Lakeland, Fla.-based Gulf Coast Avionics has entered into a marketing and sales partnership with Platinum Aviation in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. Under the agreement, Gulf Coast Avionics will be the exclusive supplier of avionics sales, service and installation and pilot supply products to Platinum Aviation.
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Air Services, a division of Constant Aviation specializing in commercial aircraft maintenance and headquartered at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, opened a satellite accessory and composite facility in Columbus, Ohio. Stephen Maiden, Air Services president, said the satellite facility is dedicated to a single customer, which he declined to identify.
When many communities view airports and aviation as nuisances at best and dangerous at worst, and pressures grow to close airfields and chase aviation away, the story of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IGA) in Arizona shines like an airway beacon.
Metro Aviation, the Shreveport, La., EMS provider and completions facility, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The company was launched at Baton Rouge Municipal Airport, then moved to Shreveport. Metro Aviation initially provided aircraft maintenance services and flew aeromedical and news gathering missions in a Hughes 500. The missions were unique, in that while gathering news, the helicopter was on standby for EMS calls.
Cessna Aircraft will position mobile service units (MSUs) in support of seven 2012 special events. Starting with the recent Super Bowl, additional events to be covered include the Daytona 500, NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, The Masters (Augusta, Ga.), Kentucky Derby (Louisville, Ky.), Indianapolis 500 and the Summer Olympics in London. MSUs perform scheduled maintenance, including phase inspections and maintenance steering group (MSG) tasked-based inspection documents.
The first NBAA business aviation regional forum in 2012 was held in New Orleans on Thursday, marking “a triumphant return to the Crescent City” six years after Hurricane Katrina forced the association to move its annual convention from the flood-damaged region. “NBAA is pleased with the results of the New Orleans forum,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Shell has announced three new additions to its FBO network. Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg, W.Va., and Summit Aviation in Middleton, Del., both former Exxon customers, along with Richmond Jet Center in New Bern, N.C. have joined the more than 400 FBOs in the provider’s network.
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Avfuel has added Hoosier Aviation (previously the Terre Haute Air Center) located at Indiana’s Terre Haute International Airport/Hulman Field, and the TMA Group, the sole provider at Cambridge Municipal Airport in Cambridge, Nebraska as branded dealers.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded more than $2 million in state funds to Macon County Airport (1A5) in Franklin. The funds will be used to rebuild the aircraft parking ramp. Richard Walls, the state’s aviation director, said the improvement–along with a recently completed runway extension–will help serve the airport’s future needs. According to state accounting, the airport, which sees approximately 25 operations a day, has a total impact of nearly $8 million a year and supports more than 120 jobs.
Asserting that growth is limited by its being part of a governmental agency, the Tupelo Airport Authority has issued a request for proposals from private operators to manage Tupelo Aviation Unlimited, the airport-owned FBO at the Mississippi airport. Once the bid process closes on February 10, the airport authority will establish a selection committee to review proposals and ensure that Tupelo chooses the best candidate. The length of the management contract is five years, by the end of which the authority’s goal is to be completely out of the FBO business.
Savoy, Ill.-based Flightstar has purchased the assets of Bloomington Avionics. Under the terms of the agreement the staff at Bloomington Avionics, as well as its assets and services, will transfer to Flightstar’s FBO facility at Champaign-Urbana’s University of Illinois-Willard Airport. Bloomington Avionics operated for more than 30 years at Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill., as an FAA Class I and II avionics repair station serving owners of high-performance single- and twin-engine aircraft.