Monthly Archives: January 2014

Boeing’s 747-8 commemorates Seahawks appearance in Super Bowl

seahawksBoeing is celebrating the Seattle Seahawks appearance in the Super Bowl with a specially painted 747-8 freighter.

The livery commemorates the National Football Conference Championship and the team’s appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Boeing is a sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks.

The 747-8 is owned by Boeing and used for flight testing.

Here are some fun facts provided by Boeing:

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s longest pass this season, at 80 yards, was almost the same length as the 747-8 fuselage at 243.5 feet.

Russell Wilson threw for 3,357 yards this season, similar to the runway takeoff distance of the 747-8.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin can dash the full length of the 180-foot  747-8 main deck in less than seven seconds.

The 747-8 can cover the length of a football field in one second at takeoff.

Southwest Airlines to temporarily operate Kansas City to Washington D.C. route

Southwest Airlines will temporarily operate a route from Kansas City International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport starting Feb. 1.

Southwest petitioned to ensure there was no interruption of service after Frontier Airlines decided to stop daily nonstop service beginning Jan. 31.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, said Southwest’s decision is good news for Kansas air travelers.

“As the nation’s largest low-cost air carrier and MCI’s largest airline, Southwest is well-suited to provide travelers flying between Kansas City and Washington, D.C., with an affordable travel option,” Moran said in a statement. “Maintaining access to air service is essential to connecting Kansas businesses to the rest of the country.”

Last fall, Frontier Airlines was sold to Indigo Partners, a private equity firm. The new owners decided to discontinue Frontier’s current route exemptions, allocated by the Department of Transportation, for daily nonstop service between Kansas City and Washington.

While the DOT begins formal proceedings to reallocate the routes, which is expected to take months, Southwest Airlines will be allowed to serve the route on a temporary basis, Moran’s office said.





Wichita Aero Club gala brought some quotable moments

Saturday’s Wichita Aero Club gala drew a packed house as it honored Cessna Aircraft chairman emeritus Russ Meyer for Meyer’s contributions to aviation.

It also had a number of quotable moments. Here’s a few:


“He’s got great charisma, assuming it’s OK for a guy to say that about another guy.”

— Sen. Jerry Moran in a speech honoring Russ Meyer.

“If I can (say) Russ Meyer is my friend, my standing goes up a lot. That’s very important for someone in the business I’m in right now.”

— Sen. Jerry Moran

“He had a huge smile on his face. He looked right by me and said, ‘Russ.’”

— National Business Aviation Association president Ed Bolen, who had been impressed with himself that he had secured a difficult-to-get appointment with then U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow, on Snow’s greeting.

“It is very appropriate for Russ to receive this honor, because it’s hard to imagine someone who’s done more for his ‘adopted hometown’ of Wichita than he has. He is one of the most significant figures in general aviation history, and has probably had the largest impact on aviation policy than any other single person in the United States.”

— National Business Aviation Association president Ed Bolen

“Russ’s huge record of accomplishments extends well beyond aviation. “n fact, the last two times that a sitting U.S. president has visited Wichita, it has been at the invitation of Russ Meyer, and to see the philanthropic projects he’s been deeply involved in.”

— National Business Aviation Association president Ed Bolen

“One of these days, we’re going to learn that an award like this should go to the wife.”

—Russ Meyer, in accepting the Wichita Aero Club Gala award, on his wife, Helen.

“If you were anyplace in the world, if you looked up and saw two airplanes flying, chances were 50 percent that one of them was a Cessna.”

— Russ Meyer on the go-go years for general aviation during the late 1970s.

“It was not a campaign, it was really a crusade to save the single-engine market.”

—Russ Meyer on efforts to pass the General Aviation Revitalization bill. After its passage, Cessna restarted piston airplane production.

“I promise you this: If I were 25 years old today, I’d pursue a career in this industry in a heartbeat.”

– Russ Meyer during his speech at the gala.

Auction, including Cessna “Bird Dog”, classic truck, brings $1 million for Armed Forces Foundation

Cessna Bird Dog and Dodge M37 truck A restored 1959 Cessna L-19E “Bird Dog” and a restored Dodge M37 truck were sold together in an auction Saturday to raise money for the Armed Forces Foundation.

The two were sold for $750,000 to a Cessna customer who wishes to stay anonymous, a Cessna spokeswoman said.

Combined with donations from the audience, the auction, held by Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz., raised $1 million for the Foundation.

Cessna donated the classic 55-year-old airplane, one of 130 airworthy L-19 aircraft left in the world.

Kansas City-based Kansas Aircraft Corp., partnered with Cessna to locate the plane and arrange for Cessna to buy it, Cessna said.

It had been used in France as a trainer and brought to the U.S. from France in 1984.

Okoboji Classic Cars of Spencer, Iowa, donated the three-quarter ton pickup truck after working 2,500 hours to restore it. The company had discovered it sitting in a field.

The plane and truck were auctioned in a prime time broadcast on Saturday.

The money will be used to support the Armed Forces Foundation’s efforts to educate the public about the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.


Aviation Legacy Awards to go to two Wichitans for Special Olympics Airlift work

Wichitans Marilyn Richwine and Rhonda Fullerton will be in good company Friday when actor Harrison Ford presents them with an Aviation Legacy Award for their work coordinating Cessna Aircraft’s Citation Special Olympics Airlift.

The awards are part of the 11th annual “Living Legends of Aviation” awards produced by the nonprofit Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.

Living Legends of Aviation will honor Fred Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx with its “Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award,” and Bruce Whitman, chairman and CEO of FlightSafety International with the “Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader Award.”

Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, a Medal of Honor recipient, will receive the Freedom of Flight Award, and actor Morgan Freeman will narrate a tribute to Experimental Aircraft Association founder Paul Poberezny in a Flown West segment of the program.

Seven Legends of Aviation will be inducted including Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas; David Hurley, chairman emeritus of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum; John Uczekaj, CEO of Aspen Avionics; David Neeleman, founder of Jet Blue and Azul Airlines; Roy Morgan, founder of Air Methods, and actor and pilot Treat Williams.

Jack Erickson, the inventor of the SkyCrane and a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot will be honored as the Bell Helicopter’s Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award honoree.

The event will be held Friday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Tulsa International Airport begins construction on Concourse A

Passengers at the Tulsa International Airport will notice some changes to airline operations as renovations begin on Concourse A.

Because of construction, Delta Airlines is moving from Concourse A to gates B7, B9 and B11. And American Airlines will relocate a gate in Concourse A from A27 to A22, the airport said.

The moves are necessary because of renovations to the 40-year-old concourse.

The $23 million project will include replacement of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that support the concourse, which will improve its operational efficiency, the airport said.

The project will also include expansion of the gate areas, new seating with integrated power outlets, new restrooms, a business center and a new military lounge.

It will be similar to a recent renovation of Concourse B at the Tulsa airport, it said.

The project is funded by passenger facility charges, a $4.50 per ticket fee added to each departing ticket from the airport.

Study: Spirit AeroSystems ranks fifth in “Most Responsive Employer” ranking

Spirit AeroSystem ranks fifth in a list of the Top 25 Most Responsive Employers in America for 2013, according to the ranking by StartWire.

The list ranks employers who “systematically and proactively provide feedback to job seekers on their job applications,” according to a release.

AT&T heads the list, followed by Pepsi Beverage Co., Rochester General Health System, Boehringer Ingelheim and Spirit.

The biggest complaint of job seekers is the “application black-hole,” StartWire founder and CEO Chris Forman said in a statement.

The ranking is meant to highlight employers who have heard the complaint and are working to improve the experience of job candidates, he said.

Researchers at StartWire analyzed the automated job application status updates of more than 8,000 companies.

StartWire is a job search organizer.


Happy 100th birthday to commercial aviation

Commercial aviation turned 100 January 1 with the departure of the first paying passenger flight out of St. Petersburg, Fla., according to a report by the Florida News Journal.

The report chronicles highlights from the past 100 years.


Third Airbus A350 XWB flight test aircraft rolls out of hangar

airbus a350 test planeThe third Airbus A350 XWB flight test airplane rolled out from an Airbus paint shop in Toulousse, France, with a distinctive paint job.

The plane features what Airbus calls a “Carbon” design to reflect the A350′s primary construction from advanced carbon materials.

It’s also the first of two flight test aircraft to be equipped with a full passenger cabin interior.

The plane will join Airbus’ test fleet in the coming weeks.

Spirit AeroSystems builds parts of the A350.

Courtesy photo

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