It’s the helicopter equivalent of the “man bites dog” story. In a refreshing role reversal, the three major commercial helicopter operators at the Houma-Terrebonne Airport outside Houma, La., have allied to block a proposed 50-lot suburban housing subdivision.
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Based on a poll of corporate pilots conducted over the last several weeks by Max-Viz of Portland, Ore., the manufacturer of enhanced-vision systems (EVS) has put together a list of the 10 most challenging approaches in America.
Piedmont Hawthorne of Winston-Salem, N.C., has been elevated to platinum status as an authorized Raytheon service center. It indicates a superior level of audit compliance with authorized service center standards for tooling, spares, technical library, training and facilities based on an annual review by Raytheon Aircraft. Seven of Piedmont Hawthorne’s 13 Regional Corporate Maintenance Centers are Raytheon service centers.
At a meeting on September 20, the NBAA board of directors decided to re-schedule the association’s 54th annual convention and trade show for December 12 to 14 in New Orleans. The association’s annual meeting of members has been scheduled for October 31 in Washington. The annual convention and meeting was originally scheduled for September 18 to 20 in New Orleans, but was canceled following the terrorist attacks of September 11.
Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., and Roswell Industrial Air Center in Roswell, N.M., have been designated by the Customs and Border Protection Agency as user-fee airports.
Goodrich has relocated and expanded its wheel and brake overhaul facility in Wichita. The new facility on Pueblo Drive is 60 percent larger than its predecessor at 2000 Airport Rd., which opened in 1995. The center overhauls steel and carbon brakes for Cessna’s Citation line, Bombardier’s Learjet 45, Raytheon’s Premier I and Beech King Airs and the Pilatus PC-12.
The Salina (Kan.) Airport Authority today announced plans to build a new 69,000-sq-ft hangar and office complex in anticipation of continued growth at the SLN Aviation Service Center. “The Salina Airport Authority is constructing an all-new hangar and office facility as a key element of our long-term growth strategy,” noted SLN executive director Tim Rogers.
It helps to have a clear mission in business, and Yellowstone Jetcenter, at Gallatin Field (BZN) in Bozeman, Mont., enjoys just such a focus. Jim Dolan, one of the financial driving forces behind the elite Yellowstone Club real-estate project, acquired the FBO in 2000 as a gateway to the region. His plan for promoting the Yellowstone Club included easy access by business jet, and the FBO was an integral piece of the puzzle.
“Governor Jeb Bush just left here for Tallahassee. I spoke with him and he said the whole state from the Alabama/Florida line through Destin is just a mess,” Ron Hensel, manager of Sowell Aviation at Panama City Airport (PFN), told AIN on September 17. The governor and his brother, President George W.
CJ Systems Aviation Group is expanding its Baptist Hospital LifeFlight aeromedical program in Pensacola, Fla., with a second base at Mobile, Ala. Baptist Hospital and CJ Systems have taken over responsibility for air-transport services from an operation formerly managed by the University of South Alabama Medical Center.