FBO Manager software has been recertified to honor ExxonMobil credit cards. Since August 2000, ExxonMobil card customers used traditional phone lines for their transactions. The new system supports all the cards’ features, including the company’s new Pilots Rewards Plus loyalty program.
Aviation International News » May 2005
Truman Arnold Companies announced the addition of Knoxville to its TAC Air FBO network. The Texarkana, Texas-based chain now has 11 FBOs across the U.S. Located on the McGhee Tyson Airfield for more than three decades, the new facility has three large hangars, three rows of T hangars, and plane ports.
The New Jersey State Police would like to permanently relocate one of the state’s medevac helicopter units to Somerset Airport (SMQ), near the middle of the northern half of the Garden State. But Bedminster township committeeman Kurt Joerger vehemently opposes relocating the helicopter to his district from the roof of a Newark hospital.
Guardian Jet Center has completed construction of its new terminal at Ontario International Airport (Calif.). The new facility added 5,500 sq ft of operating space to the existing 46,000 sq ft of hangar and office area. Amenities include an improved passenger lounge, a conference room, a larger flight-planning area with real-time computer weather service, a large full-service galley, a crew exercise center and sleeping quarters.
August Palmer, a selectman in Oxford, Conn., opposes adding approach lights to the master plan at the town’s Waterbury-Oxford Airport. He maintains the landing aids would add noise and light pollution to the area. Airport officials and local pilots disagree, saying the lights would add safety. David Head, supervising planner for the DOT, said, “It enhances pilot reference during low visibility.
One of the cornerstones of aviation is trust. Because it has been part of our foundation for so long, we don’t even think about it; it is just there. The rules that we operate under also assume that all airmen will be trustworthy individuals and will follow both the published rules and the spirit and intent of those rules.
“To understand why Midcoast Aviation’s Perryville, Mo. operation is such a strong force in the Learjet MRO sector requires an understanding of our history,” Ron Herman, vice president of operations for Midcoast Aviation Perryville, told AIN. “Today’s operation is built upon the Sabreliner business that started here when Rockwell International was building Navy and Air Force T-39 trainer jets.”
Aviation Partners has named Penta Aviation Services, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, a Hawker 800 blended winglet installation center. The company joins West Star Aviation (Grand Junction, Colo.); Duncan Aviation (Lincoln, Neb. and Battle Creek, Mich.); and Wing Aviation (Conroe, Texas).
Gulfstream Aerospace announced that it will divide its Appleton, Wis. facility into three separate units. The first unit, which will retain the Gulfstream name, will focus on the final phase of manufacturing (completion) of Gulfstream business jets.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is asking the entire aviation community to call their Congressional representatives and ask for their support of House Resolution 586 (108th Congress).