Landmark Aviation completed the acquisition of Ross Aviation’s network of 18 U.S. FBOs on Friday. The former Ross Aviation facilities, which are now operating under the Landmark banner, are located in major cities and resort destinations within the U.S., including Denver; Santa Fe, N.M.; Miami; and six locations in Hawaii. The acquisition increased the size of Landmark’s network from 57 to 75 locations globally.
Textron’s TRU Simulation + Training subsidiary acquired ProFlight, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based FAR Part 142 training center specializing in the Cessna CitationJet and Conquest, as well as Pro Line 21 avionics. Since it was founded in 1988, ProFlight has trained thousands of pilots and continues to grow “as its training model appeals to a broad range of pilots, from owner operators to corporate aviation departments.” ProFlight will continue to operate from its Carlsbad facility.
Sandia Aerospace has developed a low-cost standby display, the SAI 340-Quatro, which retails for $3,595. The Quatro provides airspeed, attitude, altitude and slip indications in a lightweight instrument that fits into a standard three-inch instrument hole. The Quatro weighs half a pound and is just 1.4 inches thick. The unit’s lithium-polymer battery provides power for up to two hours. Certification is pending.
A General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper crashed into Lake Ontario November 13 after a satellite link to the drone failed. The Reaper was being operated by the 174th Attack Wing from Wheeler Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum, N.Y., in military controlled airspace above 18,000 feet when control was lost. Another drone, an MQ-1B Predator, crashed at Holloman AFB New Mexico a month ago.
Cutter Aviation has embarked on a $1.75 million expansion and renovation project on its facility at New Mexico’s Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ). The $250,000 modernization of its FBO terminal includes the refurnishing of the lobby, conference room and pilots’ lounge areas. The FBO is home to approximately 50 airplanes, nearly half of them turbine-powered, and its 75,000 sq ft of hangar space has been filled to capacity for the past several years, according to company president Will Cutter.
Approximately 350 aviation workers, pilots and enthusiasts in New Mexico joined with elected officials and alphabet group leaders yesterday at Cutter Aviation in Albuquerque for a general aviation jobs rally hosted by the General Aviation Manufacturing Association (GAMA.)
On May 4 Boeing flew for the first time an F-16 that the company has converted for pilotless flight under the U.S. Air Force’s Full-Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) program. The flight took place at Cecil Field, near Jacksonville, Florida. A Boeing test pilot took the aircraft up to 41,000 feet during the 66-minute sortie.
Eighteen years ago, Presidential candidate Ross Perot referred to “a giant sucking sound” of U.S. jobs moving south to Mexico. According to union officials in Wichita, “the air capital of the world,” that sucking sound is as real today as it was in 1992, and Mexico appears to remain the destination of choice.
The trend of airports adding solar power systems is growing in the southwest U.S., which sees more sunny days each year than other parts of the country. Sacred Power of Albuquerque, N.M., installed a 10-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array at White Sands Regional Airport in Alamogordo last November.
Congressional aviation committee and subcommittee leaders from both sides of the political aisle held onto their seats Tuesday, but some long-time friends of general aviation fell by the wayside. With 99 percent of the vote tallied by late afternoon yesterday, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), ranking Republican on the Senate Transportation Committee, appeared to have retained his seat.
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