The General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s 2013 new-airplane shipment statistics show that new airplanes last year required a tad shy of 2,000 propellers. That might be a mere shadow of the 20,762 props for 17,580 aircraft required in the peak production year, 1978, but it’s an improvement on the 1,300 propellers shipped on new airplanes in 1987, the year Jim Brown and his family bought Hartzell (Booth 1817) from TRW.
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.
Boston Executive Helicopters’ long-planned FBO at Norwood (Mass.) Airport is stalled again amid allegations of ethical and criminal misconduct by members of the airfield’s administrative body, the Norwood Airport Commission. The company claims this infighting is intensifying a campaign being waged by certain members to thwart the planned FBO. City and state ethics and rulemaking officials are reviewing requests by the company to investigate the purported improprieties. Members were unavailable for comment, but documents obtained by AIN corroborate some of the allegations.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force honored the first aviation mechanic, Charles Taylor, by unveiling a bronze bust of his likeness for permanent display in the museum’s Early Years Gallery.A brilliant, self-taught man, Taylor began working in the Wrights’ bicycle business in 1896 and played an important role in their flying experiments for several years. Unable to find a manufacturer who could build an engine to their –specifications–no more than 180 pounds and delivering eight to nine horsepower–the Wright brothers turned to Taylor.
Fractional provider NetJets is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of its corporate ancestor, U.S. air charter and management company Executive Jet Airways, later renamed Executive Jet Aviation. The first celebration took place today at EBACE, with follow-on festivities scheduled for NetJets’ main headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, tomorrow; at the company’s offices in London on Thursday; and at NetJets Europe’s offices in Lisbon, Portugal, on Friday. EJA was founded on May 21, 1964, by a group of retired World War II U.S. Air Force generals led by Brigadier General O. F.“Dick” Lassiter.
The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 284 executive boards launched the NetJets Unions Coalition last week, citing “minimal progress and unjustifiable demands” during ongoing contract talks. NJASAP represents the more than 3,000 NetJets pilots, while Local 284 represents some 500 NetJets dispatchers, flight attendants, maintenance controllers, mechanics and stock clerks.
A busy year for upheaval in the fractional ownership and closed-fleet private aviation sectors reached a crescendo in December when Flight Options parent company Directional Aviation Capital completed its $185 million acquisition of Bombardier’s Flexjet program.
Immaculate Flight launched aircraft cleaning and detailing services today at six new airports in the greater Detroit and Toledo metro areas. These include Toledo Express, Detroit Metro Wayne County, Coleman A. Young Municipal, Ann Arbor Municipal, Willow Run (Ypsilanti) and Oakland County International Airports. The additions mark the company’s second regional location in Michigan, while also adding Ohio as the company’s 11th state where it provides service. With these openings, Immaculate Flight’s network now exceeds 80 locations in the U.S.
GAMA’s board of directors elected Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets, the association’s chairman for 2014. Taylor previously served as GAMA’s vice chairman of the board and as chairman of the flight operations policy committee. Joe Brown, president of Hartzell Propeller, was selected as GAMA’s vice chairman. He will also continue to serve as chairman of GAMA’s policy and legal issues committee. Meanwhile, GAMA’s board of directors approved Stevens Aviation as a member company.
Constant Aviation announced yesterday that it has relocated its interior outfitting operations to a new and larger 30,000-sq-ft facility at Cleveland International Airport. “In the last two years, our interior business has grown to the point that we needed to relocate the facility to a larger location with a better layout to increase productivity. The new facility is 30,000 square feet of space dedicated to our interior completion team,” said Dave Bowman, Constant vice president of operations for Cleveland.
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