The pilot of an Airbus Helicopters AS350 was killed when his aircraft rolled over on its side as he attempted to reposition it near the Grand Canyon West Airport in Arizona on May 18. The helicopter was being operated by Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters at the time of the accident. The Hualapai Indian Tribe operates the airport.
Embry-Riddle’s campuses at Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz. will hold a variety of aviation-focused short courses in a traditional face-to-face classroom environment beginning in April. Two three-day workshops at the Daytona Beach Campus will cover aviation safety management systems and unmanned aircraft systems.
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Scott Clarey sales director for the U.S. Southwest. In his new role he is responsible for sales to new and existing customers in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah. Clarey, who is based in Tempe, Ariz., came to Gulfstream from Piaggio America, where he was the regional sales director in the western U.S. and western Canada. He has been a pilot since age 16 and has been in aviation sales for the last 10 years.
Classic Interior Completions (CIC) of Willoughby, Ohio, anticipates the market is “getting ready to jump” and has been expanding to meet it.
The center is now settled into a new 18,000-sq-ft off-airport facility that provides twice the space of the former structure, and is expanding capabilities at its Naples, Fla. site. CIC is also looking for a suitable facility in the Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz. area. The center at Naples, Fla. is being expanded to mirror operations at Willoughby and the new Phoenix/Mesa site will operate at the same level.
Arizona Aircraft Interior Designs, a small refurbishment center owned and operated by the Wayne Bryant family for 38 years, is emerging from the recession and looking at “a good year in 2013.”
The Mesa, Ariz.-based center at Falcon Field recently delivered two Cessna Citation Xs, one with minor and another with major interior refurbishment. “In 2011 and 2012, growth was steady if slow, but in this year’s second quarter it began to snowball,” said Christa Pensworth, head of sales and interior design.
For Phoenix Heliparts, this year’s Heli-Expo show resulted in the sale of two helicopters, thanks to the display of the rebuilt MD500 flown for the television show Magnum, P.I. Based in Mesa, Ariz., Phoenix Heliparts celebrated its 10th anniversary at the show, where on March 5, Magnum, P.I. stars Larry Manetti and Roger Mosley signed “The Chopper.” On June 3, The Chopper receives its official Hawaiian blessing as it enters service in the Paradise Helicopters fleet at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu.
From a husband-and-wife operation launched 10 years ago in the family garage in Mesa, Ariz., Phoenix Heliparts has grown into major player in the art of restoring older helicopters to a new and useful life.
The company’s main facility in Mesa, about 14 miles north of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, now totals about 45,000 sq ft and there is an additional 25,000 sq ft and a designated landing area at the airport for flight testing.
Universal Helicopters will award its Vision Award, a full scholarship valued at up to $12,000 for night-vision goggle (NVG) certification in a Robinson R44, to one lucky Heli-Expo attendee on Wednesday. The company’s NVG certification program–which is conducted at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz. campus–includes a maximum of seven hours flight and 10 hours of ground training. Those who wish to be in the drawing must hold an FAA commercial rotorcraft helicopter certificate, enter at Universal Helicopters’ booth and be present to win.
Just northwest of Tucson, Ariz., sits a 1,200-acre plot of ground with a 460-acre facility dedicated to aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. It has been in operation for more than 30 years and is generally considered to be the world’s largest MRO dedicated to maintenance, repair, painting, storage and end-of-life services for passenger and cargo aircraft.
When many communities view airports and aviation as nuisances at best and dangerous at worst, and pressures grow to close airfields and chase aviation away, the story of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IGA) in Arizona shines like an airway beacon.
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