Desert Jet Maintenance has earned FAA Part 145 approval as a Cessna Citation certified repair station. Based at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, Calif., Desert Jet Maintenance offers airframe and engine repair, modifications, inspections and maintenance for all 500- and 600-series Citations. It also provides pre-buy inspections and maintenance management services.
Independent fuel supplier Avfuel has added several new venues to its network of dealers. Marthaís Vineyard Airport, in operation since 1947, is now a branded Avfuel FBO. As the sole services provider at the Massachusetts island airport, it will retain its independence.
Jean Ross Howard Phelan, a pioneering airplane and helicopter pilot, died early last month at the age of 87. During World War II she helped aviation legend Jackie Cochran run a base for the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). She learned to fly under the Civilian Pilot Training program (which later banned women from its ranks) and, in 1954, became only the eighth woman in the U.S. to get her helicopter rating.
The Palm Springs market has a new full-service FBO at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport. Tradition Aviation, started by a group of real estate developers who own