New This Week


AVweb’s search of aviation news around the world found a new UAS cybersecurity program at Kansas State, a new helicopter service in Chicago, GAMA’sAviation Design Challenge winners and NATA’sIndustry Excellence Awards.K-State Salinais adding an unmanned aircraft systems cybersecurity concentration to its Professional Master of Technology and is currently enrolling students for the inaugural class beginning Monday, June 8. This new academic emphasis is online-based and gives interested students the flexibility of either working toward a master’s degree or taking individual courses.With the debut of Vertiport Chicago, DuPage Airport’s aviation customers can now take advantage of a 12-minute helicopter ride to or from the West Chicago general aviation facility to downtown Chicago. Reintroducing private helicopters to downtown for the first time since the closure of Meigs Field in 2003, Vertiport Chicago is a state-of-the-art 10-acre facility – the largest of its kind in North America – serving both helicopters and next-generation tiltrotor aircraft.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane announced that the CHEF Homeschoolers in Cuba City, Wisconsin, won the third Aviation Design Challenge to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) knowledge among U.S. high school students. Four students, one teacher, and one chaperone from the high school will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington, to build a Glasair Sportsman airplane from June 8-19, 2015.The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced the recipients of its Industry Excellence Awards given annually to individuals, offices and organizations that have helped improve the general aviation community. Awards will be presented during the NATA Industry Excellence Awards Presentation Luncheon on June 17th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.