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September 26, 2007 - 10:34am

Last year the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) filed a lawsuit challenging a new FAA rule that substantially expanded the FAA’s drug and alcohol testing requirements.

The rule extended the testing requirements to employees at subcontractor companies (and to subcontractors of subcontractors at any tier) that repair stations rely on for specialized services.

September 26, 2007 - 10:30am

Amid growing concerns about the shrinking base of aviation technical personnel, Lufthansa Technik is taking proactive steps to ensure that there are enough technicians to meet its future needs.

September 26, 2007 - 10:25am

The first of two phases of the Gulfstream Aerospace new Savannah Service Center has officially opened.

In March last year the company announced a seven-year, $400 million long-range expansion plan for its Savannah headquarters and business-jet manufacturing and maintenance facilities. It includes the new 624,588-sq-ft service center on 76.6 acres at the southwest quadrant of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

September 26, 2007 - 10:22am

The SAE Institute and Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) have been working with industry professionals to develop the SAE/PAMA aviation maintenance specialist-technician and SAE/PAMA aviation maintenance engineer certifications. According to PAMA president Brian Finnegan, the two organizations are now looking for volunteers to go through the certification process to beta test it.

September 26, 2007 - 10:07am

GFK Flight Support broke ground on new FBO facilities at Grand Forks Airport in North Dakota last month. The $4.5 million terminal includes a two-story building with sky-lit walls, hotel-class lobby and additional hangar space, bringing the total to 130,000 sq ft. The building includes four classrooms, pilot pro shop, weather room, 25-person conference room, in-house theater and indoor parking spaces for aircraft owners’ vehicles.

September 26, 2007 - 10:06am

Pilots flying to Berlin Schönefeld Airport in Germany can now enjoy U.S.-style FBO services at ExecuJet Europe’s Berlin FBO. ExecuJet recently began providing fuel on the general aviation ramp using its own leased fuel trucks and employees, thanks to a partnership with Shell.

September 26, 2007 - 10:04am

As part of its strategy to increase its FBO holdings, fractional-share operator Avantair has set its sights on buying or building a second FBO, this one at Essex County Airport in Caldwell, N.J. Avantair opened a new FBO at Camarillo Airport in southern California in August and provides FBO services at its company headquarters at St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport in Florida.

September 26, 2007 - 9:56am

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

September 26, 2007 - 9:51am

Universal Weather & Aviation has renamed its UVglobal Network of

September 26, 2007 - 9:49am

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.

 
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