At Vancouver International Airport, Landmark Aviation added to its FBO inventory with the recent purchase of Executive Aircraft. The new FBO adds 80,000 sq ft of facilities to Landmark’s existing Vancouver FBO, which offers 110,000 sq ft of hangars, office and terminal space. Landmark is planning new ramp construction to join the two properties.
The FAA rejected an apparent request to close Bakersfield Municipal Airport (L45) sent by the mayor of Bakersfield, Calif., on January 5. The mayor’s letter asked the FAA to waive all deed and grant assurance obligations and indicated that the city wished to sell the land to developers to use for non-aeronautical purposes.
Atlantic Aviation is growing in Pennsylvania with a new 29,400-sq-ft hangar at its Pittsburgh International Airport FBO, and an additional 7,000 sq ft of flexible office and shop space. Due for completion in July, the facility’s new office space will be used for TSA security screening and handling of sports team charter passengers.
Atlantic Aviation is opening a new temporary FBO terminal at Lackland AFB’s Kelly Field Annex, a huge airport with an 11,550-foot runway five miles from downtown San Antonio. Atlantic expects to be ready for general aviation traffic by December 1, according to general manager Dwight Randolph, and plans to open a new 10,000-sq-ft FBO terminal and 30,000-sq-ft hangar in January 2008.
Rectrix Aerodrome Centers has begun construction of a new FBO/hangar facility at Florida’s Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The Rectrix center, due to make its grand opening next fall (the phased opening will begin this winter), will be the company’s second FBO and the site of new “Hangarminiums,” private hangars with services provided by Rectrix personnel.
Palwaukee Municipal Airport has a new name. The Wheeling, Ill. airport is now called Chicago Executive. Palwaukee started in 1925 and grew into “the most important reliever airport in the country,” according to the new chairman of the board, Kevin Dohm. A United Airlines pilot, Dohm pointed out that the airport is only eight miles from O’Hare and 20 miles from Chicago’s business district.
Garmin (Booth No. 2853) is highlighting what it calls three major upgrades to its all-glass, G1000 integrated avionics suite–the FliteCharts, ChartView and SafeTaxi features.
A Cessna Citation VI owned by a prominent Irish businessman was caught up in a major drug bust on September 26, when Belgian police impounded the aircraft at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport and arrested its crew. More than 110 pounds of heroin (valued at $13 million) was seized as an undisclosed passenger tried to board the jet at Kortrijk, which is close to the border with France.
The FAA has interviewed the pilots of a Gulfstream V that caused a runway incursion on September 30 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), during which a SkyWest Airlines CRJ700 braked to a stop reportedly within 100 feet of the GV. The CRJ didn’t suffer any damage, according to a SkyWest spokeswoman, but did have to cool its brakes for 15 minutes, delaying the flight by about half an hour.
The crash of Comair Flight 5191 in the early morning darkness of August 27 has given pause to the entire aviation community. As investigators grapple with the question of how an experienced CRJ100 crew could blast down an unlit, 3,500-foot runway without looking at so much as their heading, safety experts are becoming convinced that technology might have broken the chain of events that led to the crash.