Washington state resident and commercial pilot Paul Roessler was sentenced to four months home confinement on November 14 in U.S. District Court in Spokane, Wash., for being under the influence of alcohol while flying a Piper Seneca for a Seattle-based cargo operator. He was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, two years probation, ordered to attend substance-abuse evaluation and counseling and pay a $1,500 fine.
A U.S. District Court jury in Spokane, Wash., convicted commercial pilot Paul Roessler of flying an aircraft while under the influence of alcohol. Roessler was arrested following an April 2012 flight when air traffic controllers in the Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center and Spokane Tower reported the pilot demonstrated some questionable behavior. In one incident, he failed to contact the center via radio during his flight and upon arrival in the terminal area lined up with the wrong runway.
Aviation service chain Ross Aviation has purchased and combined Spokane International Airport service provider XN Air and the general aviation handling component of Spokane Airways into one FBO, making it the 15th location in the Denver-based company’s portfolio. In accordance with Ross Aviation policy, the combined facility will operate under the XN Air name as Spokane Airways will continue to exist as a flight school and maintenance provider.
Earlier this year, the biggest threat to airports included in the FAA’s Contract Tower Program seemed to be program-cut plans announced just before the passage of the FAA Reauthorization in February. According to the president of Melbourne, Fla.-based Quadrex, Dr. Dave Byers, other airports could again find their contract towers at risk for closure when the FAA issues a long-overdue update to its cost/benefit analysis structure.
JetTech Aerospace delivered its first BBJ green completion in February and shut its doors not long after. According to the company’s former v-p of completions, Colt Mehler, a stagnant economy was the reason the Spokane, Wash.-based completion and refurbishment center went out of business.
“We had just delivered a great [BBJ] and the owners were happy with it, but there was little follow-on business,” Mehler explained, “and the risk-versus-reward was no longer appealing.”
JetTech Aerospace has completed its acquisition of Cascade Aerospace’s Spokane, Wash. facilities and the new owner is Bret Burnside. A former executive with Cascade Aerospace, Burnside founded JetTech to acquire the Spokane operation, which Cascade sold in July 2010 to fill a need to “invest significant capital in its Abbotsford, B.C.