NBAA recently awarded five college students a $1,000 NBAA/UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, open to anyone studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions. The 2012 recipients are Steven Santucci (Purdue University); Jonathan Sievert (University of North Dakota); Derek Stewert (Purdue University); Zachary Waller (University of North Dakota); and Maksym Wysocki (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University).
Shell has announced three new additions to its FBO network. Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg, W.Va., and Summit Aviation in Middleton, Del., both former Exxon customers, along with Richmond Jet Center in New Bern, N.C. have joined the more than 400 FBOs in the provider’s network.
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Avfuel has added Hoosier Aviation (previously the Terre Haute Air Center) located at Indiana’s Terre Haute International Airport/Hulman Field, and the TMA Group, the sole provider at Cambridge Municipal Airport in Cambridge, Nebraska as branded dealers.
Comlux Aviation Services and Signature Flight Support are hosting a party for aircrews and their guests visiting Indianapolis this Sunday for the big game. Signature will be providing transportation to the Comlux facilities at Indianapolis International Airport (IND) where half of an entire hangar will be devoted to the party. Wide-screen televisions will carry pre-game festivities and the game itself, and complimentary food will come in the form of more than 2,000 chicken wings, pizza and chili.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support has released its 2012 Quick Response Team special events schedule. The OEM provides on-site technical expertise and immediate support to owners and operators at popular business, political, sporting and lifestyle events around the world. The 2012 events include: Super Bowl XLVI (February 5); Daytona 500 (February 26); Masters Golf Tournament (April 5 to 8) in Augusta, Ga.; Indianapolis 500 (May 27); and the Summer Olympics (July 27 to August 12) in London.
Private FBO operator Gary Jet Center, the sole service provider at Gary/Chicago International Airport, has broken ground on a 40,000-sq-ft hangar that will eventually house its offices and FBO. The construction project involved the demolition of a pair of 1950s Quonset hangars to make room for the new structure, which is scheduled for completion next January and will bring the company’s total managed hangar space to more than 100,000 sq ft.
The opening of a new runway for civil use is a rare event, but even more unusual when that runway is 12,501 feet of smooth pavement, specifically the joint military-civil-use Grissom Air Reserve Base in Peru, Ind. Grissom ARB, previously available to civil operators with prior permission only, was formally opened to regular public use during a dedication ceremony held on September 17.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Greensburg, Ind., June 1, 2008–The Skydive Greensburg Caravan was at 7,000 feet msl, with 14 skydivers aboard, when the pilot heard an explosion followed by a metal grinding noise coming from the engine. The airplane vibrated and smoke filled the cabin. The engine quit and the pilot shut off
As of July 1, the state of Indiana can no longer impose a use tax on the value of aircraft temporarily located in the state for refurbishment, maintenance and overhauls.
Kenneth Allison has added another FBO, the former Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana, to his group of Million Air-branded facilities, bringing the total to seven FBOs. Million Air Lafayette moved into modular offices in the middle of last month and planned to demolish the old terminal building shortly thereafter to make way for a new 15,000-sq-ft terminal.
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