The National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) annual “Day on the Hill” attracted nearly 100 association members to the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., last Wednesday to visit members of Congress and their staff. The event started with a luncheon, and participants then dispersed for meetings with their congressional representatives.
Air BP Aviation Services has added five FBOs to its fuel dealer network, and all accept the Air BP Sterling Card. The new Air BP dealers are Altair Aviation, Laredo, Texas; Blair Airport near Blair, Neb.; Branson JetCenter at the new privately owned and funded Branson Airport in Missouri; Castle & Cooke’s Arlington, Wash. facility; and Five Star Jet Center at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield, Mass.
Bombardier DHC-6 Twin Otter 100, Hyannis, Mass., June 18, 2008–The Wiggins Airways Twin Otter was substantially damaged when it crashed during takeoff from Hyannis’s Barnstable Municipal Airport, killing the ATP-rated pilot. An IFR flight plan to Nantucket was filed for the cargo flight, but VMC prevailed at takeoff.
During Donald Staszko’s 42 years and 30,000 hours of flying and 32 years with American Airlines, he wisely built a real estate and commercial property development business. Although Staszko retired from the airline in December 2005 before the then-age 60 rule would have forced his departure, he had also made a well timed investment at Plymouth Municipal Airport in Massachusetts.
An amendment to Massachusetts’ recently approved 2002 budget (H.B.3207) will eliminate the 5-percent sales and use tax when aircraft and aircraft parts are sold in the state, starting in March. Even though the tax- break amendment was approved as the legislature completed its business for the year, state tax officials will need until March to make the required procedural changes that formally extinguish the tax.
Salt Lake City is where the Transcontinental Railroad first came together in 1869. Today, it retains its dynamism as one of the fastest-growing major metropolitan areas in the U.S. It has one of the youngest populations, enjoys a diverse economy and is only minutes from some of the finest outdoor recreation–and not just snow skiing–in the country.
A comparison of the small regional carrier Cape Air to the old television series Wings, which focused on the often humorous doings of a small Cape Cod-based regional airline, is inevitable. In truth, there are some similarities. It is a small operation, by today’s regional airline standards, based in Cape Cod at Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, Mass.
AIN has learned that Signature Flight Support and Mercury Air Centers have signed a letter of intent for Signature to buy Mercury’s base at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., outside Boston for $15.5 million in cash
The pilot of a Cape Air Cessna 402 lost consciousness during a scheduled flight from Martha’s Vineyard to Hyannis, Mass., on February 8, forcing a Cape Air security trainer on board to take the controls and make a gear-up landing in Provincetown, Mass. The pilot, Ronald Crews, 50, roughly 10 months ago voluntarily removed himself from duty just as he prepared to take off on another flight from Martha’s Vineyard.
Made up primarily of operators at Hanscom Field (BED) outside Boston, a new local business aviation group has formed. According to NBAA regional representative Dean Saucier, the group has been active in dealing with local political and economic issues, as well as issues relating to ATC. Massport, the port authority that controls BED, also operates Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).