Business aviation catering provider Air Chef Holdings has rebranded all of its divisions under one new name, Air Culinaire Worldwide, and moved its headquarters from Columbus, Ohio, to Tampa, Fla. “Before our rebrand, we had different names that were known for separate things by our clients,” said Air Culinaire president Paul Schweitzer. “The purpose of this new name is to make it easier for our clients to identify us as a global catering resource, regardless of where they travel.”
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Aircraft services provider King Aerospace (Booth No. 2879) has announced expansions at its Ardmore, Okla. facility to serve the customization, modification, refurbishment and completion of executive aircraft.
King began construction in October on the 25,000-sq-ft shop to accommodate cabinetry, upholstery and panel covering activities. The building will also house automated machinery for cutting leathers, fabrics and cabinetry materials. It is the first of four similarly sized buildings planned at the seven-acre site at Ardmore Airport. When finished, it will total 100,000 sq ft.
King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KACC) is expanding its Ardmore, Okla. facility to serve the customization, modification, refurbishment and completion of corporate and large executive aircraft. KACC began construction this month on a 25,000-sq-ft shop to accommodate executive aircraft cabinetry, upholstery and panel coverings.
Keith Weaver, executive vice president, told AIN, “We anticipate the facility will be completed and we’ll have moved in by about May next year. We’re looking forward to serving this customer base.”
Meridian Air Charter, based in Teterboro, N.J., is expanding its operations to the West Coast as part of a long-term plan to serve existing clients better, while developing its charter and aircraft management services in the San Francisco area. The two-phase expansion involves opening California sales offices in San Jose and at Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa. The San Jose office opened in September and the Santa Rose office is scheduled to open in November. In the second phase of its West Coast expansion, Meridian Air Charter (Booth No.
Business aviation in-flight catering provider Air Chef Holdings has rebranded all of its divisions under one new name, Air Culinaire Worldwide (Booth No. 3024) and moved its headquarters earlier this month from Columbus, Ohio, to Tampa, Fla. Air Chef was founded in Columbus in 2000 by Paul Schweitzer, Air Culinaire’s current president, after he departed from NetJets as its vice president of vendor services. While at NetJets, he observed that the business aviation catering business was “fragmented,” so he formed Air Chef to help consolidate this segment.
In 1935, when Cosby Harrison crashed his airplane in stormy weather he could not have realized the lasting impact of his adventure. His slight misfortune would give rise to a shoestring operation that would become a great entrepreneurial success–and play a significant role in aviation history. (Excerpt from the history of Trade-A-Plane.)
Gulfstream Aerospace has announced plans to increase employment at its Brunswick, Ga., facility by approximately 20 percent in the next year to support a growing volume of completions work. The site currently has 174 employees, including nearly 90 technicians. “Adding about 35 positions is significant growth for Gulfstream Brunswick and a boost to the community as a whole,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support. Gulfstream Brunswick is home to a completions center and service center and has approximately 55,000 sq ft of hangar space.
The FAA has given the green light to AAR for its new aircraft maintenance facility in Duluth, Minn. The addition of the Duluth facility increases AAR’s worldwide aircraft maintenance capacity by approximately 10 percent. Duluth joins AAR facilities in Indianapolis; Oklahoma City; Miami; and Hot Springs, Ark., as part of the company’s nationwide “1MRO” network.
A 12-day visit to China by a trade delegation from Wichita got off to a somewhat rocky start on Sunday when a scheduled meeting with Hawker Beechcraft suitor Superior Aviation Beijing was cancelled abruptly due to “sensitivity of the ongoing negotiations.” Superior Aviation submitted a bid in July to purchase bankrupt Hawker Beechcraft for $1.79 billion but an exclusivity period for negotiations granted by the court expired on September 1.
In another example of the government’s pushback against laser threats to aviation, a federal grand jury in Jacksonville, Fla., indicted John Tyler Pennywitt on October 5. He was accused of shining a handheld laser pointer at a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office helicopter on the night of June 3, 2012. Pennywitt was indicted under a section of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that makes it a federal crime to aim a laser at an aircraft, or even into the path of an aircraft.