Three aircraft approaching Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah on August 17 became targets of ground-based laser pointers. The attacks occurred between 8 and 8:30 p.m. as the aircraft approached a point six miles south of the airport. No injuries were reported and all three aircraft landed without incident. The FAA says that to date 35 pilots have required medical attention after their aircraft were struck by laser pointer beams.
Salt Lake City International Airport
Tac Air’s two newest FBOs have become the latest additions to Phillips 66’s branded FBO network. Tac Air acquired Keystone Aviation’s two Utah locations in May. Operators who have their aircraft serviced at either location during the month of January will have their tail number entered into a drawing for 1 million Phillips 66 WingPoints rewards, to promote Tac Air’s joining the Phillips 66 network.
Texarkana, Texas-based Truman Arnold Companies has purchased controlling interest in Keystone Aviation of Utah. As a result of the deal, the company’s Tac Air chain gained the lone FBOs at Salt Lake City International (SLC) and Provo Municipal (PVU) Airports, bringing its total to 14 locations nationwide. Keystone’s other service subsidiaries, such as aircraft charter and management, sales and maintenance, will now operate under the new Keystone Aviation brand led by industry veteran Bill Haberstock.
Tooele County-Wendover Airport in Utah is now part of the Avfuel network. The airport is the jumping-off point for visitors to the popular Bonneville Salt Flats and features a World War II bomber museum housed in the renovated Army Air Force base hangars.
“The Salt Lake City Winter Olympics security plan is going to be the model of how not to do it. It’s going to go down in history as one of the most knee-jerk reactions to a crisis,” National Air Transportation Association president James Coyne told AIN.
The profound damage inflicted by the September 11 terrorist attacks brought changes to the U.S. airline industry the most prescient observer could not have envisioned three months ago. Twenty-percent industrywide capacity cuts, furloughs and layoffs, large-scale route transfers from mainline carriers to regional affiliates and aircraft delivery deferrals have all marked one of the most volatile periods in the industry’s history.
Salt Lake City is where the Transcontinental Railroad first came together in 1869. Today, it retains its dynamism as one of the fastest-growing major metropolitan areas in the U.S. It has one of the youngest populations, enjoys a diverse economy and is only minutes from some of the finest outdoor recreation–and not just snow skiing–in the country.
Not a single person interviewed by AIN expressed the opinion that the business aviation security requirements to fly to the Winter Olympics either made sense or did much to protect the Salt Lake City site from attack by air. Everyone was sympathetic with the intent but left cold by with the implementation.
Million Air at Salt Lake City International Airport was scheduled to have completed last month 30,000 sq ft of additional heated hangar space for business aircraft. Combined with pre-existing hangars, the new structure will provide Million Air SLC’s tenants and transient customers with a total heated hangar space of 170,000 sq ft.
Agusta A109K2, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 10, 2003–Life Flight 6 was destroyed, its instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight paramedic killed and a flight nurse seriously injured when the helicopter crashed at approximately 8:50 p.m. MST while attempting to maneuver in dense fog near Salt Lake City. N601RX was owned and operated by IHC (Intermountain Health Care) Health Services of Salt Lake City.