Cessna 208 Caravan, Yucaipa, Calif., March 29, 2006–Cessna Aircraft Western and Canada regional sales manager Steve O’Neill and Rick Voorhis, president of Pacific Aircraft Sales, were en route to Ontario, Calif., in the Caravan when it crashed in a mountainous area about 25 miles west of Palm Springs. Both men were killed. Witnesses said the low-flying airplane appeared to be having engine trouble.
Aviation International News » May 2006
Special slot procedures will be in place at about 20 German airports during the World Cup soccer tournament, which runs from June 9 to July 9. About 60 games are being hosted in Berlin, Hamburg, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund, Leipzig, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Hannover and Kaiserslautern and are expected to draw a significant number of corporate aircraft to airports in and around these cities.
DuPage has 10.8 million sq ft of pavement, including runways, taxiways, ramp area, roads and parking lots. When it snows, field crews clear an area equivalent to 102 miles of two-lane road. According to Michael Masciola, director of business development and marketing for the DuPage Airport Authority, the airport has won numerous awards for its snow removal prowess.
“Without a doubt, DuPage Airport [DPA] is the premier corporate aviation airport in the Midwest–both land and air side,” David Bird, executive director of the DuPage Airport Authority (DAA) in West Chicago, told AIN. “It’s not idle boasting; we can facilitate air traffic and still be a good neighbor in the community. Those are two key ingredients in the success of any airport.”
ConocoPhillips has redesigned its Web site to help pilots find Phillips 66 FBOs and allow FBOs to take advantage of new technology. For FBOs, Conoco-Phillips offers the new WebSmart 66 service, which allows FBOs to create their own Web site hosted on the Phillips system.
Million Air franchise Regent Aviation in Saint Paul, Minn., bought Rochester Aviation at Minnesota Rochester International Airport and renamed the FBO Regent Aviation. Steve Birdseye is general manager of the new Regent Aviation FBO in Rochester.
FBO chain Trajen has purchased three more FBOs, bringing its total to 22 facilities. Trajen bought the three FBOs–located at Palwaukee Airport in Wheeling, Ill., and in Waukesha and Kenosha, Wis.–from North American Jet. The Kenosha facility is primarily a satellite maintenance base, according to Donald Prescott, vice president for strategic planning and corporate development.
The passenger facilities at Canada’s Montréal-Mirabel International Airport are candidates for a $C100 million ($87 million) transformation into an “indoor recreational multiplex” called Rêveport (AeroDream in English), according to Aéroports de Montréal.
On May 1, Signature Flight Support opened the first purpose-built business aviation center at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster/Sheffield, UK. The airport is a former military airfield, RAF Finningley. Signature Flight Support Doncaster is the company’s 20th European FBO. In addition to traditional FBO services, the facility will offer customs, immigration and Special Branch assistance, plus slot acquisition.
As of May 1, the former Island Aviation FBO at Merritt Island Airport in Florida reopened as the second FBO owned by Atlas Aviation. Atlas’s first FBO is located at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa, Fla. Atlas plans to continue improving the hangar, lobby and office facilities at Merritt Island while offering visiting pilots and local operators fuel, maintenance, storage and office rental.