Canada’s Mechtronix has been selected to build a full flight trainer (FFT) for the Piper Meridian at its Montreal facility. The FFT is being acquired by OK Business Aircraft, which acts as the Piper dealer for central-eastern Europe. The contract was signed on the wing of the Meridian in the static park at EBACE 2013.
Atlantic Aviation has closed its FBO at Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT). The company had been operating on a short-term holdover arrangement since its lease expired in late 2011, while it pondered the future of its location at the airport.
Sittman Aviation, an FBO at Hawkins Field (HKS) in Jackson, Miss., has been sold to All About Planes, which will lease the facility to FBO Aero Jackson, which in turn will consolidate as the sole provider on the field. Hawkins serves as a reliever airport to Jackson-Evers International less than 10 miles away and features a 5,300–foot-long primary runway.
Cadorath Group and Meridian Aviation Consulting have joined forces to establish Meridian Helicopters. The company will focus on providing reworked parts distribution support as well as consulting, brokering and technical support for the global Bell Helicopter network.
Rolls-Royce broke ground last month on a $50 million jet engine test facility at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. It is the company’s second test facility on the site and is expected to generate 35 new jobs. It will be used to conduct research, development, crosswind, thrust reverse, cycle and endurance tests on all Rolls-Royce civil aerospace engines.
Meridian Jet Center was recently presented with two PAMA aviation achievement awards, the Carl Krajewski Award and the Maintenance Department of the Year Award. The association’s Carl Krajewski Award was presented to Robert “Bob” Kennedy, a 45-year aircraft maintenance veteran who has been with Meridian for the last five years. The second award was presented to Meridian Jet Center for Maintenance Department of the Year.
Asserting that growth is limited by its being part of a governmental agency, the Tupelo Airport Authority has issued a request for proposals from private operators to manage Tupelo Aviation Unlimited, the airport-owned FBO at the Mississippi airport. Once the bid process closes on February 10, the airport authority will establish a selection committee to review proposals and ensure that Tupelo chooses the best candidate. The length of the management contract is five years, by the end of which the authority’s goal is to be completely out of the FBO business.
Million Air officially opened its new $12 million general aviation complex at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport this week. The FBO complex includes a 12,500-sq-ft hangar, 20,000-sq-ft hangar and adjacent 3,000-sq-ft U.S. Customs facility, as well as 200,000 sq ft of ramp space.
Aug. 29, 2005, is a date few residents of the Gulf Coast will ever forget, as Hurricane Katrina, the costliest disaster in the history of the U.S., rolled ashore. The storm devastated a swath of coastline across several states, and among the hardest-hit communities were the cities of Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss. Visitors in many coastal areas there today can still see blank concrete slabs where buildings once stood.
Million Air expects its newest, and 29th, FBO to be open at the Gulfport-Biloxi (Miss.) International Airport by the end of next month, company officials said earlier this week during a media tour of the brand-new facility. The $12 million, 52,000-sq-ft building, which is currently “about 90 percent” complete, sits on a nine-acre site with more than 200,000 sq ft of ramp space.
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