It’s really, really big, and as an executive transport, the giant Airbus A380–unveiled in Toulouse, France, last month– will be the biggest and most complex challenge ever to roll into an independent completion center hangar to be outfitted for executive or personal use.
Aviation International News » March 2005
The Fayette County Airport Authority (FCAA) has announced the schedule for its groundbreaking ceremony for the new General Aviation Terminal at Connellsville Airport in the heart of Fayette County, Pa. The ceremony will be held near the Taylorcraft Hangar at the airport at 2 p.m. on March 3. The new general aviation terminal building is said to be the cornerstone of the FCAA’s program to improve general aviation access to the region.
St. Louis has its fair share of big events, including last year’s World Series and the upcoming NCAA Final Four next month. Midcoast Aviation’s newly renovated FBO at St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS) has seen its measure of foot traffic. The World Series did not end happily for local fans, as the Boston Red Sox slaked an 86-year thirst for a title, defeating the hometown Cardinals in four straight games.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport (OAK) has completed the construction of a new fuel farm, incorporating 40,000 gallons of jet-A–more than three times the fixed-base operator’s previous capacity for jet fuel–and 12,000 gallons of 100LL. The new above-ground storage tanks were added to handle increased traffic to the FBO.
Jet Source completed its remodeling project last month at McClellan-Palomar Airport, Carlsbad, Calif., including fresh paint, carpet, leather furniture and the addition of solar power. Pilots will focus on the new media room designed especially for visiting crews. It features satellite TV and a DVD player running through a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound system linked to a 100-inch projection television screen.
WSI, of Andover, Mass., announced that its WSI Pilotbrief Pro system will be installed at all 41 Signature Flight Support FBOs across the U.S. Using the WSI kiosks, pilots may now store and retrieve personal weather briefing display preferences along with actual routes of flight using the new WSI Prolink account. WSI Pilotbrief Pro is installed in more than 500 locations.
With six locations in the Northeast, Groton, Conn.-based Columbia Air Services celebrates 25 years in business this year with some landmark developments. It’s new 20,000-sq-ft hangar and 6,000-sq-ft terminal building at Groton-New London Airport (GON) is already in service, and will be dedicated later this spring.
TSA Transairco has refurbished its lobby and passenger/crew lounges at Geneva Airport. The Swiss FBO runs Geneva’s original general aviation terminal on the north side of the site, competing with TAG Aviation, PrivatAir and Jet Aviation, which occupy the executive terminal at the western end of the airport.
I am sure we all recognize that working on an airport ramp is risky business, regardless of the particular job. Just being out there can put you at risk. On some ramps it appears to be a game of dodgeball, with equipment going in every direction. People walking around the ramp really have to pay attention and never just assume that the equipment driver will practice see-and-avoid.
Guy Minor, aviation safety program manager with the FAA’s Oakland Flight Standards District Office, presented Apex Aviation the 2004 Certificate of Excellence for “actively participating in the FAA Aviation Technician Training Program.” This Diamond Award marks the third consecutive year the FAA has honored Apex.