The Texas DOT has awarded an $8.3 million federal grant for the first phase of a planned $20 million project to renovate and expand general aviation facilities at Sugar Land Regional Airport, reported the Fort Bend/Southwest Sun.
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Wreckage of an Era Aviation Sikorsky S-76 was found late last month, two days after it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles south of Galveston, Texas. Several bodies were also recovered. The twin-turbine helicopter, carrying two crew and eight passengers, was en route from Galveston to an oil platform when it went down.
PIPER PA-46-500TP, DAYTONA BEACH, FLA., DEC. 17, 2003–At 9:33 a.m. EST Piper Meridian N155BM was destroyed when it crashed into trees near Daytona Beach. The aircraft was operating under Part 91 on a personal flight in marginal VMC and was not on a flight plan. The non-instrument-rated private pilot and his only passenger were killed.
Bell Helicopter announced last month it is relocating its commercial business unit’s worldwide sales and marketing offices and the Bell Training Academy to the facility formerly occupied by Galaxy Aerospace/Gulfstream at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Texas.
The FAA has determined that a proposed privately funded business aviation airport west of Houston is “objectionable” because it would create overlapping traffic patterns with existing airports, including some private strips and the Class B airspace surrounding George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Still, developer Ron Henriksen of Houston vowed last month to realign the 7,000-foot single runway to assuage the FAA’s concerns.
Dallas Airmotive’s Carpenter Freeway production facility in Dallas has added overhaul-level authorization to its existing Honeywell 36-series authorized service center agreement. The new authorization covers all Honeywell 36-6, 36-100 and 36-150 APUs used in business and general aviation applications.
Aeros Aviation of McKinney, Texas, purchased McKinney Aerospace, a modification and service center also based in McKinney. Aeros Aviation is a new company that has developed in-flight entertainment, airborne communications and high-technology biometric airport security products. Aeros Aviation president Andrew Eros and executive v-p Randy Haler replaced McKinney Aerospace’s former owners, Oscar Smith and David Kitchings.
Bell plans to add about 200 jobs at its Amarillo assembly plant this year, as it gears up to meet expected demand for the V-22 Osprey. Some of the positions will be for engineers and other technical personnel now based at Fort Worth plants, confirmed a Bell spokesman, but “most of those positions [in Amarillo] will be new hires,” he said.
Our series on America’s best golf courses continues with a look at the three best modern courses in the South Central U.S., as determined by Golfweek magazine’s handpicked panel of 385 course raters. The raters, who are students of architecture, attend national workshops and each evaluate 15 to 20 courses per year.
Developers converting the former Air Rice Airport (78TX) near Katy, Texas, on Houston’s west side, to a business aviation facility now plan to call the airport Houston Executive instead of South Waller County, as announced last year. The new name “more accurately describes the location and purpose of the airport,” said Ron Henricksen of airport developer WCF.