UK-headquartered Animal Airways said it has seen “impressive” growth so far this year compared with 2009. The company helps to coordinate pet travel by air for those who are relocating or otherwise traveling.
European charter operator VistaJet reports that revenues grew by 20 percent last year and that the company has expanded its fleet of Bombardier jets to 26 from 19 and will take delivery of a total of five jets this year. “There was a huge sea-change as of about mid-February,” said VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, “after January had been slightly up.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last month for a 46,000-sq-ft general aviation complex at Page Field in Fort Myers, Fla. The new facility on the airport’s west side is scheduled for completion in June next year and it will replace the existing GA terminal. The $16.2 million complex will include a two-story 22,613-sq-ft terminal building, a 24,000-sq-ft hangar and a new jet-A and avgas fuel farm.
London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 953) has started a new development program. The airport will add a new 54,000-sq-ft parking/ramp area for business aircraft adjacent to the passenger terminal by mid-June; a new double-span hangar for business aircraft by early 2011; and a new hotel in time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
BLR Aerospace’s latest product, winglets for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 90 series twin turboprop, received certification in March by authorities in the U.S., Europe and Brazil. The new winglets are currently available for all King Air C90A, C90GT and C90GTi models. BLR expects to receive certification shortly for a winglet package designed to fit earlier King Air C90 and C90E models as well.
The Japanese Ground Self Defense Force has selected the Enstrom 480B turbine single as its next-generation training helicopter and is scheduled to take 30 of the aircraft between now and 2014.
Nominations have opened for the 2010 European Business Aviation Award, which is to be presented during this year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), organized by the European Business Aviation Association and NBAA.
Friends and family honored the memory of Dick Friel, 76, the flashy and well-loved marketing executive for winglet maker Aviation Partners, with a missing-man flyover on January 25 at Seattle Boeing Field. A memorial service was held for Friel at Boeing Field’s Museum of Flight, after which a formation of Learjets and a Falcon 900 flown by aviation luminaries passed overhead.
Over the last year, Van Horn Aviation (Booth No. 3409) has introduced new tail-rotor blades for the Bell 206 and 206L models that the company says significantly reduce noise, pedal forces and maintenance requirements and have a higher life limit than OEM blades. The new 206L tail-rotor blades received an FAA STC on February 8.
The 2010 Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award was given to Robert Peterson, a consultant with Columbia Helicopters of Aurora, Ore., at last month’s Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo event.