The Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 overrun accident at Chicago Midway Airport last December 8 has led to two significant developments for operators. The first was the FAA’s issuance of a policy letter June 7 that mandates the addition of a 15-percent safety margin to expected actual landing distance for Part 121, 135 and 91(K) (fractional) operators. That policy is expected to go into effect in time for winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
Aviation International News » September 2006
AIN’s readers this year have chosen CFM as the best provider of product support for turbofan engines (the CFM56s on Boeing Business Jets), and Pratt & Whitney Canada as the leader in turboprop support.
Joshua Cunningham was awarded the 2006 Golden Eagle Scholarship from Pratt & Whitney in partnership with the Tuskegee Airmen. The $20,000 award recognizes a high school senior who has demonstrated an aptitude for aerospace technology and aviation. He will receive $5,000 each year for four years.
Aviation business pioneer George Priester passed away August 17 at age 98. Priester owned and operated Chicago’s Palwaukee Airport (PWK) from 1953 to 1986, during which time it grew from four short gravel runways to five hard-surface runways, 200 employees and 300 acres.
Former corporate flight department manager Robert Sumwalt has been appointed NTSB vice chairman, and acting chairman Mark Rosenker has been named chairman of the Safety Board.
Twenty students from China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) completed six months of U.S. training late last month and are returning home to put their new knowledge to work in that nation’s emerging civilian ATC system. The FAA and Chinese government initiated the program with the goal of training future leaders of China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau.
This chain has no name but owns 22 FBOs, is backed by a large investment firm and continues to seek opportunities to build or buy more. A look at the “Business Services Industry” section of majority owner Allied Capital’s Web site reveals a logo and link to Mercury Air Group/Mercury Air Centers. Allied Capital owns 17 Mercury Air Centers FBOs, but the link doesn’t lead to a page about only those FBOs.
The old Alaska Airlines maintenance hangar at Oakland International Airport in the San Francisco Bay Area is now a clean corporate hangar operated by OAK FBO Business Jet Center. The 42,000-sq-ft hangar features 50-foot doors, high enough to fit a Boeing Business Jet and Gulfstream 550.
The new terminal at FBO Business Aviation Services, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S.D., opened July 11. Built at a cost of $4 million, the 42,000-sq-ft building offers a welcome visual break from the high-plains topography found in South Dakota. The exterior’s titanium panels blend seamlessly with spacious sections of sky-reflecting blue-green glass that let natural light enter the building.
Ascend Development is expanding its private hangar complex operations to Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y. The company started in 2003 with its first private hangar building at Hayward Airport near San Francisco, a 60,000-sq-ft facility divided into six hangar bays adjacent to the Trajen (soon to become Atlantic Aviation) FBO.