Upgraded: Ranger Rotorcraft Group’s Ed Bolden (The Aero-News Network)Just Call Him “Mr. President” Ranger Rotorcraft Group, Inc. has promoted Edward Bolden to President. Bolden was previously Vice President-Operations Development of Ranger Rotorcraft Group.

Pratt & Whitney Awarded Contract for Long Lead Procurements for Additional F119 Engines Pratt & Whitney was awarded a contract from the United States Air Force valued at up to $7 million for long lead material procurement to produce an additional eight F119 engines for the F-22 Raptor. The contract also includes an option for advance buy funding for long lead material procurement for up to 39 …More Bucks For The F119 (The Aero-News Network)

More Upgrades For USCG HC-130Js (The Aero-News Network)$13.25 Million Contract Options to Provide Mission Systems for the HC-130J Aircraft Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Coast Guard exercised contract options valued at $13.25 million to install mission systems aboard two additional HC-130J aircraft. Once delivered, these aircraft will complete the Coast Guard’s planned inventory of six missionized HC-130Js.

ANN’s Best Of The Breed ’08/Planes Of The Year-S/E 4+ Place Piston: Piper Matrix (The Aero-News Network)4+ Place S/E Certified GA (Piston) — Piper Matrix! Talk about a ‘d’oh!” moment… when we first heard that yet another variant of the Malibu series was coming forth from Piper, our reaction was simple… what else could they add to this amazing little airframe? And the answer is what we thought it was… NOTHING.

Kermit Weeks, creator and founder of Central Florida’s Fantasy of Flight, and a championship aerobatic pilot, has been selected as a member of the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame. Weeks was inducted into the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame recently at the society’s sixth annual induction ceremony.Fantasy of Flight Founder Inducted into Florida Aviation Hall of Fame (The Aero-News Network)