Aviation International News » February 2012

February 6, 2012 - 5:10am

RAS Completions has expanded its niche with the opening of RAS Interior. The expansion includes new workshops and design offices.

Among the more recent projects was the full interior refurbishment of a Citation that included new carpets, refurbished seat upholstery, new sheepskin crew-seat covers and some refurbishment of the interior cabin shell. The aircraft also got new exterior paint.

February 6, 2012 - 4:35am

With support from StandardAero’s Springfield, Ill. completion facility, Associated Air Center of Love Field, Texas, has won a supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of an Aircell ATG 5000 wireless Internet package on a Boeing 757-200.

“In-flight connectivity is critical to manage the lightning-fast pace under which today’s global businesses operate,” said Associated v-p and general manager Troy Jonas.

February 6, 2012 - 4:25am

Shell has announced three new additions to its FBO network. Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg, W.Va., and Summit Aviation in Middleton, Del., both former Exxon customers, along with Richmond Jet Center in New Bern, N.C. have joined the more than 400 FBOs in the provider’s network.

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Avfuel has added Hoosier Aviation (previously the Terre Haute Air Center) located at Indiana’s Terre Haute International Airport/Hulman Field, and the TMA Group, the sole provider at Cambridge Municipal Airport in Cambridge, Nebraska as branded dealers.

February 6, 2012 - 4:15am

Stories about organic light-emitting diode (Oled) monitors began to sprout about five years ago. Since then, the technology has advanced, albeit slowly, as the screens began appearing on smartphones and tablets and cabin control devices. Now, LG Electronics has launched a 55-inch Oled television panel, and it won’t be long before someone will have it certified for installation on business jets.

February 6, 2012 - 4:05am

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded more than $2 million in state funds to Macon County Airport (1A5) in Franklin. The funds will be used to rebuild the aircraft parking ramp. Richard Walls, the state’s aviation director, said the improvement–along with a recently completed runway extension–will help serve the airport’s future needs. According to state accounting, the airport, which sees approximately 25 operations a day, has a total impact of nearly $8 million a year and supports more than 120 jobs.

February 6, 2012 - 3:55am

Hangar 10, the newest FBO at Kansas City’s Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, was named as the recipient of the Keystone Recognition Award by the Clay County Economic Developmental Council for its contribution to the local community in terms of job creation, expansion and capital development. The 55,000-sq-ft facility, which was completed in 2010, earned a top-10 ranking in AIN’s FBO Survey last year.

February 6, 2012 - 3:35am
texas jet vip terminal

After constructing two hangars totaling nearly 44,000 sq ft last year, Fort Worth Meacham International Airport-based service provider Texas Jet has expanded its operations again with the acquisition of neighboring FBO Fort Worth Flight Support (formerly Phazar Flight Support). The purchase adds two hangars and an executive terminal that will serve as the facility’s new private terminal, according to Texas Jet president Reed Pigman. The FBO–which fuels approximately 10,000 private turbine aircraft a year–now operates 22 hangars at Meacham, totaling more than 400,000 sq ft.

February 6, 2012 - 3:25am

Asserting that growth is limited by its being part of a governmental agency, the Tupelo Airport Authority has issued a request for proposals from private operators to manage Tupelo Aviation Unlimited, the airport-owned FBO at the Mississippi airport. Once the bid process closes on February 10, the airport authority will establish a selection committee to review proposals and ensure that Tupelo chooses the best candidate. The length of the management contract is five years, by the end of which the authority’s goal is to be completely out of the FBO business.

February 6, 2012 - 3:05am

Grand Rapids-based FBOs Northern Air and Rapid Air have filed a Part 16 complaint with the FAA against the Gerald R. Ford International Airport and the Kent County Aeronautics Board charging the panel with discrimination and the violation of the airport’s 2004 master plan and its 2005 minimum standards.

February 6, 2012 - 2:55am
Boundary Bay Airport

In an effort to distinguish itself from Alpha Aviation, its airport operator parent company, the FBO at Boundary Bay Airport has changed its name to Boundary Bay Air Services. The Air BP-branded facility offers 6,000 sq ft of hangar, with another 20,000 sq ft under construction and expected to be completed this summer. The 3,500-sq-ft executive terminal offers VIP and pilot lounges, on-site customs clearance, a conference room, crew shower facilities, flight planning, courtesy car and concierge service.

 
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