Monarch Aircraft Restoration Services, a San Diego-based Part 145 repair station providing interior refurbishment, has expanded its capabilities by adding a “Monarch Dispatch Team” of licensed A&P mechanics to provide interior removal, reinstallation and repair services. The “go team” will travel to any airport within a 150-mile radius of the San Diego area.
Aviation International News » November 2008
Helicopter interiors specialist Texas Aviation Services has delivered a “Ferrari styled” Eurocopter EC 130 to Mike Herzog of Portland, Ore. The automotive entrepreneur collects Ferraris as part of his large car dealership in Portland and wanted his new helicopter to match the Pininfarina design of one of his favorite Ferraris.
Duncan Aviation plans to build a new, 320,000-sq-ft facility at Provo Municipal Airport in Utah. Scheduled to open by August 2010 and representing an initial investment of “around $20 million,” it will provide services including airframe, engine, avionics, interior completion and exterior paint. Duncan already operates two similar full-service centers, one at its headquarters in Lincoln, Neb. and one in Battle Creek, Mich.
Aircraft charter and management provider Comlux The Aviation Group has expanded its reach to the North American completion and refurbishment market with the purchase last month of Indianapolis Jet Center.
According to chief marketing officer Severine Cosma, the move is part of a growth strategy put into place by Comlux president and CEO Richard Gaona shortly after he assumed control of Comlux last November.
At NBAA 2008, Cessna unveiled the latest cabin mockup of its new Citation Columbus. Reminiscent of “a very hip and elegant New York City hotel,” with touches of “lipstick red” against a backdrop of off-white, gray and black, it was described by Cindy Halsey, v-p of interior design and engineering, as “art in motion.”
Against a backdrop of tumbling stock markets and the most serious banking crisis in a century, Jet Republic has launched what it bills as the most direct challenge yet to NetJets’ dominance of the European fractional ownership market. The company has committed to buying as many as 110 Bombardier Learjet 60XRs. The first 25 of these are under firm order, with deliveries due to begin next October, at a rate of about one each month.
The opening of a new runway for civil use is a rare event, but even more unusual when that runway is 12,501 feet of smooth pavement, specifically the joint military-civil-use Grissom Air Reserve Base in Peru, Ind. Grissom ARB, previously available to civil operators with prior permission only, was formally opened to regular public use during a dedication ceremony held on September 17.
The annual Red Bull Flugtag held in Portland, Ore., was witness to the Premier Jet line service staff’s attempt to fly their own bi-winged glider. The Premier Jet “Ramp Rats,” who work at Premier’s Carlsbad, Calif. FBO, enlisted the help of company pilots and mechanics to build the airplane. The wing was made of Styrofoam and fiberglass, “reinforced with dowels, string and pallet wrap,” according to the Rats.
Salinas Municipal Airport in central California has finished upgrades that include new offices, a conference room and modernized common areas. Other airport projects still under way include reconfiguration of the transient parking ramp, installation of a new beacon and a new taxiway to the upcoming Salinas Jet Center, which is being developed by FBO Central Coast Aviation.
Line supervisors and line service personnel at SkyTech, with FBOs in Rock Hill, S.C., and Baltimore are now using Noverant’s training and compliance management system for fuel safety and inspection training. The Noverant system delivers the initial and recurrent training and tracks compliance with the training using an online system that provides instant access to training records.