Aerospace Archives

Arizona Commerce Authority launches aerospace database

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The Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Zanjeros aerospace and defense industry sub-committee launched a comprehensive database designed to connect aerospace and defense companies with Arizona-based suppliers. The database will serve as a go-to resource for Arizona’s aerospace and defense companies and the state’s growing supply chain. It contains detailed profiles of more than 1,250 companies with a presence… Read More →

How does Arizona grow its knowledge economy?

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You don’t hear many people in Arizona use the C-words these days. It’s become archaic. We are talking, of course, about Arizona’s economy and the fact that there was a time when it was defined by the five Cs — copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate. They were the forces that drove Arizona’s economy and… Read More →

How will Luke Air Force Base shape the Valley?

An F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base takes off, July 29, 2015. Since 2010, the F-35 has flown more than 30,000 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller)

Luke Air Force Base sits on thousands of acres in the West Valley. It brings more than $2 billion in economic impact to Arizona every year. And it’s a point of pride among the U.S. military as well as a respected fighter pilot training base for our allies around the world. It is what has… Read More →

The planes of Luke Air Force Base

At Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 10, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

As you may head to Luke Air Force Base this weekend for its “75 Years of Airpower” airshow, you may know that the base only trains pilots for two of our country’s fighter jets, the F-16 and the F-35. Each plane was built in different generations, for a different time. F-16 Fighting Falcon Mission: The F-16… Read More →

Luke Air Force Base helps West Valley soar

F-35A Lightning II

At any given time, a Glendale or Goodyear resident may be able to look out their window and see fighter jets fly over their yard. Now, the West Valley is opening that window to the world. “(Luke) is a window to the world,” says Joe LaRue, executive vice president of Sun Health. “Every year, hundreds… Read More →

Meet the general as Luke AFB turns 75

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, puts on hus helmet during his first F-35 sortie flight at Luke Air Force Base on March 18, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

Brig. Gen. Scott L. Pleus looks like he could win a marathon or a UFC championship on a whim and on the same day. “There’s a reason fighter pilots all look the same,” Pleus says. “We are all about the same height. We are all about the same size. It’s because each of us are… Read More →

Orbital ATK will expand operations in Gilbert, add jobs

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Orbital ATK, one of the Valley’s leading aerospace and defense technology firms, announced, Friday, the expansion of the company’s engineering operations in Gilbert. The expansion will add 60,000 square feet to the site that includes Orbital ATK’s Satellite Manufacturing Facility, one of the largest and most advanced spacecraft assembly and… Read More →

Embry-Riddle and Universal Helicopters team up

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Campus and Universal Helicopters Inc. (UHI) have announced an extension of their 2010 agreement to exclusively provide helicopter training to Embry-Riddle students. The program is designed to carry students from zero time through their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate.  The contract with UHI simplifies the path for students seeking helicopter flight training… Read More →

Enterprise Bank launches aircraft financing group

Enterprise Bank

Enterprise Bank & Trust established Enterprise Aircraft Finance, a unit specializing in financing and leasing solutions for the acquisition of fixed and rotor wing aircraft. The new niche will serve a broad array of clients, including individuals, corporations, charter operators, military contractors and aircraft dealers. In conjunction with the launch of Enterprise Aircraft Finance, Enterprise also purchased $21 million in outstanding aircraft… Read More →

Textron acquires Mesa-based Able Aerospace

Able Aerospace

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Thursday it completed the acquisition of Able Engineering & Component Services Inc. and Able Aerospace Inc., an industry-leading repair and overhaul company. Based in Mesa Able provides component repairs, component exchanges and replacement parts, among other support and service offerings for commercial rotorcraft and fixed-wing… Read More →

World View will launch space flights from Arizona

World View

World View, the commercial balloon spaceflight company, plans to expand in southern Arizona with the world’s first purpose-built stratospheric ballooning facility and Spaceport Tucson, the state’s first designated launchpad for commercial space endeavors. World View plans to hire more than 400 new employees and will continue its hiring process upon completion of its new campus,… Read More →

Air Force may spare A-10 from budget cuts for now

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 74th Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia flies over Afghanistan in this 2011 photo. (Photo by Master Sgt. William Greer/U.S. Air Force)

The Air Force has delayed plans to retire the A-10 Warthog, a jet fighter that is a mainstay of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, according to a published report. The news, first reported Wednesday by the news site Defense One, was quickly welcomed by Arizona lawmakers who have fought the Air Force for… Read More →

Sky Harbor adds new deputy aviation director

Sky Harbor

Chris Madsen will join  as the new Deputy Aviation Director for Business and Properties on January 11. Madsen has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry.  Most recently, she worked as the director of operations for a boutique consulting firm that specializes in concessions planning and financial analysis. In her new role,… Read More →

How to fly your drone responsibly in Arizona

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Did you receive an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone as they are more commonly known for the holidays?  New drone operators may have questions about where they can be flown and what they need to do in order to fly them.  Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has launched a new web page and notification portal… Read More →