Central Coast Aviation announced plans to build an FBO facility, to be called Salinas Jet Center, at Salinas Municipal Airport near California’s Monterey Peninsula. Groundbreaking is scheduled to take place next year, and the Jet Center will include more than 100,000 sq ft of hangar space, 40,000 sq ft of office space, a hotel, restaurant and conference center.
Aviation International News » November 2007
Signature Flight Support purchased Carolina Air Center at South Carolina’s Hilton Head Airport on September 28. The only FBO at the airport, Carolina
Standard Aero is planning a $5.5 million, 10,000-sq-ft expansion for its existing 120,000-sq-ft Maryville, Tenn. aircraft maintenance facility, according to Paul Soubry, president and CEO.
Standard Aero has entered a five-year purchase agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada for 500 aircraft engines as part of its PT6A-135A, -42 and -52 upgrade program.
Business aviation traffic continues to grow at Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok International Airport, and to serve that traffic, Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre (HKBAC), which is affiliated with FBO operator Signature Flight Support, opened a second hangar on September 3. Hangar 2 covers 38,000 sq ft and can accommodate Airbus ACJs and Boeing BBJs. Construction cost was nearly $13 million.
The debate between Littleton, Colo. maintenance-tracking provider AvTrak and Hawker Beechcraft (formerly Raytheon Aircraft) stemming from Raytheon’s sale of its Facts (Factory Aircraft Comprehensive Tracking System) to Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based Camp Systems has heated up once again as a judge upheld a February injunction regarding ownership of the operators’ maintenance data.
Ron Henriksen, developer of Houston Executive Airport, has purchased Bird’s Nest Airport, a small facility with a 2,700-foot runway 12 miles Northeast of Austin, Texas. Austin used to have a busy downtown airport–Robert Mueller– but that was closed in favor of the current larger airport outside of town, the former Bergstrom AFB.
Megadata added to its Passur FBO aircraft-tracking system a new feature that informs FBOs of fuel uplift requirements for incoming aircraft. Passur tracks aircraft using a combination of FAA radar data and its own network of “passive radar” sensors that detect transponder returns. FBOs that subscribe to Passur
Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) announced early last month that it is launching new versions of its ATR 42 and 72 to be known as the “-600 series.” The aircraft will be “progressively introduced” during the second half of 2010.
The aerospace world got its first close look at the Sukhoi Superjet 100 when Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company staged a rollout ceremony on September 26 outside its final assembly plant in the Siberian city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur.