found that in the state, GA contributes more than $14 billion in economic output and employs more than 56,000 people.
Goodyear has been flying its famous blimp at sporting events and other public exhibitions to televise games, drum up publicity for the company, and raise money for local charities since 1925, and it’s gone through a number of design changes, but the version unveiled last week is the most radical re-engineering of the airship yet.
Set to open this month in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, Texas, is the nation’s newest helicopter facility, DeSoto Heliport, located in the Eagle Business & Industrial Park. The $5 million, 19-acre facility is jointly owned by the Texas Department of Transportation, the City of DeSoto and the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation.
As I wrote in my previous column, the FAA is set to hire 10,000 controllers over the next decade, with more than 6,000 in the next five years.
If you missed the FAA’s first virtual career fair last week, you are still in time for the next and final one set for February 12. According to the FAA’s website, it anticipates accepting applications for a two-week period from February 10-February 24, 2014.
U.S. Pilot Shortfall Hits Earlier, Worse Than Expected. The anticipated shortfall of U.S. airline pilots is coming to fruition earlier and more dramatically than expected because of a mix of mass retirements, the FAA's new rest rules and sharply higher training requirements for beginner pilots. Jack Nicas reports on the News Hub. Photo: AP.
Twenty-two-year-old San Franciscan Luca Iaconi-Stewart has done what any self-respecting airplane fanatic would do. He's got his own. Unlike, say, John Travolta, however, who owns and flies five planes including a Boeing 707-138, Iaconi-Stewart's craft is more befitting his age and status. It's four feet long. And made of cardboard.
And he built it himself.