PrivatAir’s Paris Le Bourget FBO has completed ISO 9001-2000 quality certification. The executive aircraft handling operation, which trades under the name PrivatAir France, has been approved on the basis of the quality-management system it introduced in August using a model launched by PrivatAir at its Geneva base in 1998.
Aviation International News » January 2003
Raytheon Aircraft revealed five new executive appointments, the third reshuffling of senior manage-ment designed to improve the company’s business and customer support since James Schuster became chairman and CEO in mid-2001. The changes fall in the midst of a significant decrease in sales and deliveries.
The FAA has selected Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) to test high-intensity laser lights designed to prevent runway and taxiway incursions. The lights are one of seven projects under way nationwide to help control ground traffic at airports. The lights are designed to augment the four yellow “hold” lines painted on the pavement. In poor visibility, the lasers make the lines stand out more prominently.
Galaxy Aviation at Orlando (Fla.) International Airport (MCO) is planning construction of a new hangar/office complex. Plans call for a 25,000-sq-ft hangar with 5,000 sq ft of office/shop space. The $3 million facility has tenant space available and will complete customer offices and shops to suit. Galaxy Aviation also has facilities in Florida, including West Palm Beach, Stuart and Boca Raton (dba Boca Aviation).
Opened in 1997, Thunder Aviation at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in Chesterfield, Mo., recently completed a 39,000-sq-ft storage hangar. The new hangar includes 9,000 sq ft of office space that can be tailored to the needs of tenants. With the new addition, the FBO now has more than 100,000 sq ft under roof. Thunder offers maintenance and avionics service to aircraft of all sizes, as well as hangar storage for based corporate customers.
Located on the east side of the airport, the Wisconsin Aviation FBO at Dane County Municipal Airport (MSN) in Madison, Wis., held an opening ceremony for its new terminal last month. The $2.5 million, 15,000-sq-ft facility has a large lobby, pilot briefing room, lounge, administration offices and a restaurant with a clear view of the ramp, runways and flight line.
On November 28 a third runway with Cat IIIa ILS approaches at both ends became operational at Helsinki-Vantaa (Finland) Airport. Capacity at the airport is expected to double after terminal operations move to a site between the two main parallel runways. With the new runway, the airport can handle up to 50 operations per hour. Plans to move the operations center are being evaluated, based on traffic flow.
Columbia Aircraft Services expects to break ground this month on a new 20,000-sq-ft storage hangar at its Groton, Conn. (GON) facility. “We have commitments for all the space. It’s already full,” Columbia founder and president Art Maurice told AIN. Later this year, the maintenance, avionics and sales specialist plans to begin construction on a new 5,000-sq-ft terminal building.
The newest FBO at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Executive Airport (FXE) is Aztec Jet Center, already well known for its charter, sales and management operations. At press time, Aztec planned a New Year’s opening for the FBO segment of its business, located on the northeast quadrant of the airport. The new facility has a passenger lobby and reception area, flight-planning and weather room and a pilot lounge with snooze rooms.
The Transportation Security Administration has partnered with AOPA to set up a nationwide airport-watch system. Key to the system is a 24/7 toll-free hotline for private pilots to report suspicious activity to the TSA. The hotline, which became effective in late November, is (866) 427-3287. Calls to the hotline go to the National Response Center, which already fields emergency calls for 19 other federal agencies.