Greater Phoenix-area airports are gearing up for Super Bowl XLIX and Super Season 2015 in anticipation of a significant influx of activity for major events early next year. In addition to the Super Bowl game on February 1 and the 2015 Pro Bowl, both in the University of Phoenix stadium, the annual PGA Waste Management golf tournament and the Barrett-Jackson classic auto auction take place within days. The latter two occur just north of Scottsdale Municipal Airport (SDL), the 16th largest U.S. business aviation airport.
Billy Palmertree, formerly general manager at Tomlinson Avionics of Texas, has joined US Aviation in Denton, Texas, to run the avionics department and FAA Part 145 repair station. Palmertree brings more than 20 years of experience in general aviation and corporate business jet avionics systems. “I am pleased to join such a stable and growing company. US Aviation has a great avionics and maintenance facility with plenty of expertise, and room to accommodate customer aircraft,” Palmertree said.
Atlanta, Ga.-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has acquired Gardner Aviation Specialist. GAS, a Peachtree City, Ga.-based company, is an FAA repair station offering avionics installations, glass-panel upgrades, aircraft maintenance and MRO services. The acquisition allows PAG to expand the services it provides to customers operating fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. GAS operates out of a 35,000-sq-ft hangar on Falcon Field.
The Arizona DOT named Phoenix Mesa-Falcon Field Airport “Arizona Airport of the Year” at the 2010 Arizona Airports Association Spring Conference.
Cushman and Wakefield, the real-estate firm hired by MD Helicopters parent company Patriarch Partners, has reportedly narrowed potential new sites for the company down to four: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, North Texas Regional Airport, Shreveport Regional Airport and Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The company was expected to make a decision by late last month.
The FAA in January awarded Eclipse 500 type rating training approval to Mesa Falcon Field, Ariz.-based Sabena Airline Training Center. Managing director Kris Van den Bergh said the center is the first center worldwide to offer Eclipse 500 type rating courses. The training center received its first Eclipse 500 in August. The course takes 10 to 15 days to complete, and the first class will be offered this month.
MD Helicopters has requested a concessionary renegotiation of the land leases for its main plant and offices at Falcon Field in Mesa, Ariz. The company made the petition to the City of Mesa in July after the rent on most of its 46-acre site automatically doubled during the last year under terms of the leases, first signed in 1983 when the company was known as Hughes Helicopters.