On January 12, the new Million Air Tucson FBO held its grand opening, marking the FBO franchise’s first presence in Arizona. The new facility, designed by Seaver Franks Architects, was finished in January and features more than 54,000 sq ft of office and hangar space, a two-story FBO terminal, security system with electronic access, theater room, covered parking and spacious conference and break rooms.
Guardian Trax Mobile, a mobile phone and PDA-based application for receiving position data from aircraft with Guardian Skytrax flight-following devices aboard, is the centerpiece of Guardian Mobility’s Heli-Expo’09 booth (No. 3181). Trax Mobile, being introduced this week in Anaheim, enables anyone anywhere with cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity to locate and track their aircraft.
On December 10, Landmark Aviation celebrated the grand opening of the FBO chain’s newly renovated FBO at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. Landmark purchased the former facility in early 2006.
Piestany, Slovakia-based UTair Europe has announced “an expansion of its flight destinations and an increase in helicopter services” throughout Europe. It will thus build on momentum started by its two Mi-8Ts and two Mi-171s, which have been involved in a number of aerial work operations.
While the faltering economy may demand cost-cutting measures, caterers have not abandoned creativity.
Chef Rob Sobkowski at Silver Lining in Pompano, Fla., recently created cupcakes with the face of the client’s new baby. Sobkowski also happens to hold the world record for the largest Mickey Mouse made of popcorn. “If it’s not on the menu,” said Silver Lining director of marketing and sales Kris Goodman, “we’ll make it.”
Soloy Aviation has received FAA certification for its Soloy 206 Turbine Mk II, a Cessna 206H re-engined with a 417-shp Rolls-Royce 250-B17F/2 turboprop engine and fitted with a Hartzell three-blade prop with full beta reverse features. According to the company, the Mk II can climb at 2,460 fpm at sea level, cruise at 20,000 feet at 213 ktas, carry 775 pounds with full fuel and has an approximately 550-nm range.
When Gary Bosstick, a frequent charter client, became dissatisfied with the sleeping comfort of the typical business jet seat, he did what any entrepreneur would do: he designed a solution (the JetBed) and formed a company (JetBed) to develop and market it.
JetBed (Booth No. 5420) has reached an agreement with Cessna Aircraft for the Wichita-based OEM to offer the portable bed as optional original equipment of all of Cessna’s Citation line except the Mustang. The JetBed, starting at $3,995, is designed to fit between two upright, facing seats in club configuration. It weighs about 15 pounds and inflates quickly with a rechargeable cordless pump.
Count on Kim Yensen to be turning heads on the highway in the months ahead. Yensen–a Devon Energy Corp. employee in Edmond, Okla.–is the winner of a drawing for a 2008 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle that was given away at the show Tuesday by private-jet-services provider Million Air.
Looking for something more comfortable for a nap, or perhaps a more substantial snooze, than a reclining seat? JetBed of Downers Grove, Ill. (Booth No.