Aerospace Archives

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

Phoenix 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 →

ASU scientists selected for NASA investigation team

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NASA has announced the selection of Science Investigation Teams for its Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). ASU will be the lead institution for one of these teams, which includes School of Earth and Space Exploration scientists James Rhoads, Sangeeta Malhotra, Rogier Windhorst, Rolf Jansen, and Vithal Tilvi, along with scientists from the University of… Read More →

Sky Harbor gets mixed results on holiday report card

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

With increased numbers of travelers at airports all over the country, flying can be a hassle during the holidays. But for those leaving Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, there are several airlines that consistently get travelers in the air on time through the busy season, according to an analysis of travel statistics. “This year, we… Read More →

Mesa Airlines adding 18 Embraer 175 aircraft

E175 330 Phoenix

Mesa Airlines, Inc. today announced the expansion of its agreement with United Airlines to operate three additional Embraer 175 aircraft, bringing the total number of United Express aircraft operated by Mesa to 68. In October, the company announced an agreement for the addition of 15 new aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2016, which has now… Read More →

Aerospace firms make LGBT inclusion a priority

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Aerospace and defense companies continue to work toward LGBT inclusion, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. A full breakdown of the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) scores for the aerospace and defense sector, including ten… Read More →

Papillon Group pilots go pink for breast cancer awareness

Papillon Group pilots will wear pink epaulettes during the entire month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The ornamental pink epaulette shoulder piece will be worn by every pilot during every tour throughout the month to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness. The tradition began in 2013 when one of Papillon Group’s own pilots… Read More →

Ranking Arizona® will get a new look for the 2016 edition

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The 19th edition of “Ranking Arizona®: The Best of Arizona Business” will feature a makeover of the editorial content to help readers learn more about their favorite Arizona-based businesses. “Historically, we have published traditional profiles of each company,” said AZ Big Media Editor in Chief Michael Gossie. “This year, we are going deeper. We are… Read More →

Able Engineering, Able Aerospace hit new heights

Lee Benson

Neither the recession nor sequestration has slowed one Arizona aerospace company. “For the last 12 years, we are growing at better than a 20 percent compounded annual growth rate,” said Lee Benson, CEO of Able Engineering and Able Aerospace. “This year, we could grow as much as 35 percent.” Since buying the business that would… Read More →

Embry-Riddle kicks off milestone year with open house

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In a nod to its upcoming 90th anniversary and key role in Arizona’s aerospace, aviation and technological development, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will host a special Open House celebration Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at its Worldwide campus at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. As part of the Open House, the university will showcase one of its original aircraft,… Read More →

Pinnacle Aviation earns Stage 3 certification

Photo by Pinnacle Aviation Audit Team

Left to Right: Todd Pixley - Chief Pilot, Don Wade - Director of Safety, Trevor Turcott - Director of Operations, Curt Pavlicek - Founder and President, Scott Guetti - Director of Maintenance, Scott Casey - Charter Manager, Chris Birtch - Manager of Training

Pinnacle Aviation announced that as a result of its latest independent safety and operations audit by IS-BAO, the IBAC council has approved Pinnacle Aviation for the prestigious Stage 3 certification. International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) is designed to promote use of high quality operating practices for international business aircraft operations.  IS-BAO is a… Read More →