The FAA extended until October 6 the comment period for its proposal to clarify the agency’s policy that hangars are to be used only for storage or maintenance of aircraft. Compliance inspections have found that some hangars are “routinely used” to store vehicles and large household items. “In some cases, this storage interferes with, or entirely displaces, aeronautical use of the hangar,” the FAA said.
Maine-based MRO provider C&L Aerospace recently opened a new aircraft paint shop. The $3 million facility, a conversion of a 17,000-sq-ft hangar at Bangor International Airport, can accommodate an Lineage 1000, or it can be partitioned to hold a pair of aircraft the size of a Global simultaneously. The five-month, $6 million project refurbished two hangars and mated them with a newly built structure for an overall 120,000 sq ft of maintenance space capable of handling up to six jobs at once depending on the size of aircraft.
Privately held Avcom and state-owned Russian Technologies (Rostec) have teamed up on a new FBO project in Moscow area. Avcom president Eugeny Bakhtin, who previously established FBOs at Moscow’s Sheremetievo and Domodedovo airports, announced the $60- to $80-million project at Business Aviation Forum 2014, held in Moscow the day before the opening of JetExpo 2014.
Ameco Beijing is installing another tail dock at its four-bay hangar to handle growing overhaul workload. The design of the new dock, the fourth to be installed in this hangar, takes into account the needs of new aircraft types such as the Boeing 787 and 747-8. The hangar can be used at capacity with four docks, speeding turn-around time. The $1 million project is slated to be finished by the end of September.
The two huge hangars at Cardington airfield, 50 miles north of London, stand as witness to the golden age of the airships in the 1930s. Inside one of them, a successor to those giants of the sky is being prepared for flight. British company Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) is pursuing the goal held by so many proponents of lighter-than-air (LTA) and related technology for so many years. The goal of revolutionizing the air cargo market–and maybe also the persistent surveillance market–with buoyant lift.
With just two months before the 11th annual LABACE is held at São Paulo Congonhas Airport, Brazil, exhibitors gathered at organizer Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (Abag) last week to draw spaces in the remodeled exhibit area. “We’re working with the expectation that the fair will be smaller this year than in 2013, which was smaller than in 2012,” said Abag executive director Ricardo Nogueira.
The San Diego Superior Court in California recently ruled that three airplane hangars purchased and occupied on leased space at San Diego Brown Field are “removable trade fixtures.” As such, the court found that the hangars are the sole property of the tenant, Finch Aerospace, which operates the California Flight Museum. Finch subleased the space for the hangars from FBO Lancair, which argued that its master lease with the city gave it control over its tenants’ hangars. Therefore, it prevented Finch from selling or moving the hangars, a situation that led to the lawsuit.
In a ceremony complete with a band, acrobatic performers and lion dancers to bring luck and prosperity to the new facilities, and 150 spectators, Jet Aviation Singapore opened the doors of its 80,700-sq-ft hangar facility at Seletar Aerospace Park on May 31. Center stage was the MRO’s new $25 million, 53,800-sq-ft hangar erected adjacent to the company’s original facility.
More than 4,000 sq ft of Duncan Aviation’s new 175,000-sq-ft hangar in Lincoln, Neb., is dedicated to engines. “We’ve been in the new shop for only a few months but have already experienced a significant increase in work efficiency and improvement to the safety of our customers’ property,” said James Prater, manager of turbine engine services. “Before the move, all engines and their components would remain subject to being moved in the hangar.
Business aviation services group Jet Aviation (Booth P328) is set to significantly boost its maintenance capability in Asia when it completes construction of 79-foot (24-meters) high second hangar at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park by the end of this month. The new $25 million facility will triple the size of its present facility adding almost 54,000 sq ft of hangar space.
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