Aircraft towing technology has advanced markedly in the past decade, with towbarless tugs improving efficiency and lessening wear and tear on nosewheels. Now Boeing and Chorus Motors have partnered to demonstrate an exploratory technology that could lead to an even more efficient way of moving airplanes when they are on the ground.
Aviation International News » September 2005
Mercury Air Center LGB, a division of Mercury Air Group, has moved its operations into a newly built facility at Long Beach’s Daugherty Field. Flight crews and passengers will find a full-service day spa, gourmet deli and four-star Italian restaurant overlooking the runways. The FBO also has a passenger lobby topped with vaulted stainless-steel ceiling, full-height windows and privacy booths for telephone/laptop use.
And what’s it like when close to 10,000 airplanes descend on your airport? Toby Kamark and Jeff Wanke, co-owners of Orion Flight Services (CEO and president, respectively) have a unique perspective on the world’s largest aviation event.
The so-called “stealth” amendment passed Congress last month, granting the City of Rialto, Calif., special dispensation to sell its municipally owned airport. That amendment was attached during conference negotiations over the massive highway funding bill.
BroadWare Technologies has been selected to implement a wireless video surveillance platform at Long Beach (Calif.) Airport. The new system will enable three separate Long Beach Airport security operations centers to simultaneously monitor distant sites, including secured airport areas, public parking lots and roadway tunnels.
NATA has expressed its pleasure that the House passed H.R. 525, the “Small Business Health Fairness Act.” If the Senate approves the bill, the legislation would allow businesses to pool together to receive health insurance through their trade association. Such plans, known as Association Health Plans (AHPs), currently exist only on the state level. H.R.
Ross Aviation and Centre Partners finalized their acquisition of Scottsdale AirCenter last month. The purchase represents Ross Aviation’s second FBO investment since its formation in December. Scottsdale began operations in 2003 and has been rated among the top five in the past two years’ AIN FBO surveys.
Last month we reported that, in the fallout from the February 2 Challenger overrun at Teterboro (TEB), the FAA levied a fine of almost $2 million against Platinum Jet and its principal officer and owner. I requested a copy of the action so that I could review it myself.
“Lindbergh flew off our ramp right out front,” John Rahilly, vice president of sales and marketing for Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) Wilmington, Del., told AIN. “This used to be the Atlantic Aviation facility; it was here for some 75 years. We acquired it because our customers wanted a Dassault service center in the northeast part of the U.S.”
The FAA has recently awarded a repair station certificate to Arinc Direct’s Scottsdale Airport facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Arinc regional maintenance facility will now be able to service and repair more than 50 types of aircraft built by Raytheon, Bombardier, Cessna and Gulfstream.