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.
The FAA is proposing a $295,750 civil penalty against SkyWest Airlines for allegedly violating DOT drug-and-alcohol testing regulations. The agency alleges SkyWest failed to include more than 150 safety-sensitive employees in its random drug-testing pool. Further, SkyWest allegedly failed to receive verified negative drug test results for two other employees before hiring one for and transferring the other to safety-sensitive positions.
Duncan Aviation’s location in Provo, Utah, has been designated by Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation as an approved aircraft maintenance organization. In addition, the company’s Battle Creek, Mich. location recently received approval from the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation. Besides the FAA, Duncan Aviation’s locations in Lincoln, Neb., Battle Creek and Provo hold certificates from 10 more civil aviation authorities around the world.
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.
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.
In an effort to attract aviation industry to the region, Provo, Utah, has agreed to spend $115,000 in site preparation costs at its municipal airport to help Duncan Aviation develop the company’s third full-service business jet facility, which it initially planned to open there next year. The economy has prompted Duncan to defer groundbreaking indefinitely and opt instead to lease hangar space from FBO Million Air.
By August next year, Duncan Aviation will have a new maintenance facility in Provo, Utah, in a 15,000-sq-ft hangar leased from Million Air Provo.
Duncan Aviation plans to build a new, 320,000-sq-ft facility at Provo Municipal Airport in Utah. Scheduled to open by August 2010 and representing an initial investment of “around $20 million,” it will provide services including airframe, engine, avionics, interior completion and exterior paint. Duncan already operates two similar full-service centers, one at its headquarters in Lincoln, Neb. and one in Battle Creek, Mich.
By August 2010, Duncan Aviation will open its third full-service business aviation maintenance facility–at Provo Municipal Airport in Utah. The new facility will offer maintenance services similar to those available at Duncan’s locations in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich., including heavy maintenance and modifications on Falcons, Challengers, Learjets, Hawkers, Citations, Embraers and Gulfstreams, according to a spokeswoman.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A100, Moab, Utah, Aug. 22, 2008–All 10 people on board the King Air, including the commercial pilot, were killed when it crashed under unknown circumstances three miles from Moab. The aircraft, operated by Leavitt Group Wings in Cedar City, Utah, was destroyed. It had taken off from Canyonlands Field, near Moab, where the medical personnel had worked in a clinic, en route back to base.
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