Cutter Aviation has embarked on a $1.75 million expansion and renovation project on its facility at New Mexico’s Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ). The $250,000 modernization of its FBO terminal includes the refurnishing of the lobby, conference room and pilots’ lounge areas. The FBO is home to approximately 50 airplanes, nearly half of them turbine-powered, and its 75,000 sq ft of hangar space has been filled to capacity for the past several years, according to company president Will Cutter.
Albuquerque International Sunport
Cutter Aviation has been designated the preferred FBO by fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet. The designation applies to all six of the FBO chain’s locations–Phoenix Sky Harbor and Deer Valley Airports; Albuquerque International Sunport; El Paso (Texas) International Airport; Dallas Executive Airport; and Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, Texas.
With all 173 Eclipse Aviation employees now figuratively under one roof at Sunport International Airport in Albuquerque, N.M., the company expects to begin assembly this month of its first flight-test airplane in preparation for the model’s initial flight next July.
New Mexico’s license plates proclaim it to be the “Land of Enchantment.” And a growing number of business aircraft manufacturers are enchanted with New Mexico’s efforts toward becoming an “aviation cluster” of airframe manufacturers and supporting businesses.
Englewood, Colo.-based Aviation Technology Group announced last month it had selected Albuquerque, N.M., as the manufacturing site for the two-seat, Williams FJ33-powered Javelin. The selection followed the approval by the New Mexico Investment Council of a “significant investment” in ATG at a meeting on January 20. The state’s Private Equity Committee had earlier recommended the investment to the council.
Eclipse Aviation’s fourth conforming flight-test aircraft, N505EA, which experienced a gear-up landing on September 4 at Albuquerque International Sunport, will be repaired and back in the air by the end of October, according to a company spokesman. The two pilots on board were not injured during the accident, which Eclipse said was caused by pilot error.
Eclipse Aviation’s fourth conforming flight-test aircraft, N505EA, which made a gear-up landing on September 4 at Albuquerque International Sunport, will be repaired and back in the air by the end of this month, according to a company spokesman. The two pilots on board were not injured during the accident, and Eclipse said the cause of the belly landing was pilot error.