Columbia Aircraft Services expects to break ground this month on a new 20,000-sq-ft storage hangar at its Groton, Conn. (GON) facility. “We have commitments for all the space. It’s already full,” Columbia founder and president Art Maurice told AIN. Later this year, the maintenance, avionics and sales specialist plans to begin construction on a new 5,000-sq-ft terminal building.
The “egregious behavior” of the city of Danbury, Conn., in failing to cut trees on the approach for Runway 26 at Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR) is a “blatant attempt to shut down the airport by reducing its functionality,” alleges the National Air Transportation Association. For years, the FAA has said it will displace the threshold 1,000 feet farther down the currently 4,422-foot-long runway if the trees are not cut.
Embraer has broken ground at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., for a new service center. The company intends to open the facility by
Webster Bank’s Center Capital of Waterbury, Conn., has formed a general aviation finance division headquartered in Dallas. The new division’s target market initially is new and pre-owned helicopters and airplanes, as well as maintenance projects, valued at under $2 million. Charles McGuire, v-p and general manager of the division, told AIN that there are no restrictions with reference to aircraft age or noise stage.
NBAA said Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), Conn., is struggling financially and the local board of aldermen has asked the FAA what the consequences would be if the airport closed. The FAA responded that the ramifications would be considerable.
To meet increased customer demand, British Columbia-based helicopter shipper Panalpina has added a service center in the Northeast. The company has hired Peter Baldauf, a helicopter load-out specialist, to its Heliship team at Hartford/Bradley Airport in Connecticut.
Contrary to FAA-recommended national standards, a housing contractor was successful in changing zoning regulations in Oxford, Conn., and will be allowed to build within Waterbury-Oxford Airport’s 65-decibel noise contour. With its ILS-equipped 5,000- by 100-foot runway and contract-operated control tower, Waterbury-Oxford (OXC) has gained increasing favor as a business aircraft base and is home to a growing number of business jets.
The FAA and the state of Connecticut were willing to pay 97 percent of the $4.5 million price tag to have trees removed from around Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR), but Danbury politicians were unwilling to come up with the remaining $110,000. But a January 7 accident changed the city council’s mind. A 24-year-old flight instructor had taken off from the airport when the engine of his 1975 Piper Warrior began to lose power.
Tech Engineering, an AOG mobile repair service, has xpanded its capabilities to include a base operation center at the Lanmar Aviation facility on the Groton-New London Airport in Groton, Conn. The service is available 24 hours a day and offers avionics maintenance and inspections as well as airframe and powerplant repair and inspections.
About 3,600 Sikorsky Aircraft workers in Connecticut and Florida went on strike on February 20, voting a tentative agreement down 2,045 to 1,072 mainly because of increased health insurance costs. The workers–represented by IBT Local 1150–picketed at the company’s headquarters in Stratford, Conn., as well as at Sikorsky’s facilities in West Haven, Bridgeport and Shelton, Conn., and West Palm Beach, Fla.