The crew of a Bombardier Global Express operated by Germany’s Triple Alpha successfully negotiated multiple operational and security challenges during a recent trip to South America. On a charter mission carrying a party of Russian energy executives, the Global Express became the first of its type to fly out of the world’s highest passenger airport, La Paz’s El Alto International.
Aviation International News » January 2009
TAG Group vice president Aziz Ojjeh and a team of four other pilots broke a
31-year-old speed record for a pole-to-pole circumnavigation of the globe in late November. The TransPolar08 crew circled the globe over the North and South Poles in a Bombardier Global Express, chopping 95 minutes off the record previously held by a Pan Am Boeing 747SP that made the trip in October 1977.
Jeffrey Ross is at the helm of an unusual conglomeration of FBOs, a quasi-chain of 12 facilities that retain their original brand names instead of adopting a common brand for the entire group.
Signature Flight Support and Avcard have implemented a contract fuel discount program at Signature FBOs in the U.S. The program started with Signature FBOs in Boston (Logan and Hanscom Field), Teterboro, White Plains, Washington Dulles and Miami. The remainder of the Signature network was expected to join the Avcard program shortly thereafter, with the exception of the Signature San Francisco and Washington, D.C. locations.
Universal Weather & Aviation has released a new version of the online UVflightplanner.com service with improved functionality. Users can now accomplish multiple tasks from one window without having to exit to another application.
Freeman Holdings, owner of five Million Air FBO franchises, has purchased the former Air America Fuel & Services FBO at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Wash., and launched operations as a Million Air facility on January 1. Freeman plans to renovate the Moses Lake facility.
On December 10, Landmark Aviation celebrated the grand opening of the FBO chain’s newly renovated FBO at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. Landmark purchased the former facility in early 2006.
The National Air Transportation Association’s new seminar series, “How to Build a More Successful FBO,” got off to a strong start with the first of the two-day meetings held on October 24 and 25 on the Carnival Cruise Lines Sensation during a voyage from Port Canaveral in Florida to Nassau, Bahamas.
The Business Jet Center FBO at Love Field in Dallas had an unusual visitor on November 12, a Cessna 206 on a nationwide tour before traveling to Papua New Guinea for medical relief operations. The float-equipped refurbished 1977 Cessna belongs to Samaritan Aviation and is named the Spirit of Paradise.
The widening and repaving project at Cobb County-McCollum Airport in Kennesaw, Ga., was completed early last month, and the runway is now 6,305 feet long and 100 feet wide. The shoulders and infield sections of the airport were also graded and additional drainage installed. For Atlanta-based flight departments and Atlanta-bound traffic, the Preferred Jet Center FBO at Cobb County offers an attractive alternative to closer-in Atlanta airports.