With the award of FAA certification for the GE Honda Aero Engines HF120 on Friday, “We are finalizing the HondaJet type certification schedule with the FAA based on the engine type certification achievement and will be sharing an update [later] this week,” Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino told AIN.
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Atlantic Aviation parent company Macquarie Infrastructure announced late last week that it acquired Galaxy Aviation, a Florida-based FBO chain with six facilities, for $195 million. The agreement is expected to close in the first quarter of next year, subject to government approvals.
Wheels Up plans to add Cessna Citation Excels and Sovereigns to its private aviation membership program, the company announced on Friday. The first Citations are set to become available to Wheels Up members around the end of the first quarter. Cessna is currently outfitting the first of these with Wheels Up’s blue-and-white livery and with revamped cabins providing Wi-Fi connectivity.
Signature Flight Support held the grand opening of its new FBO at Newark Liberty Airport on Friday. The 11,200-sq-ft Leed Gold-certified building occupies the site of the former terminal, which was leveled to make way for the new $11 million building.
According to Huntley Lawrence, general manager of the airport and interim deputy director of aviation for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the services provider succeeded in its promise to finish the facility and make ramp improvements before the Super Bowl on February 2.
NBAA presented its Silk Scarf Award to Jay Mesinger, CEO and founder of Mesinger Jet Sales, on Thursday “in recognition of his exemplary efforts on behalf of NBAA and business aviation.” The award honors his grassroots advocacy work, his expertise in the international arena and his strong leadership as chairman of NBAA’s Associate Member Advisory Council. Mesinger, with 37 years of experience in the aviation industry, founded Mesinger Jet Sales more than 23 years ago and has developed it into an international aircraft brokerage firm.
Although the current FAA reauthorization and federal aviation programs do not expire until September 2015, follow-on legislation is already on the radar screens of government and the aviation industry. In a House aviation subcommittee hearing last week on the state of American aviation, chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), whose district includes the FAA’s technical center in Atlantic City, noted that it took five years and 23 short-term extensions to pass the current reauthorization bill.
The San Jose City Council approved the 50-year ground lease agreement with Signature Flight Support last week for its proposed new $82 million FBO at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. The 29-acre complex will eventually be home to the service provider’s West Coast headquarters. It will be developed in conjunction with Blue City Holdings, the company that operates the aircraft of nearby Google’s executives.
Daher-Socata appointed WingsOverAsia (WOA) as a TBM 850 non-exclusive sales representative throughout Asia. As part of this partnership, WOA will exhibit a TBM 850 turboprop single at the Singapore Airshow in mid-February. During the show, WOA is organizing the Asia Aviators Gathering on February 15, bringing together the region’s general aviation sector for a “major meeting.” WingsOverAsia bills itself as a “private/executive aircraft flight support and aviation lifestyle services provider.”
Australia’s aviation authorities are allowing temporary exemptions from its ADS-B mandate, which became effective last Thursday, in certain airspace. The mandate requires all domestic and foreign aircraft to be ADS-B equipped and compliant for both private and commercial operations when flying at or above FL290 within the Australian continent. Because of the complexity of obtaining certificates and installing the required equipment on aircraft, it is permitting exemptions from Dec. 12, 2013, through Dec.
New York City-based Wheels Up launched a partnership with HeliFlite to give Wheels Up members use of that operator’s Bell 430s and Sikorsky S-76s for transfers between Manhattan and local airports such as Teterboro, White Plains and Farmingdale. Under the terms of the December 13 agreement with HeliFlite, Wheels Up members will be able to purchase time in its rotorcraft in blocks of 10 or 20 hours. HeliFlite, based at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, offers flights within a 250-mile radius of the center of Manhattan and also operates throughout Florida.
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