Freeflight Aviation Open House June 13
Freeflight Aviation Open House
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Flying W Airport, Medford, NJ
- Discovery Flights
- Watch Planes Take Flight
- Open House
Port City Air
Announces New Strategic Hire To Head Up Cargo Operation Acquisitions
Portsmouth, NH, April 23, 2015 - Port City Air, a leading Fixed Based Operator (FBO) at Pease International Airport in Portsmouth NH, handling commercial, charter, tech stops and military operations, announced the hiring of Austin Pietschman to lead Cargo Operation Acquisitions with our sister company, Seacoast Cargo.
In this pivotal role, Austin will be bringing his significant cargo industry experience in both sales and operations to commercial and ad-hoc air freight carriers to better leverage Pease International Airport's strategic location and facilities, including a 11,000+ foot runway, 24/7 tower and customs operation. Pease International Airport is perfectly suited to help freight carriers reduce costs and improve efficiencies compared to operations at Boston Logan (KBOS), Bangor (KBGR) and Manchester, NH (KMHT).
Prior to arriving at Port City Air, Austin was a Director at Quantem Aviation Services at Boston Logan International Airport (KBOS) where he oversaw the daily cargo acceptance process to ensure compliance with TSA, FAA, IATA and Air Carrier standards as well as liaison for Quantem’s entire customer base.
About Port City Air: Port City Air was founded in 1995 as Port City Aircraft Repair to fulfill the need for a quality general aviation maintenance facility at Portsmouth International Airport. Home was an old military nose dock hangar where full-service maintenance and avionics services were provided for GA aircraft. However, the dream was to one day become a first-class full-service FBO and to provide Portsmouth International Airport with high quality support aviation customers deserve and expect.
In June of 2003, our dreams were finally realized. Renamed Port City Air, we opened the doors of a brand new office and hangar facility and began business as a full-service FBO and 145 Repair Station. Our goal was simple: differentiate ourselves through superior service, uncompromised safety practices, and fair pricing. Because of this, Port City Air has become the premier stop for troops arriving or departing overseas, international tech stops for corporate and commercial flights and a friendly stop for the weekend flier.
In the autumn of 2003, we acquired New Hampshire Helicopters and added yet another dimension to our growing company. Today we offer fixed-wing and rotor maintenance, as well as avionics installation and repair, in conjunction with our FBO services. Additionally, we are an authorized maintenance and avionics dealer for multiple well-known companies.
Other endeavors soon followed, including the partnering of Port City Air and Seacoast Aviation Cargo, a well-known entity at KPSM, in an effort to provide premium service to the cargo community. Through this partnership, cargo support equipment has been acquired and upgraded offering increased capabilities and attracting cargo carriers who use KPSM for support services, a satellite maintenance facility, or long or short term parking needs.
We have come a long way from a group of guys offering quality GA maintenance in an old military hangar. However, throughout our growth our mission has always remained the same: Differentiate ourselves through service. So regardless of how our customers arrive, albeit in a GA aircraft, helicopter, corporate jet, cargo, or commercial carrier, stellar service is job one. Our primary goal is to exceed expectations.
For those unfamiliar with Portsmouth International Airport (KPSM) please visit and enjoy all that beautiful New Hampshire has to offer beginning with the friendly and helpful staff at Port City Air. We are always interested in making new friends and reconnecting with old!
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- Air Charter, Aircraft Management, Part 145 Certified Repair Station, Travel Services
North American Air Charter
dedicated to providing safe and efficient first-class executive aircraft
management and travel services.
Since it's inception in 1990, North American has offered the air traveler superior service with their jet fleet. For maximum customer satisfaction, our in-flight services are continuously adjusted to meet each client's individual needs. With over 20 years of experience operating and managing all kinds of aircraft internationally and worldwide we have a deep understanding of how to deliver the best product to our clients.
Air Hamptons is North American’s sister company that provides on demand aircraft charter services utilizing turboprop and multiengine piston aircraft
North American’s principal business is providing management and charter management services to aircraft owners wishing to conduct worldwide operations with all types of aircraft.
With a fully qualified team of experts on staff, we feel we are uniquely qualified to offer the very best in aircraft management. North American’s business and operating philosophies are unique. We feel it is important to clearly identify for our potential clients exactly how North American differentiates itself in the marketplace. Our “Benefits” section outlines these differences and our business philosophy in more detail.
North American provides expertise for sound aircraft ownership decisions, contract negotiation with suppliers or manufacturers, bids for equipment, maintenance or any other aspect of aircraft management, which we proactively handle on a daily basis. We make recommendations to our clients based on collecting and presenting all the information necessary for our clients to make informed business decisions about their aircraft. Asset management is an integral part of our business.
Conveniently located in the New York metropolitan area, we are able to provide competitively priced aircraft hangar rates and also offer office space.
All local New York Metro airports are a very short distance away, and aircraft maintenance is also available at our facility. A full spectrum of services is available, including cleaning and detailing. North American’s principal business is providing management and charter management services to aircraft owners conducting worldwide operations. With a fully qualified team of experts on staff, we feel we are uniquely qualified to offer the very best in aircraft management and logistical support. We have operated long-range aircraft on each of the world’s continents with a high level of safety and precision, and we continue to safely fly to hundreds of international cities each year. Logistical support involves a myriad of operating permits and authorizations, scheduling and maintenance planning and execution. Our long standing record of success speaks for itself.
North American Air Charter is co-located with a Part 145 Certified Repair Station, Airborne Maintenance LLC.
As a result, we have the ability to perform maintenance on numerous types of aircraft on a commercial or private basis in our hangar, or at outlying airports with Airborne’s mobile repair shop. The organizational structure, checks and balances, and inspection criteria set forth by the FAA for this authorization benefits our clients with maintenance performed to the highest FAA standards, and under FAA supervision.
VertiPod® IV: First manned liftoff of human-capable "drone"
Anderson, Indiana, April 7, 2015: In a clear area of a defense contractor’s factory in the Indianapolis suburb of Anderson, the noise grew, the dust blew, and the first purpose-built man-carrying quadcopter lifted off from its platform of shipping pallets, volunteer Stephen West aboard as Pete Bitar ran the controls, a few yards distant.
“It was just the proof of the concept, a very short flight” said inventor Bitar, President of AirBuoyant LLC, manufacturer of the VertiPod®. “But it was exciting, doing something that’s never been done before, with a design for production.”
The VertiPod IV tested here is a “mule,” with a lot of structure you won’t see in the production unit, which should be making demonstration flights at the big Oshkosh airshow in July. For example, the blue cage won’t be part of the package – just light legs to support the 120-pound machine as the pilot or passenger straps into the harness. The production machine will be a Hexacopter – six motors, six props, and more batteries; it will have a payload of 250 pounds. And it will be designed to fit into a big wheeled “suitcase,” making Professor Gadget green with envy.
Flight time for a gross weight operation is in single-digit minutes for now, but extended flights are projected, dependent on the tradeoffs among battery quantity, payload, and the flight profile.
This machine will be versatile, as it can be flown from the harness or from another location; it can also be programmed to fly a fully-autonomous route, like a high-line “hobby drone.”
That means the VertiPod can be flown as an FAA-defined Part 103 Ultralight Vehicle, by anyone who is competent – no pilot’s license or formal training is required. It can also be used in any number of pickup and delivery modes – delivering ammo and picking up a wounded soldier, for instance, or rescuing a person who has fallen through the ice.
Price for the VertiPod Hex will be $23,950, for the first 1000 customers.
See the video and coverage on this Popular Science link: http://www.popsci.com/watch-drone-carry-person?KpBFPcJzHEwRvLyF.01
MINDEN SOARING CLUB TO OFFER YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS
Minden – The Minden Soaring Club (MSC) has announced that it will again be offering youth scholarships to encourage youths between the ages of 14 and 21 to help finance flight and ground instruction in preparation for obtaining a private glider rating.
This year, the MSC will offer six (6) scholarships in the amount of $1000 each to youths who are interested in learning to fly gliders or who have already begun their training and need additional monetary assistance. The scholarships will be awarded by the MSC Board of Trustees and the scholarship award will be deposited at a training facility of the winner’s choice. The deadline for submission of applications is April 12, 2015 and winners will be announced by May 1, 2015.
Soaring is the art and science of using the natural movement of the atmosphere to stay aloft, climb and travel long distances in a motor-less aircraft. Minden, Nevada is known as one of the finest soaring sites in the world, offering clear dry air, mountains and valleys which generate lift and relatively clear airspace. Gliders can stay aloft for hours and cover hundreds of miles using nothing but the pilot’s skill and rising air. Glider pilots must go through the same certification procedures as airplane pilots, and with proper training, a pilot can solo a glider by age 14 and obtain their private pilot glider rating by age 16.
The MSC is a non-profit 5-1(c)(3) corporation which was organized to promote soaring in the region by encouraging education to improve pilot safety and proficiency through training and education. Donations for the scholarship fund are gratefully accepted.
U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds Show Schedule 2015NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have finalized their 2015 show schedule. In its 62nd season, the team is slated to perform 71 demonstrations at 39 locations.
The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
March 21-22: Lancaster, California
March 28-29: Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi
March 31- April 5: Easter Break
April 11-12: Tyndall AFB, Florida
April 18: Louisville, Kentucky
April 25-26: Lakeland, Florida
May 2-3: Dyess AFB, Texas
May 9-10: Millville, New Jersey
May 16-17: Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina
May 23-24: Wantagh [Jones Beach], New York
May 28: U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
May 30-31: Aurora, Colorado
June 6-7: Waco, Texas
June 13-14: Whiteman AFB, Missouri
June 20-21: Dayton, Ohio
June 27-28: Mankato, Minnesota
July 4-5: Traverse City, Michigan
July 11-12: Gary, Indiana
July 18-19: Niagara Falls, New York
July 22: Cheyenne, Wyoming
July 25-26: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 28 - August 2: Mid-Season Break
August 8-9: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Aug. 15-16: Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
Aug. 22-23: Open Date
Aug. 29-30: Midland, Texas
Sept. 5-7: Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 12-13: Owensboro, Kentucky
Sept. 19-20: Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
Sept. 26-27: Millington, Tennessee
Oct. 3-4: Mather [Sacramento], California
Oct. 10-11: Grand Junction, Colorado
Oct. 17-18: Houston, Texas
Oct. 24-25: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Oct. 31-1 Nov.: Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
Nov. 7-8: Moody AFB, Georgia
The release of the show season is good news for the squadron's Airmen, who normally spend up to 220 days a year traveling. Aside from performing impressive aerial demonstrations, Thunderbird Airmen visit with local schools and hospitals, hold enlistment ceremonies and conduct media engagements to speak with people about the Air Force.
"We are extremely excited to represent the Air Force during the upcoming season" said Lt. Col. Greg Moseley, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron commander and lead pilot. "Our newest team members have been training rigorously to ensure we execute our mission safely while showing the public what their Airmen can do."
Moseley is expected to depart the squadron after a change of command ceremony scheduled to occur Jan. 7, 2015. Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond, an experienced fighter pilot with more than 2,000 flight hours, will assume command of the squadron for the 2015 and 2016 demonstration seasons.
"It's an honor to share the story of U.S. Airmen serving at locations around the globe," said Hammond. "We hope these stories inspire others to learn more about aviation and opportunities to serve."
The Thunderbirds were formed in 1953, and since have been charged with demonstrating the professionalism of Airmen and the capabilities of modern airpower. The 2015 season marks the 33rd year the squadron has performed in the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Assigned to Air Combat Command, the squadron is composed of nearly 130 Airmen serving in more than two dozen Air Force job specialties.
The primary product of that teamwork is a Thunderbirds aerial demonstration, which includes approximately 40 maneuvers, featuring formation flying and solo routines. The entire show, including the beginning ground ceremony, lasts about one hour. A typical air show travel season extends from March to November.
To learn more about the Thunderbirds, visit www.afthunderbirds.com., or find afthunderbirds on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Professional Pilot Insurance
Professional Pilot Insurance Plans has announced a new insurance offering for both Air Line Transport Pilots and Commercial Rated Pilots… These insurance programs have been requested by Professional Aviators for quite some time. Professional Pilot Insurance Plan makes it both easy and relatively painless to apply! Professional Pilot Insurance Plan provides occupational Group Life Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance and recently launched, Pilot Income Protection to members who qualify.
Critical Illness Insurance pays a lump sum tax free benefit directly to you upon diagnosis of a covered condition. If a serious illness interrupts your career, don’t let worries about money get in the way of getting better. Our program covers 25 conditions including Cancer, Heart Attack and Stroke along with 22 other named illnesses.
Pilot Income Protection (Disability coverage) If you cannot carry out your normal occupation as a pilot due to unforeseen accident or sickness, Pilot Income Protection can provide a pre-agreed monthly tax free benefit for a specified period while you recover from an accident or long term sickness regardless of the status of your License.
Group Life Insurance is available for both ATPL’s and Commercial rated pilots. The group life insurance is fully “occupational” and covers the pilot member 24/7.
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Chris Kyle Still On The Job!!!
Upcoming Air Museum Events
Sat, 14 Feb at 1 PM – Living & Working in Space, presentation by Capt. Wendy Lawrence, retired NASA astronaut.
21 Feb at 1 PM to 2:15 PM- The Shadow Army: European Resistance During WW Two by Dr. Edward Gordon
As the tyrannical regime of Nazi Germany spread its grip over Europe, its criminal oppression of peoples spawned increasingly powerful resistance movements in every occupied country. This program will trace how and why resistance forces grew as WWII continued and how underground movements differed from country to country. This program is part of a four part series of WWII-related presentations delivered by noted historian Dr. Edward Gordon. Each program can stand alone but you won't want to miss a single one.
Fri evening, 27 Feb – 6 PM to 9 PM - P-51 UNVEILING of restored P-51 Mustang, Bunny, with special Tuskegee Airmen guests including Lt. Col. Bob Friend, Rusty Burns and others. Tribute - First look at P-51 – wine & appetizers - $15 for members; $25 for non-members & at the door – RSVP – Vikki@PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org or call 760-778-6251
28 Feb at 1 PM: FLIGHT BY RESTORED P-51 Red Tail Mustang - Bunny- & special flight exhibitions by other P-51 Mustangs. Short Tuskegee Program follows the P-51 flights.
6 Mar – 4 – 6 PM: Documentary screening: The Bob Hoover Project: Flying the Feathered Edge. A legend of the greatest generation, 92 year old Robert A. "Bob" Hoover is demonstrably the most beloved figure in aviation today. In FLYING THE FEATHERED EDGE Bob Hoover tells his own story – and shares, with his trademark charm, the hard earned wisdom of a life spent pushing the edge of the envelope while contributing to aviation's many developments. Producer/Director, Kim Furst will host this screening, sharing a project that has become a true labor of love for her. Join us for an evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres and possibly a couple of very special guests. Please RSVP to Carol at: 760-482-1836 or Membership@PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org
7 Mar – 1 PM to 2 PM - Canada Military Tribute: Canadian Airmen in WW1
Presentation by Major Bill March, RCAF
During the First World War over 20,000 Canadians volunteered to serve with the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. Canadians excelled in aerial combat. In fact the Commonwealth's highest scoring airman to survive the war was a Canadian: Lieutenant Colonel W.A. Bishop VC, with 72 victories. On this first weekend in March we honor our neighbors to the north and pay tribute to their military sacrifices for the cause of freedom.
MARCH 9 – 15: B-29 Fifi Returns! - CAF AIR POWER TOUR – Inside tours & flight experiences available: Book a Flight on Fifi
Fri, 13 Mar at 1 PM - Warbird Run Ups & Chris Demarest Meet & Greet - wine & cheese; Advance Tickets: Members $15; Non-members $20; At the Door - $25
14 Mar at 1 PM to 2:15 PM - Fireball in the Night: Bombing of Japan 1943 - 1945, presentation by Dr. Ed Gordon
The story of the end of the Pacific war is a unique mixture of military strategy, modern science, and ancient traditions. In the end, Japan's leaders had two choices – defeat or the possibility of total annihilation. Never in the history of warfare would air power play such an important role in the outcome of a war. This presentation on the bombing of Japan will chronicle the events that made U.S. airpower a decisive factor in the fall of Japan in 1945. This program is part of a four part series of WWII-related presentations delivered by noted historian Dr. Edward Gordon. Each program can stand alone but you won't want to miss a single one.
21 Mar at 1 PM to 2 PM - The Wild Weasel in Desert Storm: The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defenses, presentation & book signing by Lt. Col. Braxton "Brick" Eisel
Centered on the Persian Gulf region and the Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM this presentation looks at the recollections of F-4G Wild Weasel aircrews. Lt Col. Eisel shares a slice of what life and war were like during that period. At times, the war was scary; at other times, it was funny as hell. Usually, if you survive the former, it turns into the latter. Book signing follows presentation.
28 Mar at 1 PM to 2 PM - Beaufighters in the Night: 417th Night Fighter Squadron USAAF, presentation by Lt. Col. Braxton "Brick" Eisel and Mr. Dan Whitney
In the early days of WWII, the US sent observers to England to study how the latest form of air warfare would take shape and it very soon became apparent that a night fighting capability was of increasing importance. When the U.S. joined the battle against the Reich they found themselves without a suitable American aircraft and were forced to utilize RAF Beaufighters. Having ‘re-learned to fly' this British design the 417th were sent to North Africa to take up the fight. Don't miss this fascinating and little known story.
4 Apr from 1 to 2 PM - Development of the Northrop B-2 Stealth Bomber;
The most expensive and specialized airplane ever built, the B-2 carries a price tag of more than two billion dollars. Highly effective and extremely technically advanced, it has been an integral part of the USAF arsenal for the past 20 years. Most recently it played an integral role in the strike attacks against Qaddafi’s Libya. Come and hear directly from the men who worked at Northrop to manage, design, develop, and account for this massive project creating a truly game changing aircraft.
11 Apr at 1 PM to 2:15 PM - Killing Hitler: The Assassination Plots that Failed to Stop a Madman, presentation by Dr. Ed Gordon
It is alleged that between 1921 and 1945 over 50 assassination attempts failed to kill the Führer. As time passed Hitler's assassination fears led to the growth of the SS Lifeguard detachment from a few men to an entire division. In April 1945, a remnant of this force was still on duty at the Führer's Berlin bunker when
Hitler finally ended his own life by shooting himself. This program is part of a four part series of WWII related presentations delivered by noted historian Dr. Edward Gordon. Each program can stand alone but you won't want to miss a single one.
18 Apr at 1 PM to 2 PM - Air War Korea: F-86 Sabre & Unveiling of our F-86 Sabre, presentation by Blaine Mack
WWII was over and propellers were giving way to jet engines as North American Aviation’s F-86 Sabre entered active duty. The aircraft was to serve a pivotal role in the Korean War by going toe-to-toe with the MiG 15. Out gunned but not out piloted, learn how training and tactics won back air superiority for the NATO allies.
25 Apr at 1 PM to 2 PM - Age of the Atom: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, presentation by Richard Grosser
The story of the atomic bomb started around the turn of the century when a small number of physicists began to think about, discuss, and publish papers about the phenomenon of radioactivity. From there a chain of events resulted in the end of a war, the start of a showdown and now, an ongoing diplomatic dilemma. Historian Richard Grosser delves into The Age of the Atom and what it means to us today.
Mon, 25 May – 1:00 to 2:30 PM - Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair
This is a very special day at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Our brief Memorial Day service at 1 PM is dedicated to all of our fallen comrades who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. In their honor, we highlight that service with a fly-by and flower drop of 3,000 red and white carnations from a B-25 Mitchell bomber. The entire day is filled with flight exhibitions, musical performances, WWII re-enactors, children's activities and lots & lots of flying aircraft.
*Programs subject to change
NBAA Announces Recipients of 2015 Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship Awards
Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, email@example.com
San Jose, CA, Feb. 3, 2015 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and its Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee today announced the 15 recipients of the Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarships. These individuals will be recognized during the 2015 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015), which takes place Feb. 3 to 6 in San Jose, CA.
These training awards, given in conjunction with annual sponsors, promote the career development of current and aspiring schedulers and dispatchers. Companies generously donating training awards this year were: Airline Dispatch Federation (through Flamingo Air Schools), Beyond and Above Corporate Flight Attendant Training, CornerStone Strategies LLC, Corporate Aviation Solutions, Corporate Flight Attendant Training by Susan C. Friedenberg, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fireside Partners, FlightSafety International, GA Food Safety Professionals, Jeppesen, King Schools, Inc., MedAire, Inc., NBAA Air Traffic Services, Service Elements, UnitedHealthcare Global and Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
The following are the recipients of the 2015 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship Awards:
- Rebecca Bakeman, RAI Jets LLC
- Van Brendle, NASCAR
- Alana Fisher, The Hinman Company
- Tieg Grayson, Bickel & Brewer
- Melissa McCune, American Jet International
- Elisabeth Murillo, California Baptist University
- Calley Nagy, Springhill Suites
- Patrick O’Neill, Southern Company Services
- Sue Pickelman, Pentastar Aviation
- Pamela Province, Business Air
- Blake Summers, Horizon Air
- Aymie Thornton, JCPenney
- Dallas Toon, Lake Clark Air, Inc.
- Lyndsey Waller, Stryker Corporation
- Owen Woodland, student, University of Dubuque
NBAA's S&D Committee offers scholarships through two separate but related programs that specifically promote professional and career development for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers.
The Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship Program, initiated in 2004, offers opportunities for scholarship recipients to gain access to hands-on teaching initiatives.
Through a separate Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship Program, the committee offers cash grants, which can be used for a variety of professional development initiatives. Since 1997, more than $576,250 has been awarded to schedulers and dispatchers through this program.
For information about NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, contact NBAA Director, Educational Development & Strategy Jo Damato at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBAA offers several scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers. For more information about NBAA scholarships or to download application forms, contact NBAA Director, Professional Development Jay Evans at email@example.com or visit www.nbaa.org/scholarships.Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org