Fargo Jet Center (Booth 327) welcomed news yesterday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reinstated 24-hour customs clearance at its base in Fargo, North Dakota, following service disruptions resulting from automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.
Fargo Jet Center officials made the long journey to Dubai to highlight the FBO’s convenience as a point-of-entry for business jets flying to the U.S. from Europe and the Middle East.
Fuel distributor Avfuel has bolstered its network of more than 600 branded FBOs with the addition of four new dealers. London City Airport Centre is the latest location in the company’s recent UK expansion. The dual-use airport, the closest to central London, celebrated several milestones this year, including its millionth flight, 35 millionth passenger and 25 years of operation.
The Bakken shale, a vast, oil-rich 200,000-square-mile formation that stretches across Western North Dakota and into parts of Montana and Canada, represents a significant opportunity for aviation. Beneath it lies an estimated 18 billion barrels of oil. Between three and four billion barrels–as much oil as there is under the Gulf of Mexico–are recoverable using current technology. Exploration of the Bakken is still in the early stages, but as many as 40,000 production wells could eventually be drilled in the area.
A new 3,600-sq-ft customs-clearance facility has been constructed at Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota, on the north general aviation ramp between two of Fargo Jet Center’s main hangars. It is equipped with the latest technology to expedite U.S. Customs clearances and improve the experience for international passengers. Fargo Jet Center is exhibiting here at EBACE (Stand 456).
Kestrel Aircraft CEO Alan Klapmeier pushed the recall button on January 16 and cashed in to the tune of potentially $118 million. The company is abandoning its plans to set up production of its single-engine turboprop K-350 in Maine in favor of Superior, Wis.
Fargo Jet Center, an FBO at North Dakota’s Fargo International Airport, is assisting with a global beef airlift to Astana, Kazakhstan. Starting this month, about two flights will depart for Kazakhstan per week, each loaded with approximately 195 North Dakota cattle. A total of 14 flights are scheduled.
In the aftermath of the FAA’s new rule requiring reregistration of aircraft every three years, news media reports that the FAA had “missing data” on as many as 119,000 of the 357,000 U.S.-registered aircraft prompted a U.S. senator to call for congressional hearings.
Reacting to news reports that the FAA has missing data on nearly 120,000 of the nation’s 357,000 registered airplanes, retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), chairman of the Senate aviation subcommittee, is recommending holding congressional hearings. In 2007 and 2008, the agency warned that the problem was causing loopholes that terrorists, drug traffickers and other criminals might exploit.
The GAMA board recognized Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) for their “unwavering” support for general aviation. Both legislators will retire at the conclusion of their current terms. As a pilot from a rural state, Sen.