Execair’s Birmingham FBO handled the lion’s share of corporate aircraft traffic flying in for the Ryder Cup golf tournament between September 27 and 29. The facility received around 80 flights over the weekend, with most of them being larger business jets. By comparison, Midwest Executive at the more distant Coventry Airport handled about a dozen aircraft, although in some cases these aircraft made multiple movements.
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Million Air Cleveland has installed a new security system at its Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL) facility that it hopes will become the prototype for other FBOs.
CAE last month inaugurated its aviation training center near Denver International Airport. The new facility, which specializes in the training of regional airline crews, is starting with three simulators: an Airbus A320 and two Bombardier CRJ200/700 devices. Frontier Airlines and Air Wisconsin are the launch customers. A third Bombardier CRJ200/700 simulator will be added next year.
Dateline September 1927: Lindbergh is just back from Paris, and being “air-minded” is the thing. Out in the Wild West, World War I Army flier, entrepreneur and promoter J. Parker Van Zandt creates a runway across a northern Arizona meadow at a place called Red Butte, begins building a hangar and prepares to launch the first commercial air tours over the Grand Canyon.
NetJets will remain in Columbus, Ohio, despite fierce competition from cities such as Raleigh, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; and Fort Worth, Texas. CEO Richard Santulli said the fractional provider will create a $200 million campus that will include a new FlightSafety training facility and will more than double the size of NetJets’ current facility. Santulli expects at least another 800 jobs will be created.
While many people may not be familiar with Maryland’s Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR), President Bush’s pilots are. Air Force One has landed there so the White House entourage could be transported by helicopter to nearby Camp David.
General aviation remains on the outside looking in at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) as federal government security agencies continue to stonewall even limited access to the popular facility by “qualified” GA operators.
In its ongoing battle with the Santa Monica City Council, which is trying to figure out a way to restrict jet operations at California’s Santa Monica Airport, the FAA filed an Order to Show Cause against the city last Wednesday. The city council last week adopted an ordinance that prohibits category C and D jets from using the airport beginning April 24.
Hawker Beechcraft plans to invest $14 million in its aircraft maintenance and service facility at Indianapolis International Airport, the company said. Additional facilities will include a 6,500-sq-ft terminal, a 40,000-sq-ft service hangar and 20,000 sq ft of back shops and administrative offices.
General Electric’s flight department was expected to move this month into its new 100,000-sq-ft hangar/office complex on 12 acres at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., about 50 mi north of Manhattan.