Beech King Air E90, Carlsbad, Calif., July 3, 2007 – Taking off from McClellan/Palomar Airport on an IFR flight plan in IMC, the King Air hit 230,000-volt powerlines and was destroyed. The pilot and passenger were killed, and one person on the ground was hit by debris. Visibility was one-quarter mile, with an indefinite ceiling of 100 feet. Temperature and dew point were 63 degrees F.
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Growing East Coast FBO chain SheltAir Aviation ervices opened a new FBO–the chain’s fifth N.Y. facility–at Plattsburgh International Airport in New York on August 1. Formerly an Air Force base, the Plattsburgh Airport has an 11,750-foot runway and 240 acres of concrete ramp space. It is also served by airlines.
The owners of Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft sold 100 percent of the company stock to investment group Berkley Aviation Investors. Western Aircraft has been under its current ownership since 1995, when Al Hilde bought the company from Morrison Knudsen. Hilde was the majority shareholder. Western shares were also held by CEO Allen Hoyt and Tim Hilde.
Two years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, the FAA control tower has reopened. The new tower is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 119.9. Currently, Million Air is the sole FBO on the airport, although another FBO is getting ready to open, according to the airport’s fire department. Million Air was scheduled to break ground on a new permanent FBO terminal at Lakefront by the end of last month.
Premier Air president Ash Vij and vice president Rita Vij are building a new Million Air FBO franchise at Tucson International Airport. The FBO will be the first Million Air facility in Arizona. Million Air Tucson will cost about $5 million to build and will include a two-story 20,000-sq-ft terminal and 20,000-sq-ft hangar, as well as a theater room and the traditional Million Air refreshment bar.
Nicholas Chabraja, chairman and CEO of General Dynamics, the parent company of Gulfstream and its General Dynamics Aviation Services cousin, said yesterday that this year’s second quarter was “the best quarter from an intake perspective that Gulfstream has ever experienced.” The Savannah, Ga.-based OEM achieved $1.2 billion in sales in the second quarter, up more than 13 percent from the same time a year ago.
The Clark County Department of Aviation hopes to issue up to $400 million in bonds to help finance land purchases and construction at three existing southern Nevada airports and the proposed new international airport site in Ivanpah Valley. If approved, the money would be used for everything from future terminal and runway expansion, road and taxiway construction, noise mitigation and improved security.
Stevens Aviation has expanded the line-service center at its Dayton, Ohio facility, doubling the size to 3,000 sq ft. Part of the expansion project was a remodeling effort that adds numerous customer amenities, including an updated flight-planning center. The passenger lounge now features two wall-mounted flat-screen televisions, new furniture, an additional lavatory and, for history buffs, a unique display of aviation memorabilia.
Aviation One, now based at Plymouth (Mass.) Municipal Airport (PYM), offers fractional leases on a CitationJet and a Piper Seneca V piston twin. Founded in 1997, Aviation One plans to provide low-cost regional transportation for clients whose needs include both jet travel and relatively short-range trips that are more economically feasible in the Seneca.
Cessna parent Textron said today that revenue for the Wichita-based manufacturer was up by 15 percent in the second quarter of the year, representing a $198 million increase to $1.3 billion compared with the same period last year. Profits for the second quarter were up, too–by $47 million, to $200 million.