Aerospace Archives

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


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


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 →

ASU chosen to lead lunar CubeSat mission

Photo by: Sean Amidan/ASU/SpaceTREx

A spacecraft the size of a shoebox with Arizona origins will soon be orbiting our nearest neighbor to create a map of water-ice on the Moon. The NASA-selected CubeSat will be designed, built, and operated at Arizona State University, and is one piece of the agency’s larger mission to fully characterize the water content at the… Read More →

Ranking Arizona voting for 2016 ends tomorrow

Photo and froth art by Teaspressa

Everybody wants to be the best. In business, being the best can boost a company’s bottom line. Ranking Arizona lets Arizona companies prove they’re among the 10 best in their industries. Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, which is published annually by AZ Big Media, is the result of largest business opinion poll taken in… Read More →

Goodyear defense contractor gets Air Force research grant


Prime Solutions Group, an aerospace and defense consulting contractor located at the West Valley Technology Center near the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport, has received a prestigious Small Business Innovative Research grant from the United States Air Force. Joseph Marvin, president of the 17-employee firm, said the Phase I grant is a major accomplishment that will allow his… Read More →

$7M JLL Hangar sale shows Phoenix aerospace is flying high


The Phoenix office of JLL has closed the $7 million sale of The Hangars at 5615, a major, state-of-the-art office and hangar facility with direct runway access to Phoenix Mesa-Gateway Airport, the hub of Phoenix’s up-and-coming aerospace corridor. Although the property is currently 100 percent vacant, it is being acquired by an investor with an expected commitment for… Read More →

NASA honors NAU for asteroid observations  Johan Swanepoel

A team led by David Trilling, associate professor of astronomy at Northern Arizona University, has been selected to receive a NASA Group Achievement Award. According to NASA, the Spitzer Near Earth Asteroid Team is being recognized “for exemplary science implementation, analysis and execution of the Spitzer 2011 MD and 2009 BD near-Earth Asteroid Observations for… Read More →

Defense department honors Glendale, Snell & Wilmer


Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced today that two employers in Arizona have been awarded the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The City of Glendale and Snell & Wilmer LLP, a law firm based in Phoenix, were two of 15 employers from across the… Read More →

ASU scientists play key roles in new NASA mission


NASA is sending a mission to see if Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter, has conditions suitable for life, and three ASU scientists are involved with the mission’s instruments. Three scientists in Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) — Philip Christensen, Mikhail Zolotov, and Everett Shock — are involved with NASA’s… Read More →

FAA approves FPV Catalog for commercial use of drones


An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) related business in Southern Arizona received a Federal Aviation Administration exemption to fly drones. FPV Catalog, an online source for multirotors and winged aircraft parts and accessories, is one of the first retail sites in Arizona to be granted authorization from the FAA to fly its UAVs for commercial and… Read More →

Arizona’s aerospace industry may turn to space tourism


Arizona’s missile and space vehicle industry has faced massive cuts to its government contracts over the last four years, forcing some companies to explore other revenue sources. Experts said the industry may turn to space tourism and commercial space programs to fill that gap. The state has several advantages to expand in this market: good… Read More →