Keystone Aviation’s Part 145 repair facility at Aurora State Airport in Aurora, Ore. has been named a Cirrus authorized service center. Keystone Aviation’s maintenance department was established in 1997 to provide maintenance services for the regional aviation market and the company’s charter fleet. It has since grown to a Part 145 repair station with a Class IV airframe rating. The Aurora location is also an authorized service center for Daher-Socata and operates maintenance facilities at Tac Air Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah.
Aurora Flight Sciences is displaying its Diamond DA42 optionally piloted aircraft (OPA) on the Diamond Aircraft stand here (OE18). The low-cost intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solution is compatible with NATO standards, and “combines the best of manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft capabilities,” said U.S.-based Aurora.
Called the Centaur, the OPA can be self-deployed, as its ground control equipment fits in the aircraft’s cargo compartment. Conversion from manned to unmanned-configuration takes two crewmembers less than four hours.
Aurora Aviation yesterday at EBACE signed a memorandum of understanding for a partnership agreement to run the first full-service FBO at Fujairah International Airport in the UAE. “We are looking to make Fujairah our hub,” Aurora CEO Ammar Kutait told AIN. With slots easily available and holding time less, Aurora will promote the airport for technical stops. While Aurora is not interested in another FBO in the region, Kutait did hint at plans for the company to get into the fuel supply business at another undisclosed airport.
Diamond Aircraft has revealed a surge of orders for the DA42 Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP), also known as the Guardian. It is the surveillance version of the Austrian company’s DA42 twin-engine training and touring aircraft. A total of 91 are now in service, in places such as Europe (18), Africa (14), the Middle East (11), the CIS (9), Australasia (20) and the Americas (14).
J.A. Air Center, a Chicago-area FBO, will give away a Garmin GPSMAP 696 here at the NBAA Convention. Attendees can register at the company’s booth (No. 2613) during the show to win the portable navigator, valued at $3,295. J.A. Air Center, based at Aurora Municipal Airport, says the multi-function 696 represents the complete range of services the FBO offers customers.
Oregon’s legislature voted to honor Columbia Helicopters founder and chairman Wes Lematta by renaming Aurora Airport Wes Lematta Field at the Aurora State Airport.
After buying Aurora Jet Center at Aurora State Airport in Oregon, new owner Metal Innovations signed a fuel provider agreement with Western Petroleum, and the FBO became a member of ExxonMobil’s Avitat network. Aurora is a convenient alternative airport for Portland-area traffic, only 22 nm from Portland International Airport and with a 5,000-foot runway. On November 1, Aurora Jet Center will open a new pilot lounge and dayrooms.