The aviation authority at Tampa International Airport has awarded the 20-year lease of one of its two FBOs, formerly operated by Signature Flight Support, to Landmark Aviation. Landmark edged out competitors Signature, Atlantic and Ross Aviation for the right to operate the facility, which pumps nearly two million gallons of fuel a year and houses approximately 20 aircraft.
Aviation International News » August 2011
Business aircraft operators frustrated by the lack of space, inconvenient access and uncompetitive prices at key airports in the Asia-Pacific region now have an alternative with the opening by Aviation Concepts of a new FBO at Subic Bay in the Philippines.
Opposing comments filed by the Airports Council International-North America in response to the FAA’s proposed rule calling for the adoption of safety management systems for certified airports call for the agency to delay implementing the rule, citing “serious analytical, procedural and technical concerns” of the organization and its members.
Sikorsky’s X2 technology demonstrator, a high-speed semi-compound helicopter, flew for the last time on July 14 at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla. test center, in front of a number of the manufacturer’s military and commercial customers. The sortie took place without the central hub fairing (also known as an “aero sail”), which will not be tested in flight.
A Let L-410 operated by Brazilian regional Noar Airlines crashed soon after takeoff from Recife, Brazil, on July 13, killing all 14 passengers and two pilots. The 19-seat turboprop reportedly descended steeply into a field about a mile from the end of the runway at Recife, soon after taking off for the northeastern Brazilian city of Natal.
When three Republican members of the House of Representatives introduced a 21st extension of FAA programs and funding containing a policy provision that cuts Essential Air Service (EAS) passenger subsidies to 13 airports, it set off a firestorm in Congress and inside the Beltway. Probably passengers who use the affected airports were not too happy either.
Heritage Aviation increased the size of its FBO facility at Burlington International Airport at the end of June when it acquired the former Atlantic Aviation facility there. Included in the purchase was an FBO terminal, fuel farm and three 15,000-sq-ft hangars, taking the service provider’s heated hangar space to nearly 100,000 sq ft.
Practically all Falcon 7Xs are flying again, following the EASA’s re-authorizing flights for the entire fleet on July 7, three weeks after giving the majority of the fleet the green light to return to service. The FAA followed suit and released an equivalent alternative method of compliance (Amoc) on July 8. As of July 19, only three 7Xs were still on the ground, for reasons unrelated to the pitch trim issue, according to Dassault.
Schiphol Airport’s new terminal, which will serve the needs of the more than 4,500 business jets and GA aircraft that frequent the airport annually, opened last month. Located in Schiphol-East, the new terminal replaces Building 106, which had accommodated the airport’s GA activities for the past several decades.
The General Aviation Infrastructure and Investment Coalition (GAIIC), a recently formed group of FBO operators (including most of the major domestic chains, as well as several dozen independent operators) and NATA, has met with airport authorities and congressional leaders seeking to bring standardization and stability to the FBO lease market.