Aviation International News » February 2007

January 24, 2007 - 9:53am

Check out www.brakesoff.com for pilots’ comments on airport amenities and add a few of your own. An entry about the Reading, Pa. airport: “Wings are back at Reading!!! For those who missed flying in for wing night at the old restaurant, Malibooz has brought them back.

January 24, 2007 - 9:51am

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is replacing its annual convention with two new conferences. The FBO Leadership Conference will be held at the same time and place as was planned for the annual convention, March 19 to 22 in Orlando, Fla., and still coincident with the exhibits at the Aviation Industry Expo show (to be held from March 20 to 22).

January 24, 2007 - 9:49am

See www.flightsafety.org/damagecalculator for a new model for estimating the cost of ground accidents. The cost model is the Flight Safety Foundation’s first tool in its Ground Accident Prevention program and it includes direct and indirect costs. The tool should help operators reduce the cost of ground accidents.

January 24, 2007 - 9:47am

Bloomington-Normal Central Illinois Regional Airport is home to Platinum Jet Center BMI’s new FBO, which opened in October. The FBO’s 20,000-sq-ft heated hangar “is the largest hangar in the Midwest,” said vice president and general manager David Schlentner, and is tall enough to accept a BBJ. The FBO is owned by Executive Flight Management and features a pilot lounge, business center, customer offices, a training room and Chevron fuel.

January 24, 2007 - 9:44am

The Environmental Protection Agency’s final amendments on spill prevention, control and countermeasures (SPPC) have been issued but still might generate some confusion in the aviation service industry.

January 24, 2007 - 9:42am

The new FBO at Roseburg Regional Airport in Oregon is Ocean Air Aviation, which took over FBO services at the airport from Wingnuts Flying Services. Roseburg is Ocean Air’s second FBO, joining the company’s facility in North Bend, Ore., and “we’re looking at three more FBOs now,” said Denise Langerveld, wife of Ocean Air founder Ed Langerveld.

January 24, 2007 - 9:40am

Bell Helicopter last month celebrated the 40th anniversary of its popular 206 model. More than 4,800 206Bs and 1,700 206Ls have been produced since the introduction of the 206A JetRanger on Jan. 13, 1967. “We are currently developing the latest upgrade kit for the 206L that will improve its performance, boost payload and reduce direct operating costs,” 206 program director Dorith Hakim said.

January 24, 2007 - 9:39am

A new FBO, Capital City Jet Center, recently opened at Bolton Field Airport near Columbus, Ohio. The company is now the sole full-service FBO at the field, according to Doug Blakely, director of marketing and sales. Formed after purchasing the physical assets of CMH Aviation and Bolton Flying Service, Capital City Jet Center opened a new lobby in the airport’s terminal building.

January 24, 2007 - 9:34am

Helsinki, Finland-based operator Copterline in late December filed a lawsuit in the U.S. against Sikorsky, accusing the Stratford, Conn.-based helicopter manufacturer of negligence. Copterline alleges Sikorsky knew that the design of the main rotor servo actuator of the S-76 was unsafe but did not take proper action. The lawsuit further alleges “breaches of warranties, negligence, gross negligence and failure to warn.

January 24, 2007 - 9:32am

Liberty Air Ventures has signed a 20-year lease for eight acres on the southwest quadrant of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, where it plans to build a new FBO to serve piston and jet traffic. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this month, and construction should be complete in July or August, according to Liberty Air president Mary Pilgrim.