Orville and Wilbur got things airborne just over one hundred years ago, and for the most part it has been a reasonably steady climb-out. But don’t try to sell that to today’s aviation executives. More than three years have passed since the Great Recession began, and an increasing number of my business colleagues are telling me they are tired of hunkering down. So am I.
Aviation International News » December 2011
In a ceremony attended by Canada’s Prime Minister, the City of Peterborough, Ontario, announced the conclusion of a C$28.6 million upgrade project to Peterborough Airport. The project, funded by national, provincial and city grants, has increased the airport’s runway length from 5,000 to 7,000 feet and created a new aviation industrial park with new areas for aircraft fueling and maintenance.
GE Aviation has named Cutter Aviation an authorized service center for GE’s M601 and H80 turboprop engines. As part of the agreement, Cutter Aviation will offer line maintenance, removal and re-installation of engines and line-replaceable units (LRUs) and engine spares for the M601 and H80 engines.
St. Louis-based private aircraft support provider Aero Charter has completed a new 30,000-sq-ft hangar at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS). The $4 million structure adds 4,200 sq ft of shop area and 105,000 sq ft of apron, more than doubling the FBO’s current capacity.
Lafayette Aviation, the lone FBO at Purdue University Airport, has joined the Phillips 66 Aviation-branded dealer network. Located an hour northwest of Indianapolis at one of the busiest airports in the state, Lafayette Aviation provides oxygen service, flight training, hangars and aircraft rental, in addition to a pilot’s lounge and passenger terminal.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Boire Field in Nashua, N.H., at the end of October, marking the beginning of a $16 million runway construction project. The airport’s lone runway–5,500-foot 14/32–will be replaced. The new runway will be parallel to the existing runway and will be 500 feet longer, allowing large-cabin business jets to take off with full fuel.
ExecuJet South Africa recently unveiled several improvements to its FBO at Lanseria International Airport near Johannesburg. The refurbishments at the facility include a newly restyled reception area, VIP passenger lounge, crew lounge and restrooms, as well as upgraded signage.
Signature Flight Support added to its portfolio of more than 100 locations worldwide with the purchase of a majority stake in Arrindell Aviation Services at St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport. The location, which has been in operation for 25 years, will be known as Arrindell Aviation by Signature.
GE Aviation has broken ground on a new jet engine components factory in Auburn, Ala. The 300,000-sq-ft manufacturing plant will produce precision, super-alloy machined parts for GE jet engines that will power future commercial and military aircraft and support the fleet of GE jet engines already in service.
While most FBO operators around the country are anticipating the start of winter and its travel challenges with some trepidation, the staff at the Yellowstone Jet Center (YJC) at Gallatin Field in Bozeman, Mont., is eagerly awaiting it, as the snowstorms that sweep down from Canada signal the beginning of the FBO’s busiest season.
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