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.
Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating signed a bill creating an autonomous Aeronautics Commission. The commission, to become a separate agency next month, had been a part of the state DOT since 1976. “Aeronautics was always having to compete with highways and other departments within DOT for recognition and funding,” said AOPA southwest regional representative Jerry Hooper. “Now they will have more flexibility and control over their own programs.”
The Trajen FBO network added its 15th location last month with the purchase of the Million Air facility at Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City. In the coming months, Trajen said upgrades will include new ground service equipment, gourmet coffee from Peet’s, Trajen Connect Internet services and other changes to “integrate the new location into its branded network.”
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and former airline pilot Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) have re-introduced legislation to increase the mandatory retirement age of Part 121 airline pilots from 60 to 65. The two men believe the current regulation is outdated and changing it would save jobs and retain experienced pilots.
The Guthrie, Okla. Industrial Development Authority is giving Excel-Jet, developer of the four-seat Sport-Jet single-engine very light jet (VLJ), up to $5 million in incentives to relocate its facility from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Guthrie. Excel-Jet plans to move within 90 to 120 days, shortly after the expected first flight of its VLJ.
ConocoPhillips has redesigned its Web site to help pilots find Phillips 66 FBOs and allow FBOs to take advantage of new technology. For FBOs, Conoco-Phillips offers the new WebSmart 66 service, which allows FBOs to create their own Web site hosted on the Phillips system.
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