Officials in California have unanimously approved an environmental plan that could make March Air Reserve Base near Riverside, Calif., much more accommodating to private aircraft operators by 2014. The base, which features a 13,300-foot primary runway, has permitted private aircraft operations with prior approval only since 2008 and has a rudimentary trailer-based FBO to supply the few private aircraft arrivals with jet-A, the only fuel currently available.
Aviation International News » October 2012
Zurich-based ExecuJet Aviation Group is extending its partnership with Bilen Air Service to include aircraft handling at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokchen Airport, thus providing 24/7 general aviation flight support capability to the city, which serves as a link between Europe and the Middle East, following the recent introduction of flight restrictions at Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Avfuel has added a trio of FBOs to its lineup of more than 600 branded dealers. Bellingham Aviation Services at Bellingham International Airport, located near the Canadian border, between Vancouver, B.C., and Seattle, serves as a gateway to the Pacific Northwest, as well as a tech stop for Alaskan-bound fliers. The facility offers transient hangar space, GPUs, lav service, de-icing and oxygen. The FBO’s maintenance division provides services such as avionics, general maintenance, inspections and major repairs for both piston- and turbine-powered aircraft.
Facing 100-percent hangar occupancy at Atlanta’s Cobb County Airport/McCollum Field, the Atlanta Executive Jet Center (AECJ) has completed its Corporate Row Hangar Project, a $7 million development. Occupying a six-acre plot leased by AECJ in 2010, it consists of 100,000 sq ft of corporate hangar space along with 240,000 sq ft of new ramp at the airport. The new complex is expected to generate $9 million a year for the local community.
The UVair FBO Network, launched earlier this year, announced several new California members and one Texas facility to its growing lineup.
Inspired by famed Italian designer Piero Fornesetti, Edelman Leather has introduced its latest Cavallini hair-on-hide Sun and Moon rugs.
The New Milford, Conn. leather supplier has 18 standard patterns for the Cavallini product. They are hand-sewn in Italy and described by a spokeswoman as “ideal for carpet runners or for bulkhead and sidewall coverings [or] we can create any pattern the client might want.”
Dialog over the propriety of competition from airport-sponsored FBOs ratcheted up when several members of Congress submitted a letter to acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta expressing their concern about the use of federal funding provided by the agency for airport development.
Townsend Leather has introduced a Grand Damask leather design from the Roger Thomas Collection inspired by the tooled leather walls created for Catherine de Médicis and noble families of the 16th century.
De Médicis, the force behind the ruthless efforts to keep the Valois monarchy on the French throne in the mid-1600s, was also a strong patron of the arts.
Sabreliner has opened a new $7 million aircraft paint hangar at its Perryville Municipal Airport facilities in Perryville, Mo.
The 32,000-sq-ft facility, sized to accommodate aircraft up to the size of a GIV, includes a large bay for stripping and prep work and another for paint application. The climate-controlled facility features a three-stage filtration system. Workers use an electrostatic paint process that reduces the amount of paint used as well as the total emissions.
Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, has completed its fifth Global Express refurbishment and maintenance project in the past 12 months. The airplane has been delivered to its Malaysian owner.
The interior refurbishment restored all the interior soft woods and woodwork, and an upgrade of the entertainment system includes iPad holders and iPod docks. During the downtime, Flying Colours also performed numerous maintenance inspections and airframe and systems modifications.