Given their current predicaments, Eclipse Aviation and Sino Swearingen share some similarities. Both start-up OEMs have found the money and overcome the adversity to earn type certificates for their jets despite major setbacks and industry naysayers.
Early this year the TIX Jet Center opened at Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX) in Titusville, Fla. A new terminal building is slated for construction beginning this spring, with TIX Jet Center to administer the municipally owned facility.
A long awaited fuel farm upgrade at Long Beach Airport (LGB), Calif., is scheduled for completion by the end of this month. The upgrade will result in a 200,000-gallon (4,700-barrel) fuel-storage facility available to the Long Beach Fuel Consortium.
Trajen Flight Support at Tucson International Airport (TUS), Ariz., became an Air BP dealer last October, and this month it plans to complete a major expansion project. The new terminal/hangar complex will add a total of some 12,000 sq ft to the FBO.
NBAA said Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), Conn., is struggling financially and the local board of aldermen has asked the FAA what the consequences would be if the airport closed. The FAA responded that the ramifications would be considerable.
The Iowa DOT’s office of aviation reports that the federal funding program approved by Congress and signed by President Bush last month bodes well for the state’s 77 airports, only eight of which offer airline service.
According to NBAA, Warwick, R.I. mayor Scott Avedisian has indicated he would fight a proposal to expand the primary runway at T.F. Green International Airport (PVD). The mayor has asked the city council for initial funding of $150,000 to litigate against runway-extension projects.
Lowe Aviation, a Phillips 66 Aviation Performance Center at Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MCN), Macon, Ga., is the hometown fueler for medium-size international charter operator Aviance. George Moore, owner of Aviance, operates five Learjets.
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