Crossroads Aviation planned to break ground last month on an energy-saving multimillion-dollar “green” FBO building at Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Minneapolis. “It’s going to be the most green facility ever built in the United States,” said Rodney Botts, director of business development for the FBO.
Aviation International News » August 2006
The small airport of St. Gallen-Altenrhein in eastern Switzerland is using fly-in banking to attract more well heeled travelers. Cdr. Bud Slabbaert, who is in charge of business aviation development at Altenrhein, said the appeal of the airport is that it does not have the slot problems, crowding or delays that plague larger airports.
At busy Manassas Regional Airport near Washington, D.C., FlightWorks has opened its third hangar/office facility for charter and aircraft management customers. Billed as private and secure for aircraft owners, the $3.5 million Manassas FlightWorks facility features 30,000 sq ft of hangar space, 10,000 sq ft for offices and 11 private garages where aircraft management customers can park their cars during trips.
ADT has developed and is testing a private aircraft security system known as Aviation Pass. The system sends out an alarm if an equipped airplane is moved by anyone not authorized to do so.
A radio frequency-based identification (RFID) tag is installed in the aircraft and an associated RFID card (perhaps in the form of a key fob) is issued to everyone authorized to have access to the aircraft, including an FBO if the owner chooses.
Everywhere we look in aviation today we can see long overdue signs of an economic recovery and return to the good old days. However, if you look beyond the obvious indicators, you will see clues that in the future our industry will not look the same as it did five years ago.
It’s an axiom of the industry that “to make a small fortune in aviation, start with a big fortune.” So far that has not been the case for the owners of Springfield, Ohio-based Spectra Jet.
For the third consecutive year, Raytheon Aircraft’s repair station trained 100 percent of its participants. This year a greater number of awards were presented than in previous years, with six individuals receiving Diamond awards, 13 receiving Ruby awards, 42 Gold, 87 Silver and 50 Bronze.
Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport hosted a celebration lunch for its avionics and maintenance technicians on May 24 in honor of Aviation Maintenance Technician Day. The date is recognized in 30 states in memory of Charles Taylor, the mechanic who built the engine for the Wright Flyer.
The FAA has awarded members of the avionics team at Pentastar Aviation its Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Award. The company is located at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford, Mich. The AMT Award recognizes excellence in continuing technical training. The department also received the FAA’s Diamond Award, the program’s highest-level award. It is the department’s third Diamond Award.
Yingling Aviation, located on Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, has completed its first RVSM-compliant modification of a Cessna turboprop on a 1979 Conquest II equipped with the Sperry 1000 integrated flight control system. The equipment installation will allow the airplane, which has a service ceiling of 35,000 feet, to operate in RVSM airspace between FL290 and FL410.