Servizi Elicotteristici Italiani (SEI), the exclusive interiors shop for AgustaWestland’s civil helicopters, is planning a move to the U.S. to accommodate a decision by AgustaWestland to build an assembly plant in Philadelphia that will open later this year.
Aviation International News » November 2006
“Let there be light,” said designers at DeCrane Aircraft’s Audio International, and to make it even better, they added full-spectrum color. The Little Rock, Ark.-based company’s Spectra 35 full-color, fully programmable LCD touch control switch is the first in the Spectra 20 Series, named in recognition of the company’s 20th anniversary in business.
AirCell displayed the newly certified wireless function of its Axxess flagship satcom system at last month’s NBAA Convention. Axxess was certified in April and hardware already exists in systems currently in service to allow a field software upgrade that will activate the wireless function mode.
At Vancouver International Airport, Landmark Aviation added to its FBO inventory with the recent purchase of Executive Aircraft. The new FBO adds 80,000 sq ft of facilities to Landmark’s existing Vancouver FBO, which offers 110,000 sq ft of hangars, office and terminal space. Landmark is planning new ramp construction to join the two properties.
After buying Midcoast Aviation in March, Jet Aviation continued to use the Midcoast name for the FBO but added the second barrel, “A Jet Aviation Company.” On September 28, however, the FBO was renamed Jet Aviation St. Louis at an inauguration ceremony celebrating the new name and the facility renovations. New features at Jet Aviation St. Louis include concierge services, a full-service restaurant and a new passenger lounge.
Million Air Albany has completed phase one of its renovation program at the facility. The upgrades cost $175,000 and include a new theater room, complimentary snack/beverage bar and snooze room plus remodeling of the flight-planning room, pilots’ lounge, conference room and lobby with new furniture, granite counter tops, carpeting and artwork. The second phase, mostly ramp renovations, should be completed this month.
The Independent Fixed Base Operators Association (IFBOA) announced that John Goglia has accepted the position as president of the recently formed FBO operators group. Goglia, an A&P mechanic who writes the Torqued column in AIN, served two terms as a member of the NTSB, owned and operated an FBO for 12 years and spent 20 years as an airline union flight safety representative.
The FAA rejected an apparent request to close Bakersfield Municipal Airport (L45) sent by the mayor of Bakersfield, Calif., on January 5. The mayor’s letter asked the FAA to waive all deed and grant assurance obligations and indicated that the city wished to sell the land to developers to use for non-aeronautical purposes. Through 2004, federal funding of the airport totaled more than $10 million, including $2 million used to buy the airport.
Long-time South Texas FBO McCreery Aviation celebrated its 60th anniversary on October 27. Founded at Mercedes Airport in 1946 by J.F. “Mac” McCreery, the FBO moved to what later became McAllen Miller International Airport in 1948. Mac’s son Bob is president of McCreery Aviation, a sprawling FBO that includes 148,000 sq ft of hangars, offices and FBO terminal, and 550,000 sq ft of ramp space.
Atlantic Aviation is growing in Pennsylvania with a new 29,400-sq-ft hangar at its Pittsburgh International Airport FBO, and an additional 7,000 sq ft of flexible office and shop space. Due for completion in July, the facility’s new office space will be used for TSA security screening and handling of sports team charter passengers.