New This Week


AVweb’s search of aviation news worldwide found announcements from Tecnam, theHayward Air Rally, the National Business Aviation Association andAble Flight.Tecnam has introduced a substantially updated and improved Mark 2 version of the company’s popular P2002 Sierra. The Tecnam P2002 Sierra MkII now offers an improved cabin for greater comfort, top level avionics, new paint colors and interior options and a redesigned cowling for the 100-HP Rotax engine. The Hayward Air Rally, the longest continually held proficiency flying event in North America, is funding scholarships for students ages 16-18 for the EAA Air Academy’s summer 2017 program. The scholarships offered will cover the costs of camp tuition and round-trip commercial air transportation.

W. Ashley Smith Jr., founder and president of Jet Logistics Inc., was announced as one of the inaugural recipients of the prestigious Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award by the National Business Aviation Association. Smith’s nomination for the award, which was then vetted by a panel of NBAA Safety Committee Professionalism Working Group members, noted his lifelong passion and commitment to aviation. Able Flight and The Ohio State University will partner on a new flight training program for people with physical disabilities beginning in May 2017. The program will begin with two Able Flight Scholarship recipients who will take part in an intensive six-week program at the Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, Ohio, and who will be trained by OSU instructors.