If the Dart Helicopter Services booth (No. 866) here seems more crammed than it did at previous Heli-Expos, chalk it up to success. The Piney Flats, Tenn.-based company reports it added some 1,000 new accessories to its product portfolio last year, increasing its offerings to more than 2,500 aftermarket helicopter accessories. The company has 15 offices worldwide and distributes to customers in 120 countries.
Bell 206 JetRanger, Sabine Pass, Texas, Dec. 11, 2008–Five people were killed when the Rotorcraft Leasing JetRanger crashed into the Gulf of Mexico eight miles south of Sabine Pass. The flight was en route to an offshore oil platform in VMC. The commercial pilot took off from Sabine Pass and failed to make the first 15-minute position report required by company policy.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association brought together 22 representatives from the Dallas maintenance industry to plan next year’s March 6 and 7 PAMA Symposium.
The municipal airports in New Braunfels and San Marcos, Texas, aim to land larger aircraft and attract manufacturing firms to central Texas with refurbished runways and taxiways, drainage and signage. The Economic Development Partnership of Central Texas (EDPCT) is promoting the region while here at NBAA’08 at Booth No. 3471.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), ranking Republican on the Senate aviation subcommittee, has also become the ranking minority member of the full Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation following the July 29 indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on corruption charges.
Jet-fuel discount provider Best AeroNet formally opened its Lake Texoma Jet Center on the Sherman/Denison Grayson County Airport (GYI) last month and announced the formation of two other related businesses.
Dallas Airmotive senior manager of marketing Bill Barber, 61, retired last month after a decade with the engine maintenance company. Barber, who joined Dallas Airmotive in 1992, developed major marketing programs for the company, and managed Web site development and trade-show appearances.
The Ross Aviation FBO chain acquired Laredo Air Center in Laredo, Texas.
In a project that adds more than 45,000 sq ft to its Love Field facility, General Dynamics Aviation Services is expanding its Dallas Service Center by leasing a hangar from Signature Flight Support. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
West Star Aviation is increasing capacity at its Dallas Love Field facility to keep
up with demand for Citation, Hawker, Beechjet, King Air, Falcon and Learjet maintenance and avionics service and installation. The company has expanded