Pentastar Aviation has developed an articulating yoke mount for the Apple iPad. Once secured, the iPad can be adjusted for viewing in portrait or landscape orientation. Pentastar Senior Inventor & Machinist Kim Groomes created the mount. First production units are expected to be available for installation in July, pending STC approval. Availability for installation in Gulfstream aircraft is expected this summer and for additional models beginning later this year.
Harold Curtis died on May 23. He was 90. Born in New York City, Curtis grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Manhattan School of Aviation Trades, later working at various aviation jobs (washing, cleaning and polishing) at Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field in exchange for flying lessons. Prior to WWII Curtis worked as an engine mechanic for Pan Am at the Marine Air Terminal at LGA (La Guardia, New York NY). When the US entered WWII he became a flight instructor at the Royal Air Force training base at Clewiston FL. After the war ended Curtis flew amphibious charter flights from Florida to the Bahamas and Caribbean, later flying a DC3 on the Florida–Puerto Rico airlift.
Curtis was later recruited for the Anaconda Mining Corp, which had acquired a surplus Grumman Goose to support its exploration efforts in Brazil. During the ferry flight to Brazil Curtis and his airplane were detained for several days in Cuba and Haiti while local revolutions were in progress. He spent the next 4 years flying Anaconda engineers on their gold and lead exploration in the remote areas of Brazil, Venezuela and what was then British Guiana.
In 1950 Harold Curtis established the National Distillers flight department, based at TEB. Among the corporate aircraft he managed were a Douglas B23, 2 Lockheed Super Venturas, 3 Gulfstream Is, a JetStar, a Falcon 20, a Hawker 400, 2 GIIs and finally a GIII.
Commanding the 1982 flight of National Distillers' GIII "Spirit of America" on its record-breaking flight around the world was the culmination of Curtis's long and distinguished career as a corporate department manager. The around-the-world flight racked up a total of 47 hrs 38 min 41 sec.
Harold Curtis was the first chairman of NBAA's Intl Operations Committee. He also became a member of "ye Anciente and Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen." When he retired in 1982, Curtis remarked, "Imagine being paid for something you love to do. These have been fabulous years, flying the best equipment to some of the best destinations ... while flying for the very best company."
Ed King died on Jun 3 at the age of 90. Born on his parents' farm near Jetmore KS, King graduated from Kansas State University in engineering. He is best known for founding King Radio Corp in 1959. Eventually, the company employed thousands of workers who developed and produced world-class navigation and communication equipment for all types of GA aircraft, from piston-powered singles to business jets.
In 1985, King sold King Radio to Allied Signal/Bendix Aerospace and retired. However, in 1991 he joined with his son Ed King III and other family members in another entrepreneurial venture—the King Estate Winery near Eugene OR. The company later grew to become one of Oregon's largest wineries.
In 2003, NBAA's board of directors recognized King's accomplishments by presenting him with a special NBAA First Century of Flight Award.
"Ed King was one of the most important figures in the development of modern avionics," says NBAA Pres & CEO Ed Bolen. "His vision and entrepreneurial spirit helped establish and advance the state of the art for onboard electronics."
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