Dassault Falcon Jet appointed two new authorized service centers in South Africa and reached agreement with a third company to provide support in Turkey. Bhakari Aviation and ExecuJet South Africa, both located at Lanseria International Airport, will provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance support, transient service, troubleshooting, AOG support and basic inspections.
Aviation International News » August 2008
Buoyed by its Bell and Cessna properties, Textron reported second-quarter profits up 23 percent from the same period last year, chairman, president and CEO Lewis Campbell announced last month. Pointing to a backlog of 1,638 business jets at Cessna, Textron reaffirmed its outlook for the remainder of this year and forecast a solid market for the Citation line through 2011.
The Transportation Security Administration’s previously announced plans to require all operators of aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds to adhere to the TSA’s large aircraft security program is back at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.
Rob Garrett is not out to take on the large FBOs that populate many of
the nation’s airports. Rather, the former housewares entrepreneur wants to entice corporate and Part 135 operators to base their airplanes at his Arcadia Aviation FBOs, now located at Martinsburg Eastern West Virginia/Shepherd Field (MRB) and Sullivan County International (MSV) Airport in Monticello, N.Y.
Landmark Aviation has added Jimsair Aviation Services, located at San Diego International Airport, to its network of FBOs. The acquisition brings the number of Landmark FBOs to 42, with locations in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe. In March, Encore FBO, GTCR Golder Rauner and Platform Partners acquired Landmark Aviation’s Airport Services division from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.
Middle East FBO activity is accelerating, with a United Arab Emirates company planning to build an FBO at the new Al Maktoum International Airport and an Abu Dhabi company announcing plans to convert a former military airport into the region’s first dedicated executive airport.
Once a month during the hot Texas summer, Business Jet Center’s Dallas
Swedish cargo operator Nord-Flyg has launched a Q400 PF (Package Freighter) program with Canada’s Cascade Aerospace using two of the Bombardier turboprops previously owned by SAS. Abbotsford, British Columbia-based Cascade also signed a letter of intent to convert another three Q400s for Nord-Flyg. The Swedish airline plans to use the airplanes for overnight package delivery in Europe, according to Bombardier.
Fuel provider Air BP is offering an online training program for FBOs in the company’s USGA dealer network. The training was developed by Air BP and Aerostudies of Edmonton, Canada. Courses are designed to train FBO line service and customer service employees, using graphics, real-world scenarios, testimonials and day-to-day situations that they might encounter.
Renovations are complete at the Million Air Victorville at Southern California Logistics Airport. The facility features a 10,000-sq-ft terminal with pilot lounge, theater, flight-planning room, coffee bar, café and quiet rooms. The airport is about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles and offers a 15,050-foot runway, the second longest in the U.S.