Keep up with the latest happenings in aviation!
Jonathan Trappe, who has flown his custom cluster-balloon systems across the English Channel and the Alps, is now in Caribou, Maine, assembling a huge system that he plans to fly across the Atlantic, launching sometime Thursday. Col. Joe Kittinger, the last balloonist to cross from the U.S. to Europe, in 1984, is on site to provide support, and Don Day, the same meteorologist who advised the Red Bull Stratos launch, also is working with Trappe.
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) presented its 2013 Major Metro General Achievement to the North Texas Aviation Education Initiative.
American Eurocopter, the largest producer of civil and commercial helicopters in the U.S., has joined forces with a group of Dallas/Fort Worth television stations to support a public interest campaign aimed at creating interest among youth in rewarding career opportunities in fields requiring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
About 40 Irving ISD high school students are participating in the week-long Aviation Career Education Academy this week. Aviation is one of the Signature Studies career pathways offered through Irving ISD’s Career and Technical Education program.
A solar-powered plane is flying from Arizona to Texas on the second leg of a trip across the United States. The Solar Impulse is making the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across the U.S.
Maryland, who is a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys and two-time National Champion with the University of Miami, is committed to impressing upon youth the value of education. He teamed up with aviation staff at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to visit area schools and bring flight simulators to excite and educate students about careers in aviation.
Though an aviation learning center proposed for Fort Worth Alliance Airport is on hold – at least for now – officials continue promoting the concept as future demand for industry employees is expected to surge.
About 500 pilots face mandatory age-65 retirement by the end of 2017, 650 pilots are currently on furlough awaiting recall, and a number of pilots can be expected to retire or resign during that period.