The Aspen Avionics Evolution primary flight display system received EASA STCs for installation in the Pilatus PC-6 and Beechcraft Bonanza 33, 35 and 36 series. The PC-6 STC was developed by Ruag Schweiz of Switzerland and the Bonanza STC by Germany’s Avionik Straubing. These STCs incorporate the most recent Evolution software, which received ETSO certification in April, according to Aspen.
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The deal to build an Extra EA-500 assembly plant in Montrose, Colo., has hit a significant snag. Earlier this summer, the company announced plans to assemble the $1.65 million single-engine turboprop at a site on the Montrose Airport and potentially hire up to 100 employees, but now county manager Jesse Smith maintains that the county cannot provide a key element of a $2.6 million incentive package–cash.
Republic Airways plans to continue operating three Bombardier Q400 turboprops from Denver this winter, reversing earlier plans to dismantle the fleet completely. As a result, Republic intends to continue to connect Denver with Aspen until at least April. Republic in February announced plans to replace all 11 Bombardier Q400s flown by its Lynx Airlines subsidiary with Embraer E170s and E190s.
X Jet, Exec Air Montana and Vail Valley Jet Center have joined the Avfuel dealer network. X Jet, based at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo., was chosen to be a premier Avfuel dealer. The company's elegant FBO terminal is flanked by two climate-controlled hangars. X Jet also offers auto storage and cleaning facilities, conference room and pilot and passenger lounges.
Mayo Aviation has expanded its charter/ management fleet to 18 aircraft with the acquisition of CharterOps of Portland, Maine. The purchase adds five aircraft–
Data from the FAA debunks the myth that fractional operators grab most of the holiday slots at the Colorado mountain airports, namely Eagle, Aspen and Rifle Airports. For the most recent holiday season (December 19 to January 4), fractionals accounted for 455 of the 1,467 slots at Aspen, which equates to 31 percent; 409 of 1,121 at Eagle (36 percent); and 191 of 484 at Rifle (39 percent).
Aspen Avionics is exhibiting at this month’s Heli-Expo convention in Houston, marking the first time the six-year-old company has had a presence at a helicopter show.
Traffic at Front Range Airport in Watkins, Colo., has grown rapidly, according to airport executive director of aviation Dennis Heap, due to seasonal closings of airports in the metropolitan Denver area and because Front Range offers “a low-cost and low-congestion alternative to the region’s primary commercial airport in Denver.” Front Range Airport has two 8,000-foot runways, heated hangars, aircraft maintenance and an FBO with catering, on-s
West Star Aviation has taken over maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE). The company has located two full-time maintenance technicians there, with Jim Benninger taking the position as Aspen airframe team leader. In addition, due to the close proximity to the company’s Grand Junction facility, it can staff the ASE operation as required to meet work demand.
Aspen Jetride, the charter operator that acquired the assets of Aspen Executive Air (AEXJet) after AEXJet filed for bankruptcy protection last year, has ceased operations and surrendered its operating certificate, according to an FAA spokesman. Aspen Jetride, formerly known as Jetride, finalized the AEXJet acquisition in January. The company was originally known as Pinnacle Air until it purchased Columbus, Ohio-based Jetride in 2006.