The story of Castle & Cooke Aviation starts like that of many FBOs, with a small flight department needing more space to grow. Craig Walker, Castle & Cooke vice president of operations and development and Dole Food director of aviation, started flying for David Murdock in 1980. Murdock is the chairman, CEO and president of Castle & Cooke, a trading, shipping and agricultural company that originated as a general store in Hawaii in 1864 and eventually ended up owning Dole Food.
Meridian Air Charter, based in Teterboro, N.J., is expanding its operations to the West Coast as part of a long-term plan to serve existing clients better, while developing its charter and aircraft management services in the San Francisco area. The two-phase expansion involves opening California sales offices in San Jose and at Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa. The San Jose office opened in September and the Santa Rose office is scheduled to open in November. In the second phase of its West Coast expansion, Meridian Air Charter (Booth No.
The UVair FBO Network, launched earlier this year, announced several new California members and one Texas facility to its growing lineup.
San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Runway 28 Left will be closed on weekends for runway and taxiway work through October 1. The work is expected to cut the airport’s normal arrival rate of 60 aircraft per hour almost in half between 10 p.m. Friday nights and 8 a.m. Mondays.
The Santa Monica Airport Commission has proposed limiting the number of flights at Santa Monica Airport to 53 percent of prior year daily operations. The commission didn’t provide any details about exactly how such a limit would be enacted. For example, would the tower turn away any aircraft over the limit?
The Van Nuys Airport Association and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) on June 18 agreed to an updated Runway 16 Right reconstruction plan for Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Van Nuys, Calif.
Fans of Lockheed Martin have a chance to win a ride on an historic Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation at the upcoming Farnborough International Airshow (July 9 to 15). Five lucky winners will have a seat on the airplane, when it makes a celebratory flight from the UK’s Farnborough Airport on the morning of July 10.
Pentastar Aviation is now offering maintenance services at Key Air’s FBO facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Connecticut, following signature of an agreement earlier this spring. The company is operating out of a 20,000-sq-ft facility, with room to expand as demand dictates. The new location is Pentastar’s first foray into East Coast operations and joins the company’s facilities in Van Nuys, Calif., and its headquarters location in Waterford, Mich.
Wichita-based Mid-Continent Instruments has changed its name to Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. The company says the new name better describes its capabilities and underscores its commitment to provide general aviation repair facilities with a range of services supporting avionics, instruments and power solutions. Services include custom design, manufacturing, overhaul/exchange and repair. The company’s Van Nuys, Calif. facility provides new instrument sales and instrument overhaul.
Gulfstream Aerospace named Steven Meng the regional sales manager for product support sales in Southern California. He reports to Jace Stone, director, product support sales, West Region. Meng, who is based in Long Beach, Calif., is responsible for the sale of maintenance, paint and interior upgrades as well as avionics modifications to Gulfstream and non-Gulfstream operators in Los Angeles, San Diego and the surrounding areas. Before his promotion, Meng was a senior internal sales manager for product support sales at Gulfstream’s facility in Long Beach.