Geography of Illinois

August 4, 2013 - 2:15am
Mitch Semple, a manufacturing engineer at United Technologies Aerospace Systems, credits his participation in the JiET-A program with helping him land a full-time job at the company after graduation.

Think of a city considered an aerospace manufacturing hub: Seattle, Toulouse, Wichita, São Jose dos Campos and Montreal all come to mind.

How about Rockford, Illinois?

October 31, 2012 - 5:50pm
B/E Aerospace will open a new 38,000-sq-ft ecosystems assembly facility

For the third year in a row, the Rockford (Ill.) Area Aerospace Network (Booth No. 2930) is attending the NBAA Convention to demonstrate the region’s continuing growth as an aviation manufacturing hub.

February 1, 2012 - 1:40pm

Savoy, Ill.-based Flightstar has purchased the assets of Bloomington Avionics. Under the terms of the agreement the staff at Bloomington Avionics, as well as its assets and services, will transfer to Flightstar’s FBO facility at Champaign-Urbana’s University of Illinois-Willard Airport. Bloomington Avionics operated for more than 30 years at Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill., as an FAA Class I and II avionics repair station serving owners of high-performance single- and twin-engine aircraft.

December 28, 2010 - 10:56am

Landmark Aviation has added another FBO to its network after purchasing the assets of DB Aviation at Waukegan Regional Airport in Waukegan, Ill. The purchase brings the Landmark chain to 41 FBOs. “DB Aviation will be a great addition to our network, and will expand our presence in the Midwest,” said Landmark president and CEO Dan Bucaro.

October 6, 2010 - 1:00pm

StandardAero is now offering TFE731 heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul out of its 265,000-sq-ft production and support facility in Springfield. “We’re driving our business aviation unit back to our customer’s needs. We’d taken our eye off that mark and in the 12 months since last year’s NBAA we’ve done everything we said we would do,” Scott Taylor, senior v-p of business aviation, told AIN.

February 23, 2010 - 5:09am

DB Aviation, a Chicago-area FBO and charter operator based at Waukegan Regional Airport, has renamed its FBO DB Flight Center. The FBO added a 43,000-sq-ft hangar last year and recently added 11 jets to its charter/management fleet in various locations throughout the U.S. Waukegan Airport’s location outside the Chicago Class B airspace makes flying out of the airport much simpler. Onsite U.S. Customs is also available at Waukegan Airport.

February 27, 2009 - 9:10am

The FAA has released details of how general aviation traffic will be severely constrained when President Obama stays at his Chicago home. Operators wishing to fly to Midway Airport will have to obtain a TSA special events waiver and undergo TSA security screening at gateway airports Rockford International, Greater Peoria Regional or South Bend Regional before continuing to Midway.

December 2, 2008 - 9:43am

FBO chain Landmark Aviation has expanded the presence of its FBO at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Ill., with the acquisition of the assets of competing FBO First Class Air. This doesn’t change Landmark’s total FBO count, which remains at 42 facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. “This acquisition will make our presence stronger in the Springfield market,” said Dan Bucaro, Landmark’s president and CEO.

December 1, 2008 - 8:29am

Bell 222, Aurora, Ill., Oct. 15, 2008–The Air Angels medical transport helicopter hit a 734-foot-tall radio station tower, killing all four people on board, including the commercial pilot, a flight paramedic, a flight nurse and the patient. The accident occurred at 11:58 p.m. in clear weather. The strobe lights on the tower were working before the helicopter hit, but their electrical wires were severed in the crash.

October 9, 2008 - 5:38am

After buying Aurora Jet Center at Aurora State Airport in Oregon, new owner Metal Innovations signed a fuel provider agreement with Western Petroleum, and the FBO became a member of ExxonMobil’s Avitat network. Aurora is a convenient alternative airport for Portland-area traffic, only 22 nm from Portland International Airport and with a 5,000-foot runway. On November 1, Aurora Jet Center will open a new pilot lounge and dayrooms.

 
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