Comlux USA, a maintenance, overhaul, completion and refurbishment center in Indianapolis, was back at work on Monday following a fire a day earlier that damaged the roof and one corner of its maintenance hangar at Indianapolis International Airport. The extent of fire damage to the facility and to four business jets in Hangar 5 is still being assessed, Comlux Aviation Services division CEO David Edinger told AIN.
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General aviation aircraft shipment data released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) starkly demonstrate the continued effects the sour economy has had on the OEMs over the past two years. In the first nine months, GA airplane shipments numbered 1,357 units, down 14.5 percent from 1,588 in the same nine months last year. Billings in the nine-month period slipped 2.5 percent from a year ago to $13.47 billion.
This morning, Columbus, Ohio-based NetJets announced it acquired jet card provider Marquis Jet Partners. Marquis Jet was started in 2001 by Kenny Dichter, offering 25-hour jet cards essentially equivalent to a 32nd share of a NetJets airplane. Jet card buyers purchase a “pre-paid sub-lease of a specific aircraft,” according to Marquis, which owns 65 airplanes in the NetJets fleet.
Despite a recommendation by the International Association of Machinists executive council to approve the contract offered by Hawker Beechcraft, 55 percent of members voted to reject the proposal last month. A strike vote was not authorized. The current contract remains in effect until it expires in August next year, and negotiations are not likely to reopen before then.
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority board of trustees chose Million Air as the winner of a request for proposal to build a new FBO at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and now the negotiation process for the lease of the property is under way.
Hill Aircraft & Leasing celebrated its 55th year at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field in Atlanta, Ga., last month with a waffle breakfast catered by the Waffle House restaurant chain.
World-class aviation and aerospace training joined world-class research, design, testing and manufacturing in a ceremony Tuesday at the Wichita State University National Institute for Aviation Research booth (No. 1107).
StandardAero (Booth No. 7601) has reopened its TFE731 heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul operation at its 265,000-sq-ft production and support facility in Springfield, Ill. The shop will initially be capable of providing major periodic inspections (MPIs) for Honeywell TFE731s but shop capabilities will be reassessed periodically for the possible addition of other engine types and services.
The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority is embarking on a plan to build at Lovell Field Airport a new FBO that will be managed by an independent third party. Requests for proposal for those interested in operating the FBO will be posted on October 1. Construction of the new facility should be completed by mid-2011.