Utica, N.Y.-based JetNet has purchased Aviation Data Service in Wichita, bonding two companies that track business aviation aircraft ownership, fleet status and sales transactions. Both companies will continue to operate independently. Established in 1988, JetNet provides market research tools to dealers, brokers and the financial industry.
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Dallas Airmotive’s late-September announcement that it would be closing its Millville, N.J. facility caused something of a stir. Much of the concern focuses on the loss of more than 240 jobs, but some concern stems from the company’s long history.
Two new local business aviation associations are forming on the East Coast. The First Coast Business Pilots Association (FCBPA) in the Jacksonville, Fla. area is soliciting members from northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. Membership is open to business aviation pilots. To join, contact Randy Donaldson of the FCBPA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MITSUBISHI MU-2, PITTSFIELD, MASS., MARCH 25, 2004–At about 5:45 a.m., MU-2 N201UV crashed a half mile east of Pittsfield Airport (PSF). The sole-occupant pilot was killed and the aircraft destroyed. The Royal Air Freight cargo flight was en route from Hagerstown, Md., to Bangor, Me., and failed to establish contact with Boston Center.
After numerous delays, start-up company DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center is open for business on Tucson International Airport’s south side.
Some feel that the rise in publicly owned aviation companies managed by MBAs has resulted in a decline in personal service.
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.
When discussion turns to the most prominent legacy independent FBOs, one of the first names mentioned is Epps Aviation at Atlanta’s DeKalb-Peachtree (PDK) Airport. Pat Epps’s bustling yet remarkably down-home facility represents a blueprint for a successful general aviation service business.
Trajen FBO Network, which late last year acquired ski-country’s Aspen Base Operation, has further enriched its portfolio of FBOs in another, very different, resort area. Last month, management of the growing chain announced it had purchased the Ranger Jet Center FBO at Kissimmee Gateway Airport near Orlando, Fla., home of Disney World, Universal Studios and several other vacation theme parks.
The Hangar Incorporated (THI) has entered an agreement with Shreveport, La. FBO TAC Air. Under the terms of the agreement, THI will operate the maintenance portion of the FBO services at Shreveport Regional Airport. THI was most recently contracted to be the maintenance provider for Wilson Air Center on Memphis International Airport, in Memphis, Tenn.