Premier Air Center, a maintenance specialist and full-service FBO at St. Louis Regional Airport, East Alton, Ill., has acquired West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo. (GJT). The deal also includes West Star Avionics of Hiawatha, Iowa. The West Star FBO at GJT is a keystone in the ski-country marketplace.
The AMTSociety has joined forces with Northrop Rice Foundation to generate scholarships for aviation maintenance-related education. Under the agreement, Northrop will administer the funds to be applied toward AMTScholarship awards.
Spotted what you think could be a UFO? Don’t call the FAA. Instead, contact the National Institute for Discovery Sciences (NIDS). A recent amendment to the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) states, “NIDS is the single point of contact recognized by the FAA in regard to UFO information.
Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft reported third-quarter pre-tax profits of $62.1 million and quarterly aircraft sales of $871 million, resulting in a backlog of $5.2 billion. The company delivered 75 business airplanes (10 Hawker 850XPs, eight 900XPs, 12 400XPs, five Premier IAs and 40 King Airs) in the third quarter, up slightly from the 72 business turboprops and jets shipped in the same period last year.
The sagging demand for turboprop airplanes cost 450 Bombardier workers their jobs last month, as the Canadian company handed out layoff notices to 310 production employees and 140 support personnel at its de Havilland plant in Toronto. The cuts affected some 9 percent of de Havilland’s 5,000-strong workforce.
Hawker Beechcraft has obtained FAA certification for the King Air 350ER (ER for extended range), which adds nacelle fuel tanks to raise the aircraft’s fuel capacity to 775 gallons and its max range to 2,570 nm, an increase of more than 1,000 nm over a standard King Air 350.
Hawker Beechcraft has certified a longer-range version of the venerable King Air 350 twin-turboprop, an airplane that can stay aloft longer than eight hours and boasts an IFR range of 2,570 nm, some 700 nm farther than the standard model.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90, Chattanooga, Tenn., Sept. 20, 2007–No one was killed when the King Air, on final for Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, lost power and crashed into a utility pole in a shopping center parking lot a half mile from the runway. The airplane was destroyed.
King Aerospace has launched what it calls the “Ultra VVIP Customization Program,” which will expand the Ardmore, Okla. shop’s capabilities well beyond its traditional midsize and large business jet refurbishment market. King was formed 14 years ago by Jerry King-Echevarria, who had previous experience with bizliner cabin refurbishment and completion work at Associated Air Center.