Category Archives: Aviation History

Former Beech and Cessna chief dies at 91

As an engineer, Max Bleck has always been fascinated with machines and this passion brought him places including the seat of the president in the four biggest aircraft manufacturing companies in the world – Beech, Cessna, Piper Aircraft and Raytheon Co. With nearly fifty years on his sleeve in the aircraft industry, Black was the most sought-after leader- trusted by his peers, respected by his companions, and acknowledged by the industry. In 1961, Bleck began his journey as a chief engineer for Cessna’s Wallace division and climbed his way up until he was named vice president for operations. Because of his...

Women Impacting the Aviation Industry

Historically, one of the most memorable female names in the world of aviation has always been Amelia Earhart, and in today’s modern aviation industry women continue to make history and break barriers in all fields of aviation. Whether they are managing one of the most time-efficient airline operations in the world, becoming the first black, female Airline Transport pilot for helicopters in South Africa, or advancing the field of aerospace engineering, women all across the world are having a positive impact on the aviation industry. Take Lindie Bruyns for example, the 30 year old operations manager for FlySafair, a low-cost airline...

History of Helio

Knisley Welding caters to the aircraft exhaust system for some of Helio’s aircrafts. Let’s take a look into the brief history of Helio and how it has come about, how it has contributed to the aircraft industry, and how it is doing now.

The Foundation of Helio Aircraft

Otto Koppen and Lynn Bollinger founded Koppen-Bollinger Aircraft Corporation in 1948. They were to concentrate in developing light short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircrafts. The venture was renamed as Helio Aircraft Corporation in the early 1950s when they started manufacturing the Helio Courier.

The fight over Helio Courier

General Aircraft Corporation bought Helio Aircraft in 1969....

Bell Aircraft History

Knisley Welding caters to the aircraft exhaust system for some of Bell’s aircrafts. Let’s take a look into the brief history of Bell aircraft and how it has come about, how it has contributed to the aircraft industry, and how it is doing now.   Bell Aircraft Corporation was a US aircraft manufacturer that is known for creating the first ever supersonic aircraft, the Bell X-1. Bell Aircraft has built numerous fighter aircrafts for World War II, as well as different types of civilian and military helicopters. Bell Aircraft was bought by Textron in 1960 and is now known as Bell Helicopter.

Bell Aircraft’s...

History of Partenavia

Knisley Welding caters to the aircraft exhaust system for some of Partenavia’s aircrafts. Let’s take a look into the brief history of Partenavia and how it has come about, how it has contributed to the aircraft industry, and how it is doing now.

Foundation of Partenavia

Partenavia was formed as Partenavia Construzioni Aeronautiche in 1957 by Naples University Professor Luigi Pascale. Professor Pascale himself designed and flew some Partenavia aircrafts. Pascale bought a factory in Arzano that same year. In 1959, Partenavia became a limited company. The P. 57 Fachiro is Partenavia’s first major aircraft. The P. 57 Fachiro is a four-seater high-wing...

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