Paulding Northwest Regional Airport near Atlanta was heavily damaged when it was struck by an F-3 tornado on the night of March 2. Among the airport’s casualties was a hangar that partially collapsed, destroying 18 aircraft including a Cessna Citation III. A Learjet 25 that was parked nearby on the ramp escaped with only minor damage. The airport’s main building also suffered structural damage. No one was present at the airfield when the twister hit. According to airport authorities, the storm caused more than $7 million in damage to the aircraft and the facility.
Aviation International News » April 2012
Pentastar Aviation has entered into a partnership with Oxford, Conn.-based FBO operator and aircraft charter and management provider Key Air to operate a maintenance facility at Waterbury Oxford Airport (OXC). Based at Oakland County International Airport near Detroit, Pentastar operates a 130,000-sq-ft Part 145 repair station at its FBO and will set up an East Coast repair facility in one of Key Air’s 20,000-sq-ft hangars.
According to Spanish media reports, officials in the country’s capital, Madrid, have shelved plans to construct a $235 million general aviation airport south of the city in El Alamo. Citing budget cuts and demand forecasts, the administration of regional President Esperanza Aguirre is seeking to close Aeropuertos de Madrid, the government-owned agency that had completed the airport’s construction design plans. According to the Spanish Executive Aviation Association (Aesave), last year there were approximately 9,000 flights by business jets in Spain, half of them through the Madrid region.
Atlantic Aviation has completed a nine-month renovation of its FBO at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the lone service provider on the field. The more than $1 million project saw the extensive use of natural materials and the addition of more passenger seating areas, an Internet café and Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Other improvements include an upgraded pilot’s lounge and audiovisual equipment in the conference room. Attached to the facility and now serving as the site’s general manager’s office is the first airport control tower in the U.S.
At a ceremony late last month, Narita International Airport opened the first dedicated terminal for business and private jets. Operated by the airport authority, Premier Gate–which will be open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.–promises privacy for passengers along with swift inbound and outbound passport control procedures through the use of dedicated onsite customs, immigration and quarantine facilities. In conjunction with the opening of the new terminal, the airport said it will extend the permissible duration for corporate jet parking to 30 days from 14.
Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans Lakefront Airport, a new FBO has opened there, bringing the total number of service providers to three and signaling the continued revitalization of the historic gateway. The newest FBO, AeroPremier Jet Center, occupies a renovated former National Guard helicopter facility that was seriously damaged by the storm. The structure’s fate was uncertain until AeroPremier won a bid to operate an FBO in 2008 and received Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to help restore the building.
John Holland Aviation Services (JHAS) has been appointed an Embraer authorized service center to provide line and heavy maintenance services for E-Jets from its base in Melbourne. JHAS is the first aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul services organization in the Asia-Pacific region to obtain such an authorization from Embraer.
Michigan-based Pentastar Aviation’s Web-based MTX Control interface allows maintenance managers to oversee their work scope in real time from anywhere in the world via the Internet. The interface uses photos, video and text to post discrepancies for approval in a secure, password-protected account.
Champaign, Ill.-based Flightstar continues to expand its portfolio of services with its designation as a factory-authorized line maintenance facility for the Bombardier Learjet 40 and 45 series. Flightstar is an FAA-certified repair station and Class IV maintenance facility with full airframe, engine, avionics and AOG capability.
International Water-Guard Industries has signed a letter of agreement with Embraer to provide its IWG-A4 ultraviolet water treatment unit as optional equipment on the Brazilian OEM’s Legacy 600 and 650.
The first installation will go into Embraer’s Legacy 650 demonstrator at the company plant in Saõ Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The installation has been designed by IWG at its facilities in Burnaby, British Columbia and by its Brazilian partner, Avionics Services of São Paulo, Brazil.