5 Interesting Facts About the SR-71 Blackbird

The SR-71 Blackbird is a very, very unique plane. It was a plane that was ahead of its time. It was a stealth plane, before the concept of stealth planes existed. Here are three very interesting things that I’ve learned about the SR-71. It leaked fuel when it was on the ground. The plane was …

A Brief History of Aviation Airplanes

Aviation has been the most vital mode of transportation in these modern times. It plays an important part in the economy – it creates jobs, it allows businesses to spread into other countries, and it helps other industries such as the tourism industry grow. Additionally, aviation brings people around the world together and makes stronger …

General Bob Cardenas – Flying Wing Man

I had the opportunity to meet General Bob Cardenas while producing our documentary “The Invisible Ones: Homeless Combat Veterans.” He is one of several good souls who appear in the show, talking about the topic of homeless veterans. Bob, at 89, is still very sharp and remembers minute details about his flights from the past. …

Duncan Aviation Increases Rental Turbine Engine Pool

Duncan Aviation increased its available pool of rental turbine engines by 33 percent to meet customer demand last year, the company announced this week. The pool includes rental engines for the Honeywell HTF7000, HTF7350, and TFE731 (-2C, -3, -5B, -20, -40, and -60). According to Duncan Aviation’s manager of turbine engine services James Prater, the …

NATA Launches Supplemental Safety Training Program

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has launched the Supplemental Safety Training Program as a means to rapidly respond to urgent industry safety issues. The first course, developed for FBOs, addresses the risk of jet fuel contamination with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). This follows a jet-A contamination incident in Omaha, Nebraska, in November. This program, …

Stevens Aviation Announces STC for NXT-600 Transponder

South Carolina-based Stevens Aviation has secured an approved model list (AML) STC for L3 Aviation’s NXT-600 mode-S transponder. This allows the company to provide ADS-B Out compliance for several aircraft models. The first aircraft to be upgraded with the installation was a Citation 650 with a non-integrated avionics suite, and the upgrade was done at Stevens …

UH-1H Crash at Northern New Mexico Border Claims Five

The Wednesday evening crash of a privately flown Bell UH-1H Huey, registered as N658H, in northern New Mexico claimed five occupants, including a prominent Zimbabwean opposition leader. A sixth passenger was severely injured. New Mexico State Police received a 911 call from one of the victims at approximately 6 p.m. MST on Wednesday. The helicopter …

Legacy 600 Avionics Upgrade Adds LCDs, FANS-1/A+

Duncan Aviation has completed the first installation of the Honeywell Primus Elite upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600. The DU-875 LCD retrofit was completed as part of the project because the Legacy’s original CRT screens are no longer in production and have reached technological obsolescence. The Legacy owner, who is a long-time customer of Duncan …

Global Aerospace Adds New Light Aircraft Policy Benefit

Industry insurance provider Global Aerospace has launched an aircraft breakdown assistance program as an additional benefit for its light aircraft operators. According to the company, the new program—supported by maintenance management provider Savvy Aviation—will offer policyholders complimentary 24/7 access to a dedicated toll-free assistance hotline staffed by experienced airframe and powerplant and inspection authorization technicians. …