Dateline September 1927: Lindbergh is just back from Paris, and being “air-minded” is the thing. Out in the Wild West, World War I Army flier, entrepreneur and promoter J. Parker Van Zandt creates a runway across a northern Arizona meadow at a place called Red Butte, begins building a hangar and prepares to launch the first commercial air tours over the Grand Canyon.
Geography of Arizona
Grand Canyon air-tour proponents received yet another blow August 16 when the U.S.
At the 60th anniversary of the pivotal naval battle that saved it from Japanese occupation, Midway Island is again fighting for its life–at least its economic life as a viable destination airport (MDY). According to Midway Phoenix, the company that operated the airport under contract from 1996 until last May 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now keeping the field open only for its own support.
Tucson has a strong aviation tradition. It built the nation’s first municipal airport in 1919. During World War II the 16,000-acre, then-municipal airport became Davis-Monthan AFB. After the war, a new civilian airport was established south of the city, the current site of Tucson International Airport.
GA Telesis (GAT) has acquired AM Trading and AM Repair of Tucson, Ariz. The component MRO, located in a 65,000-sq-ft facility on Tucson International Airport, supports the repair and manufacture of Bombardier, Airbus, Boeing, Douglas and Embraer components, including hydraulics, waste systems, fire detection, oxygen systems, avionics, NDT and composites.
In late 2001, successful Canadian oilman Don Jewitt, then principle investor in Alberta Aerospace of Calgary, decided the OEM start-up company had spent too much money in its effort to acquire and certify the two-seat Promavia Jet Squalus, which it had renamed the Phoenix FanJet.
Best AeroNet, a business aviation contract fueling company that was launched in the 1980s, is no longer in business, having saddled FBOs through which it sold fuel with more than $2 million in unpaid bills, according to sources close to the situation.
According to its founder, start-up completion and refurbishment center DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center will open its doors in February. Dale Dunn said the company had reached an agreement with both Bombardier and the Tucson Airport Authority for sublease of the facilities at Tucson International Airport.
After numerous delays, start-up company DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center is open for business on Tucson International Airport’s south side.
In a city that already had two interior completion and refurbishment centers, one more might have been one too many. But rather than fight for every job, the three facilities at Tucson International Airport– DunnAir Business Jet Completion, Evergreen Air Center and Hamilton Aerospace Technologies–have decided that a cooperative agreement would benefit all.