Privately owned asset management company Black Forest Ventures has purchased the Galaxy Air Services FBO at Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, Texas. One of three providers on the Houston-area county-owned airport, Galaxy was created in 2006, and its new owners plan to move it to a larger facility currently under construction on the southeast side of the airport, near the end of Runway 14-32. Black Forest was selected after a formal RFP process to create a new FBO at the airport, and was awarded a 40-year lease on the new 15-acre site.
Aviation International News » January 2013
AirQuest Aviation is a fixed-base operation 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Butler County, Pa. It offers charter, FAR Part 61 flight training, aircraft management services and Part 145 maintenance, repair and overhaul for piston singles through midsize jets.
Mid-Canada Mod Center of Toronto recently installed a Universal Avionics FMS upgrade in Advanced Aerospace Solutions’s Piaggio Avanti human-factors research platform. The new FMS allows AdvAero test pilots to fly LPV Rnav global navigation satellite system approaches. Other FMS features include dedicated direct-to function, FMS heading function, PVOR tracking, Vnav and user-defined holding patterns. The installation also added an LP/LPV monitor, which “provides monitoring and positioning information for Rnav (GNSS) approaches with LPV minimums,” according to Universal Avionics.
Supermarine. For aviation aficionados the name brings to mind sleek Spitfires knifing through the sky, and that’s precisely the imagery that spawned the name of the FBO at the recently renamed Bill and Hillary Clinton International Airport in Little Rock, Ark. Company founder David Price once owned a pair of the legendary World War II fighters, best known for their staunch defense against the Nazis during the Battle of Britain.
Galley inserts supplier Aerolux has come under new management following the passing of founder and owner Ken Metcalfe in June.
A leadership team headed by new chairman and CEO Tony Robinson includes Rob Shelton. Both men come from a long tenure with UKIP Media & Events and the Aircraft Interiors Expo, which Robinson founded.
While Hawthorne Global Aviation might be one of the newest FBO brands in the field, in its DNA it is also one of the oldest. The Hawthorne name has been involved in aviation since the early 1930s and the company’s chain of service locations was purchased in 1998 by the Carlyle Group to form the bones of what is now Landmark Aviation.
Aviation Training Academy (ATA) has launched an online training course intended for FBOs, corporate flight departments, municipalities or anyone else involved with aviation fueling operations. The curriculum includes topics such as specifications and distribution of aviation fuels, procedures for receiving a bulk fuel delivery, aviation fuel filtration, quality control and testing, fuel-farm maintenance and operation, ramp safety and fire training. Cost of the course, which is available through the company’s website, is $395.
Custom Control Concepts has been selected by L-3 Platform Integration in Waco, Texas, to provide high-definition entertainment and cabin management systems in a head-of-state 747-8 project.
The Kent, Wash. supplier is expected to design and manufacture almost all of the highly customized components. The entire system when complete will be laid out and bench tested before delivery. The contract marks the latest collaboration between L-3 and CCC in a series of bizliner interior outfitting jobs.
More than a month after October’s Hurricane Sandy, some airports in the Northeast continued to repair the damage left in the “superstorm’s” wake.
Wingspan Systems has announced RampTrack, a new ground accident avoidance system intended to help prevent ramp and hangar accidents by tracking aircraft on the ground and issuing a warning if they are at risk of striking a building, aircraft, vehicle or person. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Banyan Air Service will be the launch customer. The system uses redundant sensors, intelligent software and visual and aural alarms to reduce the chance of hangar rash due to contact with toolboxes or ground tugs while relocating or taxiing aircraft.