Aviation International News » January 2012

January 14, 2012 - 1:25am

Rescue organization DRF Luftrettung of Germany ordered 25 Eurocopter EC145 T2 light twins in November, thus becoming the largest customer for the new type. The contract is valued at EUR200 million ($270 million).

The aircraft will replace the DRF Luftrettung’s BK-117s. The first five red and white EC145 T2s will be delivered between December 2013 and late 2015. The remaining 20 helicopters are to be handed over in phases throughout 2022.

January 7, 2012 - 1:20am

American Eagle in November earned the ignominious distinction of becoming the first airline fined by the DOT for violating the so-called tarmac delay rule, which took effect in April. The $900,000 fine resulted from several delays resulting from fog, low visibility and thunderstorms around Chicago O’Hare International Airport on May 29. All told, 608 passengers waited for longer than the statutory maximum of three hours on 15 inbound flights.

January 7, 2012 - 12:40am

St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Airlines began flying as a US Airways Express partner on December 16, when it launched six daily flights from US Airways’ hub in Phoenix. The new three-year contact calls for SkyWest Airlines to operate some 49 flights to 19 destinations by the spring and includes an option for US Airways to switch equipment to CRJ700s.

January 7, 2012 - 12:15am

Raytheon Aircraft no longer owns part of Cheyenne, Wyo.-based Great Lakes Aviation, following the airline’s November 16 repurchase of all common stock owned by the one-time Beech 1900 manufacturer. According to Great Lakes’ third-quarter 10Q filing with the SEC, the airline entered into new financing agreements with GB Merchant Partners and Crystal Capital, allowing it to settle its obligations with Raytheon Aircraft. Terms of the financing include a four-year term loan of $24 million and a revolving loan credit facility under which the company may borrow $10 million.

January 6, 2012 - 6:00am
Over the course of 2011, Avfuel added more than  50 locations to its network of

Independent fuel supplier AvFuel closed out last year with a bang, adding six new venues to its coast-to-coast network of dealers.

Now part of the company’s network are Executive Air, at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis; Midcoast Regional Airport at Wright Army Airfield, in Hinesville, Ga.; Baer Air at Florida’s Melbourne International Airport; the San Luis Jet Center at San Luis County Regional Airport, in California; Transair Center, at Honolulu International Airport; and United States Aviation at Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma,

January 6, 2012 - 5:55am
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Landmark Aviation made its Bay Area debut last month at Oakland International Airport. The new site occupies Hangar 5 and half of hangar 3 on the airport’s North Field, which was formerly part of Kaiser Air’s FBO until its lease on those facilities expired.

January 6, 2012 - 5:40am
DhabiJet’s new crew facility at Al Bateen Executive Airport provides a flight-pl

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has finished the crew accommodations at its DhabiJet FBO at Al Bateen Executive Airport. Taking up the entire bottom floor of the facility, the crew offerings include briefing and flight-planning areas, crew lounge with satellite tv, a snooze room, meeting room, showers and a prayer room.

The FBO offers on-site immigration and customs and enough parking space to accommodate more than 100 aircraft. Al Bateen is the Middle East’s first dedicated business aviation airport.

January 6, 2012 - 5:25am
Aircraft fueling station designer U-Fuel is touting its $100,000 pre-fab self-se

U-Fuel, a provider of aircraft fueling stations, has designed a self-contained unmanned “FBO-in-a-box” concept that it says is aimed at lowering the cost of operating at small airports.

The design consists of a weatherproof steel enclosure that contains self-service pumps for various fuels, an air-conditioned lounge with restroom, as well as a meeting room with telephone, wireless Internet and vending equipment for food, beverages and aviation items.

January 6, 2012 - 5:10am
The new Legacy Jet Center at Tulsa International can house aircraft as big as th

The number of service providers at Tulsa International Airport recently increased when the new Legacy Jet Center opened. The FBO executive terminal features private pilot suites with showers, a flight-planning room with WSI, on-site customs, 24/7 concierge service, crew cars and on-site car rental.

The new FBO brings the number of service providers at the Oklahoma airport to six.

January 6, 2012 - 4:45am

Canadian fuel distributor Avjet Holding Group introduced its newly built FBO at Montreal’s Saint-Hubert Airport, the city’s second busiest business aviation hub.

The Avjet Distributions location, located parallel to the main runway, has hangar space large enough to accommodate a Bombardier Global or Gulfstream 550, along with 100,000 sq ft of ramp parking. The terminal offers a VIP lounge, a boardroom and concierge services.