Anchorage-based regional airline group Era Alaska officially renamed itself Ravn Alaska last month as part of a wider rebranding exercise accomplished over the past half-year. The three airlines that operate under the Era Alaska banner have also undergone a rebranding: ERA Aviation becomes Corvus Airlines, while Hageland Aviation and Frontier Flying Service now fly under the name Ravn Connect.
Now embarking on its second year of existence, the UVair FBO network has added its 20th member. Great Circle Flight Services at Alaska’s Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is a primary fuel stop for corporate aircraft transiting between the Far East and North America. “We are pleased to align Great Circle with a dynamic partner who understands the importance of Anchorage as a global crossroads,” said Great Circle president Justin Charon. The FBO opened in 2005 and provides 24/7 service.
After nearly 30 years working in aviation in Alaska, mostly for airlines and in the fueling business, Louis Jennings got the opportunity to join the general aviation fraternity as general manager of Great Circle Flight Services at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. “This is the best job at the airport,” he said.
After nearly a year of studying air routes in Anchorage airspace, the FAA will soon finalize several proposed changes affecting general aviation operations departing and entering the airspace of local airports. Pilots who use Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Merrill Field, Lake Hood Seaplane Base and other area airports, as well as pilots who transit the Anchorage area without landing, would be affected by the changes.
The FAA has selected Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) to test high-intensity laser lights designed to prevent runway and taxiway incursions. The lights are one of seven projects under way nationwide to help control ground traffic at airports. The lights are designed to augment the four yellow “hold” lines painted on the pavement. In poor visibility, the lasers make the lines stand out more prominently.
Oil-rig support company Seacor Holdings has completed a $118.1 million purchase of Era Aviation. The company will combine Era’s helicopter division, which had been based in Anchorage, with its own Tex-Air Helicopters unit and relocate it to Lake Charles, La. According to Era president Chuck Johnson, the helicopter division will fly under the Era name.
One Thursday in January, Tim Slater, an assistant chief pilot for Oakland, Calif.-based KaiserAir, received a call from his dispatcher telling him he would have a trip for the weekend.
Starting with a session on June 7 in Anchorage, Alaska, the FAA has scheduled more briefings on its proposed guidance policy on air carrier operational control. FAA officials will meet with charter companies to discuss this issue and the agency’s planned new charter Operations Specifications A008.