The Ross Aviation FBO chain acquired Laredo Air Center in Laredo, Texas.
Aviation International News » August 2008
For Signature Flight Support to proceed with its planned acquisition of seven Hawker Beechcraft FBOs, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will require that Signature “divest assets used to provide flight support services at the Indianapolis International Airport.” Without the divestiture, the DOJ said, “the transaction, as originally proposed, would have combined the only two providers of flight support services to general aviation customers at In
The highest overall rating for jets again goes to Gulfstream. Mitsubishi takes the top spot among turboprops and Bell leads in the helicopter category.
Waco, Texas-based Servion has built new facilities and joined the Avfuel network. The newly upgraded FBO is located at Texas State Technical College Waco
Airport and offers courtesy cars, Internet access and snooze rooms for visiting
pilots and passengers.
A battle is brewing between the Million Air FBO franchising company and one of its more prominent franchisees, a group of seven Million Air FBOs owned by various companies led by Ken Allison. The FBOs, called “Jason III Aviation et al” in the lawsuits, include Million Airs in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; New Orleans and Lafayette, La.; Chicago; Asheville, N.C.; and Charleston, S.C.
Regional carriers Comair, Republic and Trans States last month announced plans to cut hundreds of jobs. Some of the biggest cuts will come from Cincinnati-based Comair, which expects to cut 300 pilot jobs and 220 flight attendant positions as the airline moves forward with plans to remove 15 percent of its flying capacity starting next month.
Avfuel dealer Choice Aviation’s new facilities are up and running at Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyo., which is less than an hour from Yellowstone National Park. Choice Aviation was founded at the end of World War II by Glenn Nielson. His grandson Jay Nielson and his father, Jim, run the FBO. The new facilities include WSI weather, satellite television, a library, relaxation rooms and lounges and free courtesy cars.
The NTSB issued safety recommendations A-08-48 and -49 on July 17 warning that pilots may decide to abort takeoffs in Bombardier Challengers if the pilots mistakenly set the pitch trim too far forward, even though the aircraft will lift off at a speed above V2 in that configuration.
Atlantic Aviation opened a new 6,000-sq-ft FBO terminal at Charleston Executive Airport in Johns Island, S.C. The new FBO terminal “incorporates the old-world features of low-country architecture and welcomes travelers with classic southern charm,” according to Atlantic Aviation. Atlantic Aviation has two FBOs in the Charleston area, at Charleston International Airport and Charleston Executive.
The first batch of Cessna Citation Mustang pilots started initial training last month at FlightSafety’s Farn-borough Learning Center. Once the sessions start in earnest the electric-motion simulator is expected to be in use for up to 20 hours a day to meet demand from European pilots transitioning to the Garmin G1000-equipped compact very light jet.