Because of 120- to 140-knot headwinds, two Circuit City Citations were making a refueling stop at Pueblo (Colo.) Memorial Airport (PUB), on Feb. 16, 2005, en route to California from Richmond, Va., the chain’s headquarters. One of the Citations, N500AT, crashed on the approach; the other landed without incident.
Aviation International News » November 2005
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Decades ago, AIN published one pilot’s mathematical formula for calculating the conditions that made fuel tankering viable. It was back when the first fanjets were entering the market and, for the first time, business jet pilots could choose where and when they bought fuel on the road.
Alaska Aerofuel of Fairbanks, Alaska (PAFA), cut the ribbon on a new hangar last month, with on-site U.S. Customs office, pilot lounge, snooze rooms, showers, a conference room and passenger lounge with flat-screen plasma televisions and hi-speed Internet access. Ed McClure, director of customer service, said most of the FBO’s linemen have more than 10 years’ experience and consistently turn tech stops in less than 30 minutes.
The Columbia group of aviation companies announced last month it has acquired Lakeland Air Service at Lakeland (Fla.) Linder Municipal Airport (LAL). The acquisition marks the sixth facility for the Columbia FBO network and the first outside the Northeast. Columbia is based in Groton, Conn. The new FBO will be known as Columbia Air Services-LAL and competes with Landmark (formerly Piedmont Hawthorne), the other FBO at LAL.
Panorama Flight Service at Westchester County Airport (HPN), in White Plains, N.Y., reports it has reconfigured and refurbished its lobby, expanded its passenger lounge and added amenities to its pilots’ lounge and quiet room. The improvements are credited, in part, with an increase in jet fuel sales of some 35 percent this year, compared with last year.
The city of San Diego took over Brown Field, a former naval air station, in 1962. Since then, according to local news reports, the general aviation reliever for busy Lindbergh Field has suffered from neglect and indecisive management on the part of the city.
For co-owner and general manager of Aspen Base Operation Cliff Runge, it’s been quite a run. He bought into the FBO at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (aka Sardy Field, ASE) in 1984 and last month closed on a deal to sell the facility to Trajen FBO Network, the growing FBO chain backed by private equity firm CapStreet.
The Los Angeles area is not known for its friendliness to business aviation. High population densities and low tolerance for jet noise make it a challenge for anyone who wants to operate anywhere near the L.A. Basin. The airport department of the city of Victorville thinks it can help and sees attracting business aviation businesses as a good deal for the city.
Aviation differs from other forms of transportation in a number of ways. One that stands out is our collection and use of operational data on everything from what we load into the baggage compartment to the weight of the fuel we upload and of the passengers we board.