Operators of some posh FBOs sometimes complain that pilots are “looking for Wal-Mart prices.” At Beaver Lake Aviation at Rogers (Ark.) Airport (ROG), that’s exactly what they’ll find. The FBO is a division of the massive retailer and grew out of its corporate flight department. Wal-Mart has a lengthy aviation heritage, with founder (and avid pilot) Sam Walton having traveled the country by air, seeking new store locations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently opened an office at Rogers Municipal Airport-Carter Field in Northwest Arkansas. The full-service CBP office is housed at Beaver Lake Aviation on the airport, which is owned by Wal-Mart Stores. Since offering this service, the airport has experienced a dramatic increase in international operations, according to NBAA. The airport is also planning to open a contract control tower in August.
Gerber Technology has begun expanding its business aviation activity with the sale two new Taurus XM cutting systems to interior components specialist B/E Aerospace. The machine is designed to reduce waste when cutting leather, fabrics, foams and vinyls.
John Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and a member of the company’s board, died in the crash of his experimental ultralight airplane in June. He was 58. Walton, a medic in the U.S. Army’s Green Berets during the Vietnam War, earned a Silver Star for saving the lives of several members of his unit while under intense enemy fire.