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U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds Show Schedule 2015

 NELLIS 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.

Thunderbirds formation flyover image

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.

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Upcoming Air Museum Events

Air Museum

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

NBAA, Aviation Convention

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

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 jdamato@nbaa.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 jevans@nbaa.org 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

Diamond's new turbine-powered aircraft flies like a rocket, says CEO

Diamond Aircraft's new DA50-JP7 is a seven-seat aircraft powered by a Ukrainian-built turbine engine. CEO Christian Dries piloted the first flight of the aircraft this month in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. "This aircraft with this turbine engine almost flies like a rocket," said Dries. The company hopes to certify the DA50 by the end of 2016. AOPA Online

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Become a Member of HAI

Not a member of HAI? Become one today — joining is easy! HAI offers many benefits to members, including discounts on attending HAI HELI-EXPO®, promotion of your interests though HAI advocacy, unlimited subscriptions to ROTOR® magazine, and more! Questions? Please contact the HAI Membership Department at 1-800-435-4976 (within the U.S. and Canada), 703-683-4646, or mbr@rotor.org.

HAI Honors Our Industry’s Finest

For more than 50 years, HAI has recognized the outstanding achievements and exceptional merit of individuals and organizations in the international helicopter community. This annual awards dinner is the premier event of HAI HELI-EXPO.

The 2015 Salute to Excellence Awards will be presented March 4. Tickets can be purchased online when you register for HAI HELI-EXPO or on site at Attendee Registration. If you are attending with a corporate group or friends, consider reserving your own table for 10. (Note: attendance at the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner is not included in your HAI HELI-EXPO registration fee.)

Improve Your Management Skills at HAI HELI-EXPO 2015

From Feb. 27 through Mar. 7, HAI will offer professional education courses at HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 for managers. Become a better manager this year at HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 with the following courses:

For more information and to register, visit rotor.org/takeacourse. Questions? Contact Anne Nevel at 703-302-8967 or education@rotor.org.

HAI Helicopter Industry Career Fair

If you’re a job seeker looking for a new career opportunity in the helicopter industry or an organization in search of qualified candidates, plan to attend the 13th annual HAI Helicopter Industry Career Fair at HAI HELI-EXPO 2015.

Job seekers will have a chance to meet with representatives from a variety of companies, spanning all segments of the helicopter industry. Admittance to the career fair is FREE for all job seekers, but pre-registration is required.

Organizations will be able promote their job openings to a large audience of industry professionals. Exhibit space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited, so reserve your booth space today!

Participation in the job fair does not grant nor imply admission to HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 or any related events where registration is required.

Please contact the HAI HR Department at 703-683-4646 x8442 or careerfair@rotor.org for additional information.

HFI Online Silent Auction

Put your company and product in front of more than 300,000 online bidders: donate to the HFI Online Silent Auction! Proceeds from the auction will support the HFI (Helicopter Foundation International) Scholarship Program – an important initiative geared toward increasing the number of future pilots and mechanics – as well as efforts to preserve the history of the helicopter industry.

We are looking for aviation-themed items and pieces of general interest to all. All donations are due by Jan. 23. Support YOUR helicopter industry: donate today!

Important Dates:
Jan. 23: ALL Donations Due (Donate Now!)
Feb. 10, 12:00 pm EST
: Auction Opens (Bid 24/7 at www.biddingforgood.com/HFI)
March 5, 4:00 pm EST: Auction Closes

Questions? Contact Marty Pociask, HFI’s curator, at 703-683-4646 x8465 or marty.pociask@rotor.org.

HFI Scholarship Golf Tournament

Join us for the 2015 HFI Scholarship Tournament on Sun., Mar. 1, at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, Florida. Check-in starts at 10:00 am with a shotgun start at 11:30 am. All tournament proceeds will fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in rotorcraft aviation. For more information or to register, visit www.rotor.org/golf.


March 2–5
Exhibits Open March 3–5

Orange County Convention Center
North and South Halls

9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Exhibit Hall Hours
March 3, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
March 4, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
March 5, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

or call 703-683-4646

Spartan College Agrees To Buy 20 Electric Trainers

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, based in Denver, Colorado, has signed an agreement with Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. to buy 20 electric-powered two-seat trainer aircraft. The college has reserved the first delivery positions for the Sun Flyer airplane, which is still in development. "This agreement signifies our commitment to innovation and to serving the next generation of pilots," said Peter Harris, CEO of Spartan College. Read More

Solar Impulse Crew Unveils Global Route

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the Swiss pilots who plan to fly the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft around the world, announced the route they will follow at a news conference in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday morning. Read More


First Flight For Nextant G90XT

Nextant Aerospace has completed the first test flight of its remanufactured G90XT design, the company recently announced. The project, which launched about a year ago, matches a refurbished King Air C90A with the new H75 engine by GE. The airplane also features a Garmin G1000 cockpit, electronic engine controls, new dual-zone air conditioning, and many more upgrades. "We spent several months with existing King Air operators during our feasibility studies trying to understand what types of enhancements would significantly improve their ownership experience," said Nextant CEO Sean McGeough. "We listened carefully and believe we are delivering a product that will have a large impact within this market segment." Read More