Geography of Texas

October 22, 2014 - 3:50pm

Aircraft maintenance provider BBA Aviation (Booth 228) came to NBAA 2014 with the announcement that subsidiary companies Dallas Airmotive and H+S Aviation will open new facilities in Dallas and Abu Dhabi to support designated overhaul facility (DOF) approval for Pratt & Whitney Canada.

H+S Aviation is scheduled to open its Abu Dhabi center this December to support the PW200, PW210, PT6C-67 and PT6T engines, while a new facility opening in the first quarter of 2015 at DFW International Airport will offer MRO capabilities for the PW200 and PW210.

October 20, 2014 - 12:10pm

Cutter Aviation (Booth 4200) has promoted Calvin Martin to the position of general manager of its FBO at the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. A native of Dallas, Texas, he joined the company a decade ago and has experience in several of the full-service aviation company’s businesses.

Starting as a line service technician Martin worked his way up through supervisor and line manager positions to facility manager of Cutter’s maintenance location at Addison Airport in Dallas. He also has experience in parts expediting and shipping and receiving.

October 20, 2014 - 10:20am

During the NBAA show, turbine-engine-overhaul and repair specialist Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation subsidiary, is rebuilding a PT6A engine live at the BBA Aviation booth (228). The company is also overhauling its corporate structure to accommodate its recently opened full-service PT6A service center. The new shop is established in a renovated and enlarged 10,000-sq-ft hangar at Dallas Love Field. At a party there last month, Dallas Airmotive celebrated its 50th anniversary, as well as its half-century involvement with the legendary Pratt & Whitney Canada turbine powerplant.

September 22, 2014 - 12:50pm

The newest phase of the FAA’s NextGen airspace redesign, tagged the “North Texas Metroplex” project, took effect September 18 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the addition of a number of new arrival and departure procedures. The new procedures replace the older standard terminal arrival routes (Stars) and standard instrument departures (SIDs) at Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL) airports.

August 18, 2014 - 10:40am

EagleMed has installed an automated weather observing system at Eagle Pass, Texas, that will allow the air medical operator’s fixed-wing aircraft to serve patients in the San Antonio region during inclement weather. EagleMed bases a King Air C90 at San Marcos, Texas, to serve the Eagle Pass area. The new weather system will also serve EagleMed’s sister companies, AirEvac Lifeteam and Reach, which base medically outfitted helicopters at Eagle Pass, Pearsall, Carrizo Springs and Laredo.

July 29, 2014 - 6:30pm

Backed with cash from Asian investors, the relaunched Mooney International has spent the last eight months hiring staff at both its Kerrville, Texas production plant and its new Chino, Calif. headquarters and R&D center. The company now employs 150 and recently completed its first aircraft–an M20TN Acclaim Type S–since the new investors took control. That aircraft was the first new Mooney off the production line in Kerrville in five years. It was sold via auction and delivered to the customer’s representative on Tuesday at EAA AirVenture 2014.

July 29, 2014 - 3:00pm

Fractional aircraft ownership firm Executive AirShare hired industry veteran Pete Pedicino as regional vice president of sales for Dallas and South Texas. In his new role, Pedicino “will drive Executive AirShare’s growth in key Texas markets.” The company now serves customers in Houston, San Antonio and Austin, and has served customers in Dallas and Fort Worth since 2006. Pedicino has spent the past 14 years in the fractional aircraft ownership industry, most recently as senior vice president of sales with NetJets.

July 10, 2014 - 3:50pm

The first Bell 525 Relentless super-medium twin helicopter is moving closer to final assembly at Bell Helicopter’s plant in Amarillo, Texas. Matt Hasik, Bell’s senior vice president of commercial programs, told AIN that the three main cabin sections will be joined within the next few weeks. He also said that the first carbon-fiber, all-composite main rotor blade for the 525 has been completed and is undergoing testing.

June 26, 2014 - 3:16pm

Flight-test operations have begun at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site, which last week became the fourth operational site of six authorized in the U.S. by the FAA. The agency granted the university a two-year certificate of authorization (COA) to fly the 85-pound American Aerospace Advisors’ Recon System-16, based on the Arcturus T-16XL fixed-wing aircraft.

May 21, 2014 - 10:20am

Dallas Airmotive has identified a site at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as the location for its proposed 30,000-sq-ft advanced test facility. Slated for groundbreaking in late July, the facility is awaiting approval by the DFW Airport board of directors. It will have three turboshaft and three turbofan test cells, a centralized control room, and a 15,000-sq-ft pre- and post-test preparation area. The facility is expected to be completed and operational by the first half of next year.

 
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