Maine officials and business aviation groups are looking to redevelop Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) for civilian use, following the departure of the U.S. Navy in 2011. The base covers 3,300 acres, has two 8,000-foot runways, an FAA-approved ILS and 500,000 sq ft of hangar space, according to John Richardson, a former state representative and speaker of the house.
Aviation International News » November 2008
Synergy Aerospace, of which OceanAir Táxi Aéreo is a subsidiary, has formed a partnership with Hangar Uno of Buenos Aires to develop and increase its share of the business jet market in Argentina.
Charter/management firm TWC Aviation has moved into its new facility at Van Nuys Airport in southern California. Previously, TWC was headquartered in a 7,000-sq-ft office at Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport. The new combination hangar/office building includes 18,000 sq ft of office space and a 45,000-sq-ft hangar that can accommodate any size business jet.
Ricardo Nogueira has replaced Adalberto Febeliano as executive vice president of the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG, Brazilian General Aviation Association). Nogueira is a veteran of the Brazilian Air Force and served as a flight instructor at the Air Force Academy in Pirassununga, São Paulo. He spent 29 years at the Department of Airspace Control (DECEA), 19 of them in air traffic management.
Brazilian OEM Embraer has signed a contract with the Brazilian government to supply two E190 airliners for government transport. The two twinjets will be configured with a secure communication system, head-of-state executive chambers and a total seating capacity for 40. Auxiliary fuel tanks will give the aircraft non-stop range from the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, to any destination in South America.
Starting early next year, private aircraft traveling to the U.S. from or via Latin America will be allowed to pre-clear all U.S. Customs and Immigration at Aruba’s general aviation terminal, operated by Universal Weather & Aviation subsidiary Universal Aviation Aruba. The U.S. and Aruba reached the agreement in May this year, making Aruba the first country in the world to sign such a pre-clearance agreement with the U.S.
Elmira/Corning, N.Y.-based FirstFlight assumed operational control of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport on November 1. The heliport, located at Pier 6 on the East River in Lower Manhattan, is a primary source of helicopter service for corporate and tourism traffic, while also offering scheduled service to John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International Airports.
SwiftJet, an aspiring air taxi operator in Canada, has placed an order for five single-engine Diamond D-Jets, along with options for 10 more. Deliveries are scheduled
to begin in 2010, making SwiftJet the first charter customer in Canada slated to take delivery of a D-Jet.
Lider Aviação, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is investing $7 million in a new hangar at the Jacarepaguá Airport in Rio de Janeiro. The 45,000-square-foot facility is slated to be completed later this year and will house a factory-approved Bell and Helibrás/Eurocopter service center.
Air-taxi operators employing technically advanced aircraft (TAA) and very light jets (VLJs) are upbeat about their futures, even in the face of DayJet’s demise. Speaking at a TAA/VLJ Air Taxi conference during the NBAA Convention last month, Air Taxi Association president Joe Leader said that worldwide demand is increasing for air taxis, which he defined as “more affordable on-demand transportation” than traditional aircraft charter.