Port Columbus International Airport is slated to receive a new $1 million U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility dedicated for general aviation. The 2,740-sq-ft facility will be funded by Lane Aviation, one of two FBOs at the airport, which is also the home base for NetJets. Lane expects to break ground on the building this month, according to company president Brad Primm, who expects it to be completed by year-end. Currently international arrivals at the airport must first stop at the Port Columbus terminal before heading to one of the FBOs.
Pattonair has moved into a new 24,000-sq-ft distribution center in Indianapolis in support of growth related to its Rolls-Royce North America contract. The AmeriPlex-Indianapolis Business Park is five miles from Indianapolis International Airport. During the initial implementation of the contract in 2011 Pattonair established an interim building to begin operations. Pattonair provides kitting, line feed, distribution, aftermarket and MRO, consultancy, reverse logistics, warehouse management and supplier management.
Comlux Aviation Services and Signature Flight Support are hosting a party for aircrews and their guests visiting Indianapolis this Sunday for the big game. Signature will be providing transportation to the Comlux facilities at Indianapolis International Airport (IND) where half of an entire hangar will be devoted to the party. Wide-screen televisions will carry pre-game festivities and the game itself, and complimentary food will come in the form of more than 2,000 chicken wings, pizza and chili.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support has released its 2012 Quick Response Team special events schedule. The OEM provides on-site technical expertise and immediate support to owners and operators at popular business, political, sporting and lifestyle events around the world. The 2012 events include: Super Bowl XLVI (February 5); Daytona 500 (February 26); Masters Golf Tournament (April 5 to 8) in Augusta, Ga.; Indianapolis 500 (May 27); and the Summer Olympics (July 27 to August 12) in London.
The Indianapolis Police Department’s four helicopters have been grounded since earlier this year after its aviation insurance was allowed to expire. Police officials cited budget constraints.
Aircraft charter and management provider Comlux The Aviation Group has expanded its reach to the North American completion and refurbishment market with the purchase last month of Indianapolis Jet Center.
According to chief marketing officer Severine Cosma, the move is part of a growth strategy put into place by Comlux president and CEO Richard Gaona shortly after he assumed control of Comlux last November.
Bombardier’s repair facilities at Indianapolis International Airport are now the Indianapolis Jet Center. The Canadian company moved out on October 31, and Keeker Aviation reopened the doors the next day under the new name.
To clarify the consolidation effort under way at Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated, as reported in Tuesday’s AINalerts, a company spokesperson said that the Long Island, N.Y. and Columbus, Ohio facilities will be closed entirely within the next couple of months. The engine work performed at Long Island, as well as the engine work done at the company’s Springfield, Ill.