Piper Aircraft’s two-year search for a new home came full circle yesterday afternoon when the company announced it will stay in Vero Beach, Fla. Just minutes after the big announcement, AIN sat down with Piper president and CEO James Bass to find out why the aircraft manufacturer chose Vero Beach over Albuquerque, N.M., and Oklahoma City, the other finalists.
Piper Aircraft yesterday afternoon made it official that the aircraft manufacturer is staying put in Vero Beach, Fla., following a two-year site-selection process that pitted Vero against Albuquerque, N.M., and Oklahoma City. Piper president and CEO James Bass and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist jointly made the announcement before the company’s 1,200 workers, who enthusiastically cheered the decision to stay in Indian River County.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Houston-based aircraft handling agent Air Routing International are preparing an online professional development program for business aviation schedulers. The program will be offered by NBAA and will be modeled after the association’s corporate aviation management certificate program for flight department managers.
It is common knowledge within the field of aviation that there is a diminishing pool of pilots and mechanics from which to fill a growing demand. But the situation is not quite so simple. Gary Kiteley, executive director of the University Aviation Association, said that while enrollments in collegiate aviation programs began increasing about three years ago, it is important to consider the inherent time lag in producing viable employees.
BELL 206L-1, NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLA., FEB. 16, 2002–A pilot and his revenue passenger died while trying to land at the Spruce Creek Airport (7FL6), a residential air park six miles south of Daytona Beach (Fla.) International Airport. The Part 135 air-taxi flight, operated by Universal Air Service, originated from Orlando, Fla., at 0550.
PIPER PA-31-350, HOLLYWOOD, FLA., JAN. 1, 2002–One passenger died and four others were seriously injured when the pilot was forced to ditch into the Atlantic Ocean after declaring a minimum fuel condition to Miami Center. The flight was en route from North Eleuthera Island to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). As the pilot received a handoff to the FLL tower, he declared an emergency.
At the request of airport authority Massport, Signature at Boston Logan Airport (BOS) relocated its aircraft parking area on August 10 from the south end of the ramp area to the north-side cargo area. Temporary buildings with telephones and computer terminals are being installed, but the existing Signature terminal is a 20-min van ride from the new parking area.
On Tuesday, Boca Raton, Fla.-based DayJet made the difficult decision to put its growth plans on hold after not being able to obtain another $50 million in funding to move to the next stage. As a result, the per-seat, on-demand air-taxi operator laid off 100 of its roughly 260 employees and now plans to sell or lease out 16 of its 28 Eclipse 500s. Listen to DayJet president and CEO Ed Iacobucci tell the story in his own words.
Starlite Aviation Catering has opened a facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,“just minutes from Hollywood International Airport.” It is the first major expansion for the company, established in 1985 and headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla. The new location will handle orders through its West Palm Beach call center but will serve half a dozen Fort Lauderdale-area airports, including Kendall-Tamiami, Miami International and Opa Locka.
“When it comes to executive protection in an aviation environment, the most common problem is a breakdown in communication between security personnel and the flight department,” Greg Light told AIN. Light, an instructor for the Executive Protection Institute, teaches a corporate aircraft security seminar.