Gulfstream III, Farmingdale, N.Y., March 10, 2010–Soon after takeoff from Republic Airport (FRG), while climbing through 35,000 msl en route to Stuart, Fla., the crew of the GIII reported hearing a sound similar to a compressor stall, followed by a loss of power on the right engine. The pilot-in-command declared an emergency and initiated an in-flight engine shutdown.
Aviation International News » May 2010
On May 1, Chevron fuel distributor Hiller Group finalized its purchase of Air Petro, a Chevron-branded distributor in the western U.S. Hiller Group’s distribution network is in the eastern U.S., and the acquisition boosts the company’s network to nearly 600 dealers across the country. Hiller Group is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and provides fuel to general aviation, commercial and military aviation segments.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport in Northern California has expanded its hangar space to more than 100,000 sq ft with the addition of a 15,000-sq-ft hangar. An ExxonMobil Avitat facility, Business Jet Center has seen demand for hangar space at Oakland grow steadily over the past 18 months, according to manager David Mills.
Argus International has hired William Yantiss to lead a new division called Prism Solutions (professional resources in system management). Yantiss previously was vice president of safety, quality, security and environment for United Airlines. The new Prism Solutions division is designed to help clients with safety management systems, safety and security training, system design and implementation, manuals and consulting.
Two FBOs at Reno-Tahoe International Airport are not going to renew their upcoming leases, and the airport has released a request for proposals (RFP) for a new FBO to replace them. “Reno-Tahoe is the 62nd busiest commercial airport in the country and has a large corporate and general aviation customer base,” the airport explained.
Flight planning Web site FltPlan.com is now offering runway analysis services by Aircraft Performance Group (APG) integrated with flight planning. Runway analysis may allow departures at heavier maximum takeoff weights, according to FltPlan.com, thanks to APG’s Airport Analyzer.
Heritage Aviation is celebrating the opening of its new 79,000-sq-ft FBO at Burlington International Airport in Vermont on May 20. Guests are invited to view the eco-friendly facility, which features roof-mounted solar panels and a wind turbine, rain-water catchment and reuse system and furnishings hand-crafted by local artisans.
Garfield County Regional Airport in Rifle, Colo., is closed for seven months
Tac Air held an open house at its Raleigh-Durham International Airport FBO on April 7 to showcase its new interior design standards, which will be rolled out to other facilities in the 12-FBO chain. The design includes a new floorplan, customer workstations with wireless printing from laptops and smartphones, renovated restrooms, an expanded pilot lounge and wall and floor coverings that meet the FBO’s new decorating standards.
Randy Groom, formerly president of Hawker Beechcraft’s global customer service and support and its Beechcraft division and founder of general aviation consultancy Groom Aviation, was named executive v-p of sales, marketing and customer support at Piper Aircraft.