The pilot and his teenage son were killed January 31 when their King Air C90, N75GC, crashed into Everglades National Park about 10 minutes after departing from Marathon, Fla., on an IFR flight plan to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. About three minutes before the accident, the pilot radioed ATC that he was 32 miles southwest of Tamiami.
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To meet increased customer demand, British Columbia-based helicopter shipper Panalpina has added a service center in the Northeast. The company has hired Peter Baldauf, a helicopter load-out specialist, to its Heliship team at Hartford/Bradley Airport in Connecticut.
Airplane accidents usually cause harm beyond the grief they bring to the families of those lost, and the spate of business aircraft crashes late last year is proving collectively to be no exception. As the toll kept rising, business aviation gained ever more unfavorable prominence in the media.
Former HAI president Roy Resavage died last month after a long illness. He was 62. Resavage spent seven years at the helm of HAI, where he led the association through difficult financial times. He is credited with improving operational efficiency and the financial health of the association, as well as increasing attendance at Heli-Expo.
The Fayette County Airport Authority (FCAA) has announced the schedule for its groundbreaking ceremony for the new General Aviation Terminal at Connellsville Airport in the heart of Fayette County, Pa. The ceremony will be held near the Taylorcraft Hangar at the airport at 2 p.m. on March 3. The new general aviation terminal building is said to be the cornerstone of the FCAA’s program to improve general aviation access to the region.
St. Louis has its fair share of big events, including last year’s World Series and the upcoming NCAA Final Four next month. Midcoast Aviation’s newly renovated FBO at St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS) has seen its measure of foot traffic. The World Series did not end happily for local fans, as the Boston Red Sox slaked an 86-year thirst for a title, defeating the hometown Cardinals in four straight games.
Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft is offering FBO customers a new concierge-style service called Gold Standard. Arriving aircraft will be assisted by a Western Aircraft ramp coordinator, who will take care of all passenger, crew and aircraft needs. According to the company, services–including arranging for ground transportation and sprucing up the cabin–are provided free to customers.
Stevens Aviation announced the expansion of its network of five service center locations by re-opening its Greenville, S.C. facility as a Stevens Turboprop Center
after a multimillion-dollar refurbishment. The move adds 30,000 sq ft of hangar space to support the operation.
On Monday, April 9, at 11 a.m. Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will be closed to all inbound and outbound traffic for runway rehabilitation. The $11.9 million project includes repaving the runway, installing conduit for a runway sensor system that will allow installation of pavement temperature sensors and runway grooving. The runway was last repaved in 1983.
With next year’s NBAA Convention coming to New Orleans, Atlantic Aviation wanted attendees to know that it is in place at Lakefront Airport (NEW) and ready to serve. The existing Million Air facility is one of the best known in the country, but Atlantic’s Sue Sommers wants customers to know there is an alternative. She told AIN the hangar there is unusual–“like a big ark” with tiled walls and a curved wooden ceiling.