Congress once again ran FAA operations almost to the wire last month before finally agreeing on a 22nd “temporary” extension of the agency’s operating authority, thus preventing another partial shutdown of the FAA and a work stoppage affecting more than 200 airport construction projects and safety improvements.
Although the House approved a stopgap bill on Tuesday to avoid another partial FAA shutdown tomorrow, the measure has been bottled up in the Senate over procedural rules and the intransigence of one senator. Because the measure includes highway funding, Sen.
Regional Jet Center, located at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Bentonville, Ark., and AAR Aircraft Services at Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) in Oklahoma City, have signed renewal contracts with fuel provider Phillips 66 that will keep them as branded FBOs for another five years. Regional Jet Center is open 24/7 and specializes in quick turns.
For many years, AAR Aircraft Services has operated the sole FBO at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport, and it seems that activity is heating up at
the field. First, the grand opening of AAR’s new FBO there is planned for
this month, and dignitaries including Oklahoma governor Brad Henry and Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett have been invited to participate. In addition, FBO chain Atlantic Aviation is building a new FBO.
The manufacturing and repair operations of Limco Airepair will remain in Tulsa, Okla., rather than move to Kernersville, N.C., where Piedmont Aviation Component Services is located. “After careful consideration we felt the prudent thing to do is just stay put,” Bob Koch, CEO of Tulsa, Okla.-based Limco Airepair, told AIN. The company provides component maintenance and overhaul for airline and general aviation aircraft.
The Nordam Group board of directors promoted Bill Peacher to CEO of the Tulsa, Okla. manufacturing and maintenance company. Peacher, currently COO of Nordam Repair Group, takes over as CEO on January 1 from current chairman and CEO Ken Lackey, who remains with Nordam as executive chairman. “I am optimistic about the long-term future of this industry,” Peacher said.
Since it began flying a pair of 32-seat Fairchild Dornier 328JETs from its base in Tulsa, Okla., last April, Great Plains Airlines has been promoting plans to establish a new kind of regional airline, dedicated to providing nonstop service from the nation’s heartland to points throughout the U.S.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have expressed support for the “General Aviation Industry Reparations Act of 2001,” which will provide $2.5 billion in grant funding and $3 billion in loan guarantees for aviation businesses.
Supporters of federal government reparations for general aviation small businesses have vowed to continue their fight to compensate those companies victimized by the events of last September.
Oklahoma-based Nordam Group has opened a business aircraft interior components production center at the former 70,000-sq-ft Bomhoff Industries facility in Wichita.