The Tampa Bay Aviation Association (TBAA) has set September 18 as its 4th Annual Safety Day. Daniel Slapo, chairman of TBAA’s Safety Committee, told AIN, “We’re averaging from 80 to 120 people every year, depending upon the topics. We partner with our local aviation authorities from St. Petersburg Clearwater Airport and Tampa International Hillsborough Airport Authority. We talk with them about our goals as an association, come up with a list of topics then ask our members who they recommend we get as speakers. This year’s program will be covering maintenance issues.” St.
Earlier this month Landmark Aviation began operations at the former Signature Flight Support FBO at Tampa (Fla.) International Airport. The facility includes 44,500 sq ft of hangar space, in addition to a passenger lobby, pilot lounge, executive conference room, snooze room and flight planning center. Services include fueling, ground handling, concierge and hangar and office rentals.
The aviation authority at Tampa International Airport has awarded the 20-year lease of one of its two FBOs, formerly operated by Signature Flight Support, to Landmark Aviation. Landmark edged out competitors Signature, Atlantic and Ross Aviation for the right to operate the facility, which pumps nearly two million gallons of fuel a year and houses approximately 20 aircraft.
Chromalloy, a supplier of components, PMA parts and specialized component repairs for turbine engines, is investing $16.5 million in an expansion of its Tampa engine component production facility to offer additional casting capabilities. Operational improvements at the facility have already begun, with new equipment, including vacuum furnaces, slated for installation in July.
Chromalloy, a supplier of components, PMA parts and specialized component repairs for turbine engines, is investing $16.5 million in an expansion of its Tampa engine component production facility to offer additional casting capabilities. According to Chromalloy president Armand Lauzon, Florida and Hillsborough County approved performance-based tax incentives totaling $585,000 for payment over a period of six years.
Texas Aviation Services has been awarded a fourth contract from the police department of Tampa, Fla., to modify one of the city’s new law enforcement helicopters.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently delivered the first of an order for five C-37A special mission versions of the GV to the U.S. Air Force. The lease and support service agreement is valued at $477 million and the remaining aircraft are slated for delivery at intervals through September next year. The first aircraft was delivered at Gulfstream’s Savannah, Ga.
The FAA withdrew a 1998 proposal that would have raised the floor of the Tampa, Fla. Class B airspace from 1,200 feet msl to 3,000 feet msl and made other changes in anticipation of reduced military traffic from MacDill Air Force Base. But military traffic has actually increased, prompting Tampa ATC and MacDill officials to convince the FAA to retain the current configuration
of the airspace.
Tampa International Jet Center (TIJC) at Tampa International Airport has upgraded its crew cars to include an X-Type Jaguar and Ford Mustang convertible. Mike Azzarelli, president of TIJC, said, “We appreciate the fact that pilots don’t want to hang around the FBO all day, so we felt we should provide them a classy way to enjoy some of the great attractions the Tampa area has to offer.”