Two independent projects working on RVSM group certification packages for the Learjet 20 series appear to be neck and neck in terms of price and availability. Avcon Industries of Newton, Kan., along with its partner Bizjet International in Tulsa, Okla., and Wichita-based LJSC and its partner Wichita Executive Aircraft, are saying they will have RVSM-compliant systems certified in June for less than $150,000 per aircraft.
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TAC Air, a division of the Truman Arnold Companies, held ceremonies to open its new hangar complex at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., last month. The 20,000-sq-ft hangar/office complex has 6,200 sq ft of office space and a 33,000-sq-ft ramp with radiant heating extending 10 feet from the door. The new building gives TAC Air 70,000 sq ft of hangar floor area under roof.
Per-seat, on-demand very light jet air-taxi firm DayJet yesterday added Naples, Fla., and Savannah, Ga., as DayPorts, augmenting the five initial DayPorts in Boca Raton, Gainesville, Lakeland, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla. In addition, the company added 12 new DayStops in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. “Naples and Savannah are strategic additions to our DayPort service network,” said DayJet president and CEO Ed Iacobucci.
Effective January 23, the FAA is codifying the provisions of Title VIII of the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000. This new law finalizes the government’s definition of just what constitutes a commercial air-tour operator (chiefly, an entity that flies sightseers over the Grand Canyon or any other of the 384 parks of the National Park Service regularly at an altitude of less than 5,000 ft agl).
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.
Agusta A109K2, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 10, 2003–Life Flight 6 was destroyed, its instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight paramedic killed and a flight nurse seriously injured when the helicopter crashed at approximately 8:50 p.m. MST while attempting to maneuver in dense fog near Salt Lake City. N601RX was owned and operated by IHC (Intermountain Health Care) Health Services of Salt Lake City.
Executive Beechcraft’s three Kansas City area FBOs (owned by BBA Aviation) have joined Avfuel’s dealer network and will offer Avtrip reward points and contract fuel pricing to participating pilots. Avfuel also announced that Craig Air Center in Jacksonville, Fla., has become an Avfuel dealer, and participating customers can receive Avtrip points and Avfuel contract pricing.
Growth at Salina Airport in Kansas has been so rapid that the airport is running out of hangar and office space for businesses that want to move to the airport. A new $6 million hangar complex is under construction and is on track to open in the third quarter. The 69,000-sq-ft complex includes 41,400 sq ft of hangar space, 22,600 sq ft of office space and a 5,000-sq-ft customer service area.
Fairchild SA-227-AC Metro, Grain Valley, Mo., Aug. 17, 2006–The NTSB concluded that the Sierra West Airlines Metro hit a fence short of the runway at East Kansas City Airport because the pilot did not maintain clearance from the fence. Contributing factors were the pilot’s fatigue and the fence. The accident happened at 3:51 p.m.
One of the primary roles of the newly formed National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Environmental Committee will be to “police” the growing number of carbon offset vendors and create a list of legitimate vendors for NATA members, according to association president James Coyne.