Comp Air continues to fly the Comp Air 12 proof-of-concept prototype while the company works with “potential investor groups and experienced engineering and production resource teams to execute the 36-month certification and production startup.” The large single-engine turboprop, powered by a 1,650-shp Honeywell TPE331-14GR, has undergone systems and handling characteristics tests and performance validations, according to Comp Air CEO Ron Luec
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Two San Francisco-area airports are growing, with new FBOs and hangars under construction. At Buchanan Field in Concord, an FBO called Concord Jet Center is building a facility on 5.5 acres on the west side of the airport. Another company, Seecon, has begun construction of an office/hangar complex, also on the west side.
The FAA has published two revised Advisory Circulars for airports. AC 150/5200-30B is designed to help airports develop snow- and ice-control plans, conduct and report on runway-friction surveys and establish snow-removal and -control procedures. For airports with wildlife problems, AC 150/5200-33B can help identify areas of airport land that animals find hospitable and suggest ways of keeping wildlife away from the airport.
Aero Toy Store has begun construction on a 45,000-sq-ft expansion of its facility at Montreal’s Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport. The $7.6 million addition includes a 31,000-sq-ft hangar and 14,000-sq-ft completion center. It is scheduled to be finished in December.
For travelers flying to Switzerland early next year for the World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings in Davos (January 23-27), St. Gallen-Altenrhein and Zurich FBO ExecuJet are cooperating to accommodate the expected influx of business jets. ExecuJet has the only private ramp and lounge on the airport, according to the company, and offers full FBO services. The drive from Zurich Airport to Davos is 100 miles.
Infinity Aviation Group has purchased assets of the former Keyson Airways and Keyson Enterprises FBO at Boire Field Airport in Nashua, N.H. Infinity, which provides charter/management and maintenance services at Nashua, is now a full-service FBO with an additional 40,000 sq ft of hangar and office space as well as several more maintenance and avionics technicians.
Rectrix Aerodrome Centers is attempting something that has bedeviled many an FBO over the years, trying to force an airport’s municipal owners to allow FBOs to pump jet fuel. Rectrix built a new FBO at Barnstable Municipal Airport-Boardman/Polando Field in Hyannis, Mass., in 2005 and has been fighting with the town of Hyannis and the airport commission that runs the airport ever since.
With an aviation career that spans 30 years and includes stints as airline pilot, corporate pilot, FAA employee and aviation writer, frequent AIN contributor Robert Mark has plenty of experience in the industry, and that includes, of course, looking for–and landing–the perfect flying job.
The long-running dispute between JetStar operators and Lockheed Martin continues, as the two dozen or so owners of the remaining 36 U.S.-registered Lockheed L-329 JetStars say they are just about out of patience with the defense contractor. Lockheed Martin inherited JetStar support under the same agreement through which it supports the L-1011 TriStar airliner. It has not produced either aircraft in decades.