Metro Aviation, a helicopter completion, repair and service center and air medical services provider based in Shreveport, La., yesterday afternoon at Booth No. 1015 announced inauguration of a customer satisfaction, quality control and product development system it calls the I-Three program–for imagination, innovation and integration.
The Hangar Incorporated (THI) has entered an agreement with Shreveport, La. FBO TAC Air. Under the terms of the agreement, THI will operate the maintenance portion of the FBO services at Shreveport Regional Airport. THI was most recently contracted to be the maintenance provider for Wilson Air Center on Memphis International Airport, in Memphis, Tenn.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Start-up VLJ developer Excel-Jet is taking this saying to heart as it attempts to move its headquarters in exchange for local government financial support. Nearly two years ago, the Monument, Colo.-based company said it was moving to Guthrie, Okla., to take advantage of a $3 to $5 million incentive package from local and state resources.
It’s the helicopter equivalent of the “man bites dog” story. In a refreshing role reversal, the three major commercial helicopter operators at the Houma-Terrebonne Airport outside Houma, La., have allied to block a proposed 50-lot suburban housing subdivision.
Two years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, the FAA control tower has reopened. The new tower is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 119.9. Currently, Million Air is the sole FBO on the airport, although another FBO is getting ready to open, according to the airport’s fire department. Million Air was scheduled to break ground on a new permanent FBO terminal at Lakefront by the end of last month.
The state of Louisiana has approved Million Air’s plans to build a new FBO terminal at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. The airport suffered debilitating damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Million Air lost most of its buildings except for the historic 1930s-era Moffett Hangar, which has since been restored. Groundbreaking should take place this month.
Metro Aviation is celebrating 25 years in the helicopter completion, maintenance services and commercial flight operations business with the announcement at Heli-Expo of a move to a new facility it describes as “one of the largest of its kind in the United States.” Scheduled to open in June this year in Shreveport, La., the new digs will total 160,000 sq ft.
Five FBOs and a New York City heliport have joined the Atlantic Aviation chain en masse, bringing the network to a total of 18 locations. The new FBO locations include Burlington, Vt.; Gulfport, Miss.; Louisville, Ky.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Wilmington, Del. The deal also includes the East 34th Street Heliport in New York City.
Dial the number for Million Air at New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) and there is nothing on the other end. No recorded message about phone lines, no fast-busy tone to indicate a saturated circuit…nothing.
The eerie silence is indicative of the lack of hard information available about the airport on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, at least as of late last month. Only select personnel have been allowed to visit the site.
In the days following Hurricane Katrina, I watched the news and felt helpless. There were so many people in need and no “quick” way to respond. After seeing a segment about babies being airlifted out of hospitals and being separated from their parents, I jumped into action. I was certain that Jet Quest, the company I work for, could find these parents and get them to their children by flying them in our airplane.