McKinney Aerospace has been designated an authorized GE service center for engine work. Located on Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, Texas, the company now has the capacity to perform in-house inspections on GE’s CF34, which powers the Challenger 601 and 604.
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Arnoni Aviation of Houston has expanded its landing gear and accessory shops by moving them to a 25,000-sq-ft facility adjacent to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The new location includes more than 10,000 sq ft of environmentally controlled shop space. Planned expansion in Arnoni’s growing component overhaul services prompted the move.
Texas-based Sky Helicopters has opened new buildings at its Garland/DFW Heliport in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Located a few miles from downtown Dallas, the facility now includes a public terminal and office and a new hangar for up to 40 helicopters. Instructional facilities include a Flyit helicopter simulator, which Sky uses for ab initio, commercial, instrument rating and recurrent training.
Cutter Aviation recently broke ground for a new FBO to replace the company’s original facility at El Paso International Airport, Texas. The new 13,000-sq-ft terminal building and 20,000-sq-ft hangar are being built next to the control tower and are expected to open this winter. The current airport-owned facility is slated to be demolished.
Contrary to earlier reports that aircraft flying into the Dallas area from international departure points could clear U.S. Customs only through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, customs can be cleared at Addison Airport, Dallas Love Field and any other general aviation airport in the area. Nevertheless, operators are advised to verify customs clearance procedures before departure.
Ship it AOG, a business aircraft parts distributor, has relocated to a larger facility at Dallas Addison Airport. A new 7,000-sq-ft space is nearly five times the size of the previous headquarters.
Bombardier plans to break ground this month for a 100,000-sq-foot addition to its service center at Love Field in Dallas to accommodate the OEM’s Challenger and Global business jet lines. The new facilities are scheduled to open next fall.
Dallas Airmotive is opening a new 22,600-sq-ft warehouse at its Forest Park turbine engine repair and overhaul facility in Dallas.
James Donlan, former president and CEO of Dallas Airmotive, died July 23 from an apparent heart attack. He was 49. On July 21, former Dallas Airmotive manager of marketing communications Patrick DeBlanc passed away at age 60.
The FAA said it has no objection from an “airspace utilization standpoint” to a plan to develop Air Rice Airport, a private facility near Katy, Texas, into a public-use business aviation airport. The private developers have renamed the field South Waller County Airport and hope to start construction within six months to extend the runway.