New York is a demanding business environment, especially in aviation. Panorama Flight Service, an FBO/charter operator at Westchester County Airport (HPN), has been around for three generations, starting as a sightseeing operation in 1958. In 1961, the company began its charter service. Twenty years later, it opened its FBO at HPN.
Aviation International News » August 2002
Banyan Air Service president Don Campion announced earlier this year his FBO has acquired the assets and adjoining leasehold formerly owned by Cav-Air at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Executive Airport (FXE). The new real estate adds 35 acres of prime center-field area to Banyan’s existing 50 acres. Assets included in the deal were Cav-Air’s fixed-wing maintenance division, parts distribution business and line-service concession.
Earlier this year, Thunder Aviation at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) opened a new 30,000-sq-ft hangar adjacent to its terminal building. The new facility gives the FBO a total of 110,000 sq ft under roof, with more than 80,000 sq ft of aircraft storage space. Overnight hangar storage is available as are plane-side vehicle transfer, cabin cleaning service, lavatory service, ground power units, maintenance and an avionics shop.
This summer, Cutter Aviation opened its fifth FBO, this time serving Big D at Dallas Executive Airpark. Formerly Redbird Airport (RBD), Dallas Executive is a 10-minute car trip from downtown and has a 6,451-ft runway with ILS, VOR and GPS approaches. The airport has recently been upgraded with $12 million worth of runway, terminal and tower improvements.
Claiming already to represent some 1,100 professional helicopter pilots and maintenance personnel, the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) has officially opened its doors. Beginning life as part of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), the new union got its start with the organized employees of Gulf of Mexico operators Air Logistics and Petroleum Helicopters Inc.
Gary Kaufman sits in his office at the Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Airport and thinks of ways to sell all this scenery. Just a few miles away from this vest-pocket-sized airport (elevation 6,455 ft) the massive granite buttresses of the Grand Tetons rise another mile and more into the sky.
Robinson Helicopter Co. (RHC) will break ground on a 50-percent expansion of its Torrance, Calif. factory later this year. The 260,000-sq-ft combination manufacturing plant, flight-test facility and delivery center will extend westward along the south side of Torrance Airport’s Runway 11/29, adding 130,000 sq ft.
Bell Helicopter chairman and chief executive John Murphey is in the sort of corporate hotseat many top executives yearn for: command of a major corporation at the precise moment that corporation is in, if not the fight of its life, certainly some very tough times indeed.
Under the general heading of “We’re surprised it hadn’t happened sooner” comes this story from James City, Va. about a helicopter that made what may, or may not, have been an emergency landing and the trigger-happy neighbor who, convinced he was witnessing terrorist activity, took a couple of potshots at the rotorcraft with his handy assault rifle. At 8 a.m.
After years of talks, meetings, competitions, flyoffs, and negotiations, the Irish government has decided to terminate a deal to buy three Sikorsky S-92 helicopters. The news is an especially telling blow to Sikorsky because the Irish deal had been supposedly the only firm, cash-on-the-barrelhead business it had signed for its medium-lift helicopter.