SheltAir Aviation Services has opened a new FBO–the 12th in its network–at Georgia’s Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. The new FBO is located in a temporary facility in a 1,400-sq-ft office space attached to a 13,000-sq-ft hangar north of the Gulfstream maintenance facility. Construction began last year on SheltAir’s new 7,000-sq-ft FBO terminal, which should be completed early in the second quarter.
AINalerts » March 24, 2009
Examination of wreckage from the March 12 crash of a Cougar Helicopters S-92 prompted manufacturer Sikorsky to recommend the grounding of all S-92s last Friday unless their titanium main gearbox oil bowl mounting studs had already been replaced with steel ones.
Daher Socata is launching a TBM 850 co-ownership program dubbed, “Fly And Share your TBM” (Fast), with guaranteed operational availability for owner-pilots. For each one-third share of the single-turboprop business aircraft, 100 days of availability (meaning a maximum of 22 days of maintenance downtime) per year is guaranteed. Devised for two or three co-owners, the program calls for the partners to agree on time sharing.
Seven adults and seven children aboard a Pilatus PC-12 (N128CM) were killed when the turboprop single crashed at approximately 3 p.m. local time on Sunday while on approach to Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Mont. The group was reportedly headed from California to Bozeman, Mont., for a skiing trip, but the pilot diverted to Butte for an unspecified reason.
Hawker Beechcraft yesterday tapped industry veteran Bill Boisture Jr. as its new chairman and CEO. He succeeds Jim Schuster, who announced his pending retirement in November after eight years at the helm of the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer.