David “Bruce” Johnson has been appointed director of the FAA’s Air Traffic Service (ATS) division, with Linda Schuessler as his deputy director. Johnson replaces Bill Peacock, who retired May 2 after 30 years with the FAA. Schuessler takes over from Jeff Griffith, who retired late last year.
Aviation International News » June 2003
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) claims that a shortage of full-performance level (FPL) controllers at the Chicago Tracon–the nation’s third-busiest approach control facility–has brought the level of safety below an “acceptable” level, and the union has asked the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to intervene.
Early last month ChevronTexaco’s general aviation division announced it would join with distributor Hiller Group to expand its marketing territory into the Midwest
A recent innovation at Jet Systems/Avitat at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., is the customer commissary van. The commissary van is the brainchild of Jet Systems president Mike Dolphin, a veteran corporate pilot who recognized the need.
The Jet Center Aviation Group recently announced it has signed a long-term lease with the airport authority at Jacksonville (Fla.) International Airport and will build a new FBO there. The facility will be the fourth for the small Florida chain, which also has facilities at Hollywood International, Miami International and Daytona Beach International Airports.
Originally planned as a parallel runway, the new 4,300-foot strip at Salina Airport, Kan., is now offset by one magnetic degree from the main Runway 17-35 and has an expected commission date of June 30. Now oriented as Runway 18-36, the new VFR, daytime runway is meant as a reliever for the airport’s extensive training operations conducted by Kansas State University’s Salina College of Technology and Aviation.
TAG Aviation USA has purchased Signature Flight Support’s charter sales network based at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., a business unit Signature acquired when it bought the AMR Combs chain in the late 1990s. Inquiries for charters at Signature’s more than 40 locations throughout the U.S. will still be referred to the California location for fulfillment. Under Signature, the flights were booked on a variety of charter providers.
In its second acquisition of a Sabreliner division in less than a month, the UK’s BBA Group plans to purchase the Midcoast Aviation FBO at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. In late April BBA acquired Sabreliner’s Premier Turbines major engine overhaul and maintenance business.
Nine U.S. and two non-U.S. companies that signed up to be distributors of the SJ30-2 are suing Sino Swearingen for damages after receiving a letter from the San Antonio-based company informing all 22 worldwide distributors that their current agreements with the company are no longer valid and giving them rights of first refusal to reapply as distributors under much stricter arrangements.
As the month of May came to a close, a team of Boeing engineers were putting the finishing touches to a one-of-a-kind flying machine at an outpost of that company’s “Phantom Works” just outside the sun- and sand-blasted southwestern Arizona town of Yuma.