Flight students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus will be able to take advantage this fall of a full-motion level-D simulator that includes the ability to log a portion of the time toward the magic 1,000 hours they’ll need to earn a restricted ATP certificate. The aircraft is configured like a typical regional jet cockpit to offer experience in skills such as advanced decision making.
After delays of nearly a year, the U.S. Air Force has selected Sierra Nevada Corp. and its partner Embraer Defense and Security for its light air support program (LAS).
Cleveland Regional Jetport held its grand opening on January 25 in Cleveland, Tenn. Intended to replace nearby Hardwick Field, the $42 million project was completed in two years. According to Mark Fidler, the new airport’s director of operations and marketing, Hardwick required replacement because it was cost prohibitive for the city to acquire surrounding residential properties needed to expand the runway beyond its 3,300 feet.
The super-midsize Gulfstream G280 recently set 15 new city-pair speed records as part of the company’s reliability demonstration program, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced today. To date, the G280 has established 22 speed records since setting its first in May.
Sheltair is undertaking a $13.6 million facility expansion at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. The first phase includes a new 134,806-sq-ft hangar, complete with office spaces, that will open in the coming months. The hangar’s 28-foot-high doors will accept a variety of business aircraft, up to a Gulfstream G650. Phases two and three will increase the total area of the project from 11 to 18.92 acres and the square footage to 359,000. The final two phases will be under way next year.
FBO chain and airport real estate manager Sheltair is nearing completion on the first of three planned phases in a $13.6 million new development project at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Expected to open within the first quarter of the year, the first phase of the facility will include 134,806 sq ft of hangar and office space on more than 11 acres.
FBO chain operator TAC Air last week completed an extensive renovation to its facility at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb. Interior improvements included a new ceiling, wall and floor coverings; a refinished lobby with new furniture throughout the facility; remodeled restrooms; a modernized conference room; remodeled pilot lounge with HDTV and work stations; enhanced WiFi connections; and an upgraded weather/flight planning room.
Tennessee-based aviation services provider Crystal Air was selected from among several candidates to run the lone FBO at Apalachicola Regional Airport in Florida. The company received a five-year lease at the airport and expects to complete renovation of the 5,000-sq-ft terminal by the end of this month. The Phillips 66-branded FBO offers free Wi-Fi, a flight-planning room and courtesy car, and on-site car rental. It has 30,000 sq ft of hangar space and can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a GIV.
Privately owned asset management company Black Forest Ventures has purchased the Galaxy Air Services FBO at Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, Texas. One of three providers on the Houston-area county-owned airport, Galaxy was created in 2006, and its new owners plan to move it to a larger facility currently under construction on the southeast side of the airport, near the end of Runway 14-32. Black Forest was selected after a formal RFP process to create a new FBO at the airport, and was awarded a 40-year lease on the new 15-acre site.
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) will take the helm of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when Congress reorganizes in January. He will take the gavel from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who was prevented from serving another term as chairman because of Republican caucus rules. Shuster’s father, Bud, also served as chairman of the committee.