The freshly refurbished FBO terminal at Atlantic’s Chicago Midway FBO is now open, featuring an extensively redesigned passenger waiting area with improved comfort and traffic flow features. The FBO’s café/vending area has doubled in size to provide visitors additional dining space, and Atlantic upgraded the pilot lounge with new work stations, Internet connections and a large flat-screen television.
Aviation International News » September 2008
Carlsbad, Calif.-based Jet Source has purchased competing FBO Western Flight, adding another 30,000 sq ft of hangar space and the airport’s largest ramp to its holdings. Jet Source announced early last month that it had named Ken Curry its new president and COO, replacing Frank Milian. Curry is a former Air Force B-52 pilot and holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, with 157 missions flown in Southeast Asia.
After managing and operating the Apex Aviation FBO at Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif., since January, Kaiserair has purchased the FBO and begun remodeling the facility. Kaiserair’s plans for the new Santa Rosa Jet Center include a new fuel farm, a 30,000-sq-ft hangar, a renovated 8,000-sq-ft FBO terminal and more hangars for tenant storage.
The Bracamonte family sold the historic Jimsair Aviation Services FBO at San Diego International Airport to Landmark Aviation on July 18, bringing the Landmark chain to 42 FBOs. General manager John Bracamonte is staying on during the transition period until Landmark hires a new manager. Bracamonte’s grandfather opened the FBO in 1950, and John has been involved with the family business during the past 20 years.
To see where business jet maintenance is headed, just look at mechanics’ toolboxes. Those who turn wrenches on the most modern airplanes still need the standard-issue screwdrivers, wrenches, sockets and ratchets, but they also need a powerful computer to analyze what ails their charges.
In the recent past I have written about the importance of mechanics following the procedures contained in the appropriate manuals for whatever task that needs to be accomplished. That’s not new advice; it is something every certified aircraft mechanic heard on the first day of instruction.
Certified Aviation Services was founded in Santa Ana, Calif., in 1990 in response to airline demand for third-party line and ground support equipment maintenance. Today, the company has facilities at 16 airports across the U.S. and serves a number of business aviation operators who fly airliner-size airplanes.
Australia’s biggest airline, Qantas Airways, and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider Lufthansa Technik of Hamburg, Germany, have joined forces in a new joint venture: Jet Turbine Services (JTS).
Eclipse Aviation has selected Vancouver-based Harbour Air to be the first Eclipse 500 authorized service center in North America. Harbour Air will provide MRO service for the aircraft in western Canada. The deal leaves open the opportunity for the company to expand into eastern Canada and Alaska. Harbour Air will also provide service to the Northwest U.S. until Eclipse establishes a service center network in the U.S.
Threshold Aviation Group of Chino, Calif., recently completed structural repairs to the rear belly skin and bulkhead of a Citation 650. According to the company, the project was coordinated with engineering support from Cessna. The damaged zone was disassembled, inspected and repaired in accordance with factory specifications in record time and the aircraft also received Phase I through V inspection.