Celebrating 20 years of conservation, Mainspring Conservation Trust is hosting 20 events in 2017, including a hike in Panthertown Valley on Thursday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. that is open to the public.The moderate, three-mile hike will be led by Friends of Panthertown founding board member Mike Purdy. Mainspring and Friends of Panthertown recently partnered together to raise money for the purchase of 16 acres of private property that borders the western entrance to Panthertown Valley and Salt Rock Gap near Cashiers in Jackson County.The hike will begin on that newly acquired property and will go to Wilderness and Frolictown, stopping for lunch at scenic Granny Burrells Falls. This should be an exceptional time to view the spring blooms popping up in the valley.The hike is limited to 20 participants and costs $15 per person, which includes a boxed lunch. RSVP to Sharon Burdette at 828.524.2711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Founded in 1997, Mainspring has conserved more than 25,000 acres and connected thousands of youth to nature in the six western-most counties in North Carolina and northern Rabun County, Georgia. To view the entire list of 20-for-20 events, visit www.mainspringconserves.org.
25 September 2012South African defence equipment manufacturer Denel and Russian Helicopters, a leading international designer and manufacturer of helicopters, have signed an agreement to create a helicopter servicing hub for sub-Saharan Africa.The agreement was signed at the 7th Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria last week.Through the agreement, Denel Aviation, a division of Denel, is now the only company in sub-Saharan Africa accredited to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for models produced by Russian Helicopters.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Denel chief executive Riaz Saloojee said the agreement would significantly expand the company’s business in Africa and strengthen its position as the premier provider of MRO services on the continent.Sub-Saharan maintenance hubDenel Aviation CEO Mike Kgobe said Denel’s objective was to become the maintenance hub for most of the modern commercial and military aircraft operating in sub-Saharan Africa.“The agreement represents the culmination of a long-standing partnership between the two companies,” Kgobe said.Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov said civil aviation was a high-growth market in Africa, and that Russian Helicopters was well positioned to be a market leader on the continent for years to come.“We see great potential for our helicopters in countries across Africa, and are delighted to be working with Denel Aviation to provide a complete customer care programme for our clients on the continent,” Petrov said.Skills transferFrom October, Denel Aviation technical staff will attend an intensive training programme on the latest Russian Helicopters technology and procedures in the eastern Siberian city of Novosibirsk.This will mean that teams of Denel Aviation engineers and technicians will be deployable at short notice to perform emergency repair work on helicopters across the continent.For deeper-level MRO work, the aircraft will be transported to the company’s facilities close to OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg.“Our knowledge of the African geography and climatic conditions, and the track record of our products that have been extensively deployed in operational conditions, make us a logical partner of choice to the military and civilian markets on the continent,” Kgobe said.Russian Helicopters manufactures an extensive line-up of versatile and resilient helicopters for purposes ranging from cargo and passenger transport to medevac and search-and-rescue missions, fire-fighting, corporate transportation and offshore in the oil and gas sector.Russian Helicopters has been sole vendor of Russian-built civilian helicopters to foreign clients since consolidation of the country’s helicopter manufacturing sector was completed in 2010.Source: SANews.gov.za
A new Ohio Department of Taxation rule addresses monthly aviation fuel dealer reports. Under the rule, such reports must contain:the seller’s name and address;the seller’s tax identification number and Ohio motor fuel/aviation fuel account number;the purchaser’s name;the purchaser’s tax identification number;the the the city and state of origin of the aviation fuel;the destination of the fuel by street address;the type of fuel;the total gallons sold to Ohio airports;the number of gallons of fuel sold by product type; andthe number of gallons on which sales tax was not charged.Rule 5703-11-05, Ohio Department of Taxation, effective January 18, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
Juventus and Italy’s football defender Giorgio Chiellini has compared former teammate and Manchester United player Paul Pogba to basketball star LeBron James and sprint legend Usain Bolt.”We’ve changed players and now we are a side like any other,” Chiellini told Sky Sport in an interview in Italy. (Paul Pogba will be at his peak next season: Jose Mourinho)”We’re not used to losing and, in addition to this, we’ve lost a player like Pogba who was the LeBron James of football and, even when you didn’t notice him, he was impressive,” he added.In a separate interview with Sport Mediaset, Chiellini said, “Pogba was our Usain Bolt – – he allowed us to play in a certain way. Now we’ve changed. We’re working on it and (manager Massimiliano) Allegri is not an idiot.” (Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late goal earns Manchester United 1-1 draw vs Liverpool)Juventus are missing the highly rated midfielder who has impressed of late at United, Chiellini said.Pogba was with Juventus from 2012 to 2016, before re-joining his former club United in the summer for a world record transfer fee.
WINNIPEG – The Transportation Safety Board says ice accumulation and cargo weight led to a fatal plane crash nearly two years ago in northwestern Ontario.The pilot of the Wasaya Airways cargo flight was killed when the plane crashed less than 10 minutes after taking off from Pickle Lake, Ont., on a flight to Wapekeka, Ont., on Dec. 11, 2015.The TSB says the Cessna 208B Caravan was destroyed when it collided with trees and terrain about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont.No signal was received from the emergency locator transmitter, which was damaged during the crash, and there were no flight recording devices aboard.TSB investigators say icing conditions that exceeded the capabilities of the aircraft, exacerbated by the plane’s high takeoff weight, caused it to stall, lose control and crash.The TSB says its investigation also determined that Wasaya’s practices did not ensure that operational risks were assessed and managed appropriately.“Flying into forecast icing conditions was a company norm although four of the five Cessna 208B aircraft were prohibited from operating in these conditions,” stated the report released on Thursday.At the time of the crash, the operator had not implemented all of the mitigation strategies from a January 2015 risk assessment of operations in known or forecast icing conditions, the report said.“Consequently, pilots lacked important information and tools for sound decision-making and for safe, efficient operations,” it said.Since the crash, Wasaya conducted two safety management system investigations and has increased minimum weather requirements for flights operating under visual flight rules and improved operational flight plan procedures.