The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) hosted its air medical safety summit last month in Washington, D.C. Topics covered at the event included enhancing professionalism, data collection, coordinated communications, technology and developing a low-altitude infrastructure that supports the helicopter EMS community.
Inadequate infrastructure, excessive government fees, legal barriers and skills shortages are the main factors holding back the growth of business aviation in Africa, according to a policy document published yesterday by the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA).
Signature Flight Support has promoted Maria Sastre to president. She retains her position as COO. In her new role, Sastre is responsible for the daily operations of Signature’s international network of fixed-base operations and maintenance centers. Her focus as Signature’s COO has been on the development of a service and safety culture. Under her leadership, customer satisfaction ratings have increased significantly over the past three years, Signature has increased its footprint to 115 locations and invested in updating facilities and infrastructure.
Asset Insight has introduced a system that it claims accurately evaluates an aircraft’s maintenance condition for objectively comparing any aircraft, regardless of make and model. The Asset Grading System Process provides a simple-to-understand, uniform index for evaluating and comparing the technical condition of different aircraft.
Airport upgrades and the Next Generation Air Traffic System are part of the Obama Administration’s plans to invest more than $50 billion in the U.S.’s transportation infrastructure in the next year, the first installment of a six-year transportation strategy that includes creating an “infrastructure bank.” White House officials said the cost will be offset by raising taxes on oil and gas companies.
Nav Canada officially opened a new ATC tower at Kelowna International Airport in British Columbia. The facility has better visibility and uses the latest technology, according to Nav Canada. The new tower is located on the east side of the airfield, directly across from the terminal.
On November 28 a third runway with Cat IIIa ILS approaches at both ends became operational at Helsinki-Vantaa (Finland) Airport. Capacity at the airport is expected to double after terminal operations move to a site between the two main parallel runways. With the new runway, the airport can handle up to 50 operations per hour. Plans to move the operations center are being evaluated, based on traffic flow.
A proposed new airport in Panama City, Fla., has cleared a final hurdle. In a record of decision signed on September 16, the FAA said the proposed new airport meets all applicable environmental and safety guidelines. The plan for the new airport calls for two runways–one 8,400 feet long and another 5,000 feet long–on 4,000 acres 20 miles northwest of Panama City donated by the St. Joe Company. St.
As of May 1, the former Island Aviation FBO at Merritt Island Airport in Florida reopened as the second FBO owned by Atlas Aviation. Atlas’s first FBO is located at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa, Fla. Atlas plans to continue improving the hangar, lobby and office facilities at Merritt Island while offering visiting pilots and local operators fuel, maintenance, storage and office rental.