The notion that hundreds or even thousands of electric-powered air taxis could be whisking people over jammed roads is inching away from science fiction and closer to reality.
Vincennes University expanding aviation maintenance program in Indianapolis
The $4.5 million in funding comes from the latest two-year state budget approved this year by the Indiana General Assembly. VU said the effort will help address a growing demand for professionals in the aviation industry.Read More
Jet Access moving headquarters from Greenfield to Fishers
Jet Access intends to relocate 63 corporate employees from offices in the Indianapolis area as part of the move and hire 20 more employees in Fishers by 2025, according to the city.Read More
IBJ Podcast: Sweetwater’s Surack on selling stake in billion-dollar firm, backing Indy heliport
In this week’s edition of the IBJ Podcast, Chuck Surack sheds more light on his decision to sell a controlling stake in Sweetwater and step away from day-to-day operations. And he explains the reasoning behind his desire to keep the heliport open.Read More
Downtown heliport expected to remain open at least through February
The Indianapolis Airport Authority said it hopes to receive tentative approval to decommission the facility at 51 S. New Jersey St. by the end of February. It is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to secure the designation, which is crucial for future redevelopment of the site.Read More
The FAA used lofty language in its implementation plan to describe how the devices will operate, calling it “a new era of aviation once only portrayed in movies or science fiction.”
Experts in the field say the downtown heliport is just the kind of property other cities will be trying to create as advanced aviation technology matures.
Host Mason King is joined by Rob Lowe, Republic’s vice president of people and culture, and Alisha Spires, senior manager of talent acquisition for pilot recruiting, to discuss the barriers that women and people of color face when they consider aviation careers, and what Republic is doing to widen those horizons.
American becomes the second U.S. customer for Boom after a similar announcement last year from United Airlines for 15 of the proposed planes, called the Overture.
Aviation authorities in the U.S. and elsewhere are preparing to relax some of the safeguards they imposed to regulate a boom in off-the-shelf consumer drones over the past decade.
The White House on Monday released an action plan that calls for expanding the number of agencies that can track and monitor drones flying in their airspace.
In Indianapolis, Rolls-Royce plans to add 150,000 square feet to the east side of its Tibbs Avenue facility, expanding and improving its testing capabilities at the site.
Hancock County-based Jet Access announced it will break ground Friday on a nearly 23,000-square-foot aviation hangar at the Indianapolis Regional Airport in Greenfield.
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways, along with Rolls-Royce, are among numerous investors in Eve, an urban air mobility company that aims to develop an international network of electric vertical-lift aircraft.
Airlines had asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay this week’s scheduled 5G rollout, saying the service, set to launch Tuesday, could interfere with electronics that pilots rely on.
The merged company will employ about 380, including more than 110 pilots and 75 aircraft technicians, and have more than 50 aircraft in its fleet.
The contract to supply new engines for the B-52 bomber fleet could be worth up to $2.6 billion. It’s one of the largest contracts that Rolls’ Indianapolis operation has ever pursued.
The $600 million project, announced in 2015, included upgrades to the facilities, machinery and manufacturing processes at Rolls-Royce’s Indianapolis operations. A pandemic-delayed celebration of the project is scheduled to take place Wednesday afternoon.
The multimillion-dollar project, in partnership with Purdue University and the Purdue Research Foundation, will expand aircraft engine testing facilities in both West Lafayette and Indianapolis.
The partnership, which is expected to tackle several research projects per year, is aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity of Rolls-Royce’s products, which are used in civilian and military aircraft, nuclear power plants and other applications.
Canada’s Bombardier announced Thursday that it will stop production of the Learjet later this year to focus on more profitable planes. The iconic jet was among the first private luxury planes.
Local aviation company Aero Management Group has acquired the leasehold rights to Indianapolis Regional Airport in Greenfield and is planning numerous capital improvements and the addition of charter service.
Federal officials say they will allow operators to fly small drones over people and at night, potentially giving a boost to commercial use of the machines.
The 3.2 million passengers screened Friday, Saturday and Sunday mark the only time during the pandemic that over 1 million air travelers were seen three days in a row nationwide.