Grand Rapids, Mich. FBO Rapid Air held a grand opening of its newly renovated facility in late February. Rapid Air features a passenger lounge with locally made Herman Miller furniture and a Dutch Douwe Egbert coffee bar, theater room with surround sound, pilot snooze room, private shower, and conference room with audio-visual and teleconferencing capability.
Aviation International News » April 2008
Tucson has a strong aviation tradition. It built the nation’s first municipal airport in 1919. During World War II the 16,000-acre, then-municipal airport became Davis-Monthan AFB. After the war, a new civilian airport was established south of the city, the current site of Tucson International Airport.
Plenty of A-list celebrities fly through Farnborough, but the British airport is set to get a serious dusting of Hollywood glitz when it features in the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, which is set for release in November. During January, TAG Aviation’s Farnborough facilities were used for two days of filming that saw several chartered business jets brought in to be used in action sequences.
The UK government has approved an increase in weekend movements at London-area Farnborough Airport. On March 13, TAG Aviation won its appeal against an earlier local government decision not to allow an increase from 2,500 to 5,000 movements on weekends and public holidays.
Airworthiness Directives (ADs) were in the news as I was writing this article as a major airline has admitted that it failed to comply with the ADs on a considerable number of aircraft. (See story on page 14 about the penalty imposed on Southwest.) Major media outlets have given the story a great deal of attention, providing the public a look into the world of maintenance and, according to one reporter, scaring some passengers to death.
Metrojet pioneered business aviation services in Hong Kong and is one of the earliest private business aircraft operators in Asia. It has decided to extend its maintenance offerings to all operators to ensure the continued growth of business aviation in the region.
Blackhawk Modifications acquired a new product development facility in Elizabethtown, N.C. The new hangar on Curtis Brown Field will host a team of experts to expand Blackhawk’s portfolio of FAA-approved STCs.
Eclipse Aviation announced the opening of its third service center during a ceremony at Albany International Airport in late February.
The 42,800-sq-ft facility encompasses eight maintenance bays in 30,000 sq ft of hangar space and also houses storage, tooling and customer service areas. Construction on the $8 million facility began in October 2005 and it received operational approval and certification from the FAA on February 25.
In response to increasing demand for services from general and corporate aviation customers, Arinc Direct has expanded and relocated its Scottsdale, Ariz. aircraft service and maintenance operations.
Bombardier Aerospace continues to expand its fast growing worldwide support network, adding two new Challenger 300 service facilities in North America.