Signature Flight Support acquired two FBOs in Mobile, Ala., from Azalea Aviation yesterday–Mobile Air Center at Mobile Regional Airport and Downtown Air Center at Mobile Downtown Airport. With the two facility additions, Signature now has 111 FBOs in its worldwide network. Mobile Air Center features 60,000 sq ft of hangars and a 16,000-sq-ft executive terminal and customer offices, while Downtown Air Center has 45,000 sq ft of hangar space and a 5,000-sq-ft terminal.
Gulf of Mexico
An ATR 72-212 turboprop operated by Cuba’s Aero Caribbean crashed on November 4 in the central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus, killing all 61 passengers and seven crewmembers. Flight 883, en route from Santiago de Cuba to Havana, lost contact with air traffic controllers at about 5:40 local time, after declaring “an emergency situation.”
Bell 206 JetRanger, Sabine Pass, Texas, Dec. 11, 2008–Five people were killed when the Rotorcraft Leasing JetRanger crashed into the Gulf of Mexico eight miles south of Sabine Pass. The flight was en route to an offshore oil platform in VMC. The commercial pilot took off from Sabine Pass and failed to make the first 15-minute position report required by company policy.
West Bend, Wis.-based EMS-Link, with help from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and other partners, plans to introduce a program for remote monitoring of the vital signs of passengers or crew of corporate aircraft. According to CEO Paul Egan, EMS-Link allows real-time transmission of a patient’s vital signs over any standard narrow-band telephone connection.
An airborne telemedical emergency-assistance kit is an item often overlooked in the interior completion and refurbishment process, particularly on smaller aircraft. Now ER-Link of West Bend, Wis., is offering a solution in the form of an FAA-approved kit designed specifically for use in small business aircraft. It offers the advantage of simultaneous voice and data transmission.
CJ Systems Aviation Group is expanding its Baptist Hospital LifeFlight aeromedical program in Pensacola, Fla., with a second base at Mobile, Ala. Baptist Hospital and CJ Systems have taken over responsibility for air-transport services from an operation formerly managed by the University of South Alabama Medical Center.
Lou Pepper, president of Atlantic Aviation, today told AIN he was “saddened and disheartened” by the lack of news about how the Atlantic FBO at New Orleans Lakefront Airport weathered Hurricane Katrina. “You’d think this was 1955 rather than 2005,” he said.
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.
Cuba’s flagcarrier Cubana de Aviacion and domestic operator AeroCaribbean are seeking between 20 and 30 regional airliners that it wants to introduce beginning in 2008. It is considering the following twin turboprops: Ukraine’s Antonov An-148, the Russian Ilyushin Il-114, the French-Italian ATR 42/72 family, the Canadian Bombardier Dash-8Q Series and China’s Y-7/MA-60.
Inspectors waded through flooded refineries and helicopters passed over wounded drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico early last month, as oil companies struggled to assess how long it would take to recover from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.