With more than 570,000 sq ft under roof, Little Rock, Ark.-based Central Flying Service is arguably the world’s largest full-service FBO. “The key is ‘full service,’” said Richard Holbert, president and CEO of the Adams Field operation.
Aviation International News » November 2006
Aircraft operators and owners looking to have their aircraft serviced can now locate maintenance facilities worldwide via the Internet through a service offered by Jet Repair. The company also offers Part 145 repair stations relief from the mound of paperwork required by most Part 135 and Part 91 operators.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has announced that it is prepared to work closely with the FAA in the agency’s effort to mandate human-factors training programs in aviation.
Landmark Aviation, the only Honeywell-authorized service center for TPE331-10 engine conversions, has developed a “value calculator” to quantify to aircraft owners how increased power and speed and lower fuel burn from the conversion produce operational benefits and cost savings that quickly offset up-front costs.
The Battle Creek, Mich. facility of Duncan Aviation recently christened its newest paint hangar with the completion of a Falcon 2000. The new 19,200-sq-ft hangar adds 40 slots to the facility’s annual paint capacity. It incorporates the latest airflow technology, including automatic monitoring and alarms, and was designed to accommodate multiple aircraft at once by using a two-zone airflow system.
Jet Aviation has begun a $27 million expansion at its current complex in Basel, Switzerland. The project will add almost 334,000 sq ft of hangar, shop and ramp space, and is expected to take about 18 months.
UK-based fractional ownership program European Business Jets (EBJ) is looking to move into aircraft management to boost its available fleet. The company is also considering adding new types to its fleet, including the Embraer Phenom 100 and HondaJet very light jets. It sells shares in pre-owned jets and currently operates a Cessna CitationJet and a Citation CJ1.
Proposed funding cuts that could affect NASA’s ability to conduct aeronautics research–including work on the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS)–continue to draw fire from lawmakers, aerospace officials and academia.
Now that refurbishment of the Falcon 900 is finished and the jet is back in service, the experience for the owner and managers of the airplane can probably best be summed up thus: “The end result will be enjoyed long after the trials and tribulations of the journey have been forgotten.”
Small and medium-size North American OEMs can find the European market challenging in terms of providing engineering and customer support for their products. UK-based Aerospace Representatives (ARL) is seeking to meet this need by offering to be more than just a sales representative in the region.