ILA has doubled in size since it moved to Berlin Schoenefeld Airport from Hanover 10 years ago. Opening on May 6, this year’s event attracted 1,067 exhibitors from 40 countries (up from 941 at ILA 2000) and 340 aircraft. During the first three days 90,000 trade visitors attended the event, 6,000 more than expected.
Aviation International News » June 2002
Promising less than an hour between the telephone call and wheels up, Gulfstream announced last month that it will fly parts and, if necessary, technicians to repair warrantied aircraft that are AOG anywhere in North America and the Caribbean if “normal commercial transportation methods” cannot be used to send technical assistance or deliver urgently needed parts.
Denver mayor Wellington Webb fired up the first earthmover late last month as Denver International Airport (DEN) began construction of its sixth runway. The new 12,000- by 200-ft north-south runway was in the airport’s original plans, but was cut to save money. The airport opened in 1995.
Shut down years ago for nearby construction, the Providence (R.I.) downtown helipad has reopened for dropoffs and pickups only (no parking). Prior permission is required to use the resurfaced and remarked (but unlit) helipad on the shore of the Providence River. To make reservations, pilots should call (401) 737-4000, extension 227 or 228.
Stevens Aviation has acquired a leasehold on an existing 25,000-sq-ft hangar at Jefferson County Airport (BJC, aka Jeffco) outside Denver. The maintenance operation, which previously was limited to its 10,000-sq-ft shop, is in the process of hiring 10 more mechanics to expand its maintenance role at Jeffco.
International Water-Guard Industries of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, has signed a contract to install its circulating potable water system on a Gulfstream IV that is joining the Detroit Pistons basketball team fleet. Chief among the advantages of the system is that water is continually circulating and thus doesn’t stagnate. The company claims its system is lighter and has a smaller installation “footprint” than competing systems.
According to aviation career specialist AIR Inc., six fractional operators this year hired 447 pilots through April. Frax companies hired a total of 1,038 pilots last year, putting this year’s numbers on track for a better outlook. According to AIR Inc., no fractional pilots are on furlough, but 4,515 major airline pilots and 2,451 “national” airline pilots are.
Goodrich has relocated and expanded its wheel and brake overhaul facility in Wichita. The new facility on Pueblo Drive is 60 percent larger than its predecessor at 2000 Airport Rd., which opened in 1995. The center overhauls steel and carbon brakes for Cessna’s Citation line, Bombardier’s Learjet 45, Raytheon’s Premier I and Beech King Airs and the Pilatus PC-12.
An online poll in New Jersey Monthly magazine has apparently launched the pilots’ jungle telegraph into action. The question posed on the magazine’s Web site reads, “Despite increased air and noise pollution, should small airports such as Teterboro make efforts to renovate and expand if it will bring more money to the local economy?” At press time, 7,753 people had answered, with “yes” votes carrying a 98-percent majority.
To help prevent “identity theft,” the FAA is urging pilots who hold an airman certificate that uses their Social Security number (SSN) as their certificate number to change it to a unique number.