On The Fly…


Eurocopter has announced it will build aircraft and components at a plant it will build in the Golden Triangle of Mississippi. American Eurocopter Corporation will build parts for three models and do the final assembly of AS350 helicopters. The plant will employ about 100…A retired TWA captain has won his third unlimited gliding championship. John Lumley, of Delray Beach, Fla., had to fly a complex set of maneuvers in the competition at the National Aerobatic Championships. He has 23,000 hours total time and 70 hours in gliders. The win qualifies him for the world championships in Hungary next year…The body of an F-16 pilot was recovered last Saturday a day after his aircraft collided with another F-16 in Utah. The pilot of the other plane, Capt. David Roszmann, ejected with only minor injuries. Cause is being investigated…Mooney Aerospace Group Ltd has announced an extended warranty for its products. New Mooneys will come with a three-year or 600-hour warranty on proprietary Mooney-produced parts. Warranty service will be done at any approved service centers or at the Kerrville, Texas, plant…The El Paso city council is pondering putting an arena at the city’s airport. Several cityrepresentatives have spoken in favor of the plan, saying the airport’s proximity to hotels and other services makes it an ideal spot for the new 10,000-seat facility. Bring on the NOTAMs…The FAA has told Hawaii to keep five GA airports open. The state was planning to close theairports but the FAA is blocking the bid. Hawaii is getting the message in the form of a terse letter.