West Star Aviation has hired Ed Henry as regional sales manager. He will be responsible for the eastern territory of the U.S., including Washington, D.C., Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Henry has more than 40 years of experience in general and corporate aviation.
Cabin Comfort Systems is expanding its capabilities to include helicopter customizing, refurbishment and maintenance services for third-party operators. In addition to expanding facilities and service centers in Hagerstown, Md., and Philadelphia, it has named Grayson Barrows as the director of marketing and sales for its cabin comfort systems division. “Grayson’s responsibilities will include business development for new helicopter completions, pre-owned aircraft refurbishments and MRO services,” said the company.
Anticipating the end of the U.S. government’s 2013 Fiscal Year on September 30, nearly a dozen aviation organizations sent a joint letter late last week to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders asking them to provide continued funding in FY2014 for the 149 contract air traffic control towers at risk of closure under sequestration cuts.
The venue for the G8 Summit scheduled for mid-May has been moved from Chicago to Camp David near Frederick, Md. It will now be held at Camp David on May 18 and 19, which will affect aircraft flying into Hagerstown and Frederick Airports in Maryland, as well as Franklin County Airport in Chambersburg, Pa. The Martinsburg (W.Va.) Airport, which is the closest airport outside the restricted area, has an 8,800-foot ILS-equipped runway and a control tower.
Piedmont Aircraft last month launched as an aircraft sales company for pre-owned Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft. Industry veteran Tom Mekis is leading the company as president and CEO. Piedmont Aircraft has offices in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, N.C., and Leesburg, Va.
Sovereign Air recently opened at Henson Field in Hagerstown, Md., occupying the facilities of the former Aero-Smith FBO. The new operation offers fueling (Phillips 66), maintenance, catering, aircraft detailing, de-icing and quickturns. The 1,920 sq ft of terminal space contains a reception area, weather briefing room, crew lounge and conference area. A 5,500-sq-ft hangar is also part of the operation.
For Dan Naor, a helicopter owner and pilot and partner in the busy Baltimore Marine Center in the Maryland city’s downtown harbor, landing at the nearest airport was an inconvenience. “You can land at BWI or Martin,” he said, “but then it takes half an hour to get downtown.”
While many people may not be familiar with Maryland’s Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR), President Bush’s pilots are. Air Force One has landed there so the White House entourage could be transported by helicopter to nearby Camp David.
On May 9, procedures and an application process will be in effect for reimbursing FBOs and other providers of general aviation ground-support services at five airports in the Washington, D.C. area “for the direct and incremental financial losses they incurred while the airports were closed” after 9/11.
Although Mercury Air Centers/Corporate Wings won the bid to build an FBO at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) early last year, it might be some time before the company can get started on the project. “The acreage for the new FBO has been identified,” explained Richard Michaels, vice president of marketing for the FBO chain; “however, the airport is in the process of modifying the airport master plan.