Aviation International News » September 2009

September 1, 2009 - 10:02am

Class 4 FAA repair station D&K Aviation, located at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y., is up for sale. “We’re a privately held company and we’re accepting bids for the entire operation,” president and CEO Steve Jones told AIN. “We would really like to see someone purchase the entire operation so it stays intact, but if we have to we’ll liquidate the assets to pay off the bills; it’s begun to bleed us dry.

September 1, 2009 - 9:59am

Daher-Socata has selected North Carolina-based Atlantic Aero International as its newest North American authorized TBM service center. The addition of Atlantic Aero fulfills the company’s promise to have an authorized service center within a three-hour flight of the home airport of any U.S. TBM customer.

September 1, 2009 - 9:54am

BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul company H+S Aviation has been awarded distributor and designated overhaul facility authorization by Pratt & Whitney Canada. The authorization covers the repair and overhaul of all models of the P&WC PT6T TwinPac engine used primarily on Bell and Agusta/Bell 212s and 412s. The company also services the Rolls-Royce 250/T63/T703 and General Electric T700 and CT7 turboshaft engines.

September 1, 2009 - 9:32am

The FAA has decided to require a retest for 1,400 mechanics who used Tobias Aerospace Services, an FAA-approved airplane mechanic testing facility. The agency shut down the San Antonio operation last fall and pulled owner Bryan Tobias’s designated mechanic examiner rating when it became suspicious of an “unusually high success rate and volume of mechanics tested and certified” by Tobias.

September 1, 2009 - 9:30am

After 18 months and approximately $6.9 million, Ameco Aviation College (AAC) on Beijing Capital International Airport has opened the doors on its new addition. The four-story, 27-classroom portion of the building and two-story attached workshop feature a solar heating system and extensive building insulation to reduce energy consumption. 

September 1, 2009 - 9:26am

The Department of Transportation has issued a final rule that provides a start date for mandatory direct-observation drug testing.

September 1, 2009 - 9:05am

Camarillo Airport in Southern California is one of those airports that reveals its treasures as visitors either drive or fly in, starting with the hulk of an ancient Convair CV-240–used for firefighting training–in a field on the east side.

September 1, 2009 - 7:48am

On October 13 and 14, Avfuel is holding a quality-assurance and fire-safety seminar at the Avflight FBO at Capital City Airport in Lansing, Mich. The seminar is free for Avfuel customers (FBOs) and covers a variety of subjects, including oil refining, fuel properties, quality testing, safety, fuel storage facility maintenance, fire training, equipment maintenance and hands-on exercises at the Avflight FBO.

September 1, 2009 - 7:41am

FBO Ocean Sky Jet Centre hosted 74 aircraft that traveled to Prestwick Airport for the short drive to the British Open at Turnberry’s Ailsa Course, where five-time winner Tom Watson almost out-shot Stewart Cink for the championship title. Ocean Sky’s Prestwick FBO has added a golfing package service, which includes arranging tee times, hotels and transportation.

September 1, 2009 - 7:29am

Hurricane-strength winds destroyed three hangars at Salina Airport in Kansas on August 10, but luckily there were no aircraft in the hangars during the storm. Also affected were tractor trailers and construction barriers being used for a runway resurfacing job set for completion on August 19. “The storm set us back about a day,” said facilities manager Kenny Beiker, but he expected the job to be completed on time.