Tamarack Aerospace has unveiled the first of what it promises will be a series of active winglet systems designed to relieve wing bending loads caused by winglets. The company’s active technology load alleviation system (Atlas) should be certified and available for installation on Cirrus SR22 G1 and G2 piston singles early next year, but Tamarack is also testing Atlas, which includes new winglets, on a Cessna CitationJet 525. Tamarack brought the Atlas-equipped CitationJet to the NBAA Convention in Orlando and gave demonstration rides during the show.
Aviation International News » November 2012
After a summer storm that wreaked havoc on the hangars at Shelby County Airport, authorities in the Alabama county expect to break ground this month on a new 11,920-sq-ft hangar. With a 120-foot by 40-foot door, the building will accommodate all business jets except the largest bizliners. Approximately 80 aircraft are based at the airport.
Sussex County Airport has broken ground on a $4.46 million runway expansion that will extend the length of its main runway to 5,500 feet, opening the facility to larger aircraft. Scheduled for completion next summer, the improvement at the Georgetown airport is the first part of a process that will eventually extend the runway to 6,000 feet. The second stage, scheduled to take place during the next few years, will relocate a local road and cost approximately $20 million.
Weston Aviation has added another location to its growing chain of UK FBOs. The latest facility at Tatenhill Airfield and St. Georges Park Executive Aviation Centre is adjacent to the new National Football Centre near Burton-on-Trent, which opened last month. Given the airfield’s location, the new FBO will provide quick and discreet access to St. Georges Park. The new location brings the company’s stable of FBOs to five, with the others located at Durham Tees Valley, Humberside, Newquay Cornwall and Robin Hood Doncaster Airports.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport has embarked on the reconstruction of a former neighboring cargo handling facility to turn it into an additional 61,505 sq ft of hangar space. The $5 million project will bring the FBO’s total business and general aviation shelter at the airport to more than 155,000 sq ft. The structure will be able to accommodate multiple large aircraft, including the newly certified Gulfstream G650. “Demand for hangar space at our facility continues to outpace capacity,” said David Mills, the FBO’s general manager.
French ground services support coordinator G-Ops has upgraded and relaunched its website. The new navigation system and layout are aimed at allowing operators and flight dispatchers to send online handling requests for flights more easily. Through the system, customers can arrange for numerous services such as ground handling, fueling, landing and takeoff slots, permits, catering, crew accommodations and ground transportation at more than 30 airports throughout France.
Executive Air, the FBO at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va., has reopened its terminal after completion of a major $750,000 renovation that saw the demolition and reconstruction of the facility’s ground-floor interior. Additions to the 4,000-sq-ft guest services lobby included a new airside vestibule and a new interior design featuring locally quarried stone, glass walls and furniture produced in the region.
Authorities at the Columbus Regional Airport Authority in Ohio have voted to take over the aircraft service and maintenance operations at Rickenbacker International Airport after Lane Aviation allowed its lease to expire, citing lack of traffic at the airport. Lane Aviation had served the airport since 1995. The authority, which operates the former military base, had received approximately $150,000 a year from the lease and intended to increase the rent on the facility when Lane declined to renew.
Washington, D.C., area aircraft charter and management provider Projet Aviation is now the sole FBO operator at Leesburg Executive Airport following its purchase of the Landmark Aviation facility, which had served the airport since 2005. Projet, which operated a rival FBO on the north side of the airport since 2010, has moved its main operations to the former Landmark terminal. With the purchase, the company has tripled its hangar and office space at the airport to 75,000 sq ft.
The ASA Group has opened its first office in China. The international aviation services company obtains landing and over-flight permits provides flight supervision and coordination, travel safety consulting, ground transport and hotel bookings and arranges catering. ASA has several offices throughout Asia, as well as in London and the U.S. Its newest office will serve clients traveling to Shanghai through both Pudong and Hongqiao International Airports.
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