Signature has confirmed that Beth Haskins, who took over as president of Signature Flight Support five years ago, will be leaving the company in September. No replacement had been selected at press time, and Haskins has not announced any further career plans. Before taking over the top spot at the big FBO chain, Haskins had served many years as the company’s CFO.
Aviation International News » July 2005
Don’t tell Albert Sotero that an FBO needs to be “sensibly Spartan” to survive. The CEO of all-new FalconTrust Air at South Florida’s Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport has set his sights high on the luxury totem pole. Sotero said, “Our mission was to provide the ultimate in pampering private aviation with record-setting levels of service, comfort, technology and luxury.”
Disgruntled neighbors of “Van Noise Airport” can blame their woes on the Communist menace. The reason Van Nuys has an 8,000-foot runway attractive to jet traffic is that in the late 1940s, U.S. Air Force generals saw the then-sleepy field as a base for jet interceptors–the better to protect the West Coast from long-range Soviet bombers attacking from Siberia.
• Incentives/disincentives in rental rates. Establish a set of incentives and disincentives through differential rental rates to encourage the greater use of quieter aircraft and less use of noisier aircraft at VNY. Rental rates for leases and tie-downs would correlate directly to the level of noise generated by the aircraft.
The Los Angeles World Airport Authority (LAWA) recently awarded a $6.5 million, three- to five-year contract to Harris Miller Miller and Hanson (HMMH) of Burlington, Mass., to conduct simultaneous FAR Part 161 (noise-control) studies at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin for certain Beech King Air F90/100/200s and Beech 99s. It details recent failures of main landing gear actuator nut assemblies (part numbers GMD115-810029-17 and -23) built by General Machine-Diecron (GMD), of Griffin, Ga. The assembly isinstalled only in aircraft thathave electrical/mechanical mainlanding gear systems.
One thing that makes air transportation great is the amount of effort that the industry puts into maintaining the safety record. Today most of our political leaders and many of our trade association leaders are quick to remind us of the outstanding accident rate we have achieved.
Fortunately, we all realize that no matter how good our record is we must constantly increase our efforts just to stay even.
With more than 15 years’ experience working on the TFE731 engine as an independent FAR 145 Repair Station, BizJet International has recently become a major service center for the Honeywell TFE731-2-3-5 and TFE731-20-40-60 engines.
The FAA has given its Diamond Award for participating in the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) trainingprogram to Banyan Air Service of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida. Walter Wilson, FAA airworthiness safety program manager, presented the award to Banyan’s president, Don Campion.
Duncan Aviation recently broke ground on a 325,000-sq-ft expansion of its 200,000-sq-ft Battle Creek facility. The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2007.