After a several-month delay in the issuance of its certificate of occupancy–a result of insufficient phone lines for the facility’s fire alarm–the newest heliport in the U.S. opened in the Dallas suburb of Desoto at the end of August. The $5 million, 19-acre facility is jointly owned by the Texas Department of Transportation, the city of DeSoto and the DeSoto Economic Development Corp.
SRT Helicopters (Booth No. 108) recently completed a specialized training contract with Canadian operator Great Slave Helicopters, allowing the Northern Territories operator to conduct hoist and human external load (Class D) operations in Peru.
“We were very impressed with how quickly we were able to put the schedule together, and with SRT’s help in ensuring that we had the right equipment and the right mix of pilots and hoist operators,” Great Slave general manager Corey Taylor said.
SRT Helicopters (Booth No. 4239) of Bakersfield, Calif., provides helicopter training that ranges from private to flight instructor certificates, but it also has curriculums for much more specialized flight instruction in such areas as special operations, law enforcement, and crew and incident management that address real-life scenarios.
In U.S. Bankruptcy Court on June 18, General Motors won approval to end the leases on its fleet of jets, which includes two Gulfstream Vs and five Gulfstream IVs. The court also voided the automaker’s lease on a hangar at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. No one contested the court’s decisions; in fact, a lawyer for GM’s unsecured creditors supported them.
DaimlerChrysler Aviation, which had been on the block for several months, has been acquired from the German-based automaker by Ford Motor Company board member Edsel Ford II. As a result of the sale, the facility has been given back its former name–Pentastar Aviation.
A snippet in the Wall Street Journal in the middle of last month pointed out that the Dow Jones Industrial Average began the new year by logging its worst 13 sessions ever. This eyebrow-raising item seemed incongruous against the backdrop of unusually high levels of activity in the pre-owned jet market, or perhaps the robust action is spillover from last year as deals in the pipeline are just now being completed.
Fargo Jet Center is staying open in temporary facilities while its FBO terminal is being remodeled. Scheduled to open in the spring, the new Fargo Jet Center terminal will include upgrades of passenger and pilot facilities as well as new offices and work space for the maintenance shop. “We’ve spent many hours preparing for this renovation to ensure our customers are not inconvenienced,” said Fargo Jet president Jim Sweeney.
RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR B90, DODGE CITY, KAN., FEB. 17, 2004–All three crewmembers were killed when King Air N777KU crashed about seven miles west of Dodge City Regional Airport, Kan. The twin turboprop, operated by EagleMed, was returning to its home base at Dodge City from Wichita when it went down at about 3 a.m. Killed in the crash were the pilot, paramedic and nurse. There was no one else aboard.
All three crewmembers were killed when their King Air B90, N777KU, crashed February 17 near Dodge City Regional Airport, Kan. The twin turboprop, being operated by EagleMed, a division of Wichita-based charter operator Ballard Aviation, was returning to its home base at Dodge City from Wichita when it went down at about 3:30 a.m. Killed were pilot Brandon Bow, paramedic Jonathan Dye and nurse Jennifer Hauptman.