In March, TAC Air acquired Knox Air at Knoxville (Tenn.) McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS). Last month, the 11-FBO chain completed a deal to acquire the second FBO on the airport, Cherokee Aviation. That makes TAC Air Knoxville the largest of the company’s facilities, with close to one million sq ft of terminal, hangar and ramp area.
Aviation International News » June 2005
Jet Aviation Bedford (BED), at Hanscom Field just outside Boston, has completed a major renovation project. The expanded customer lounge now incorporates a central check-in desk, Wi-Fi high speed Internet access and a new passenger seating area. A private section is set aside for customers who want to use laptop computers. A new conference room offers space to hold business meetings directly on site.
Rifton Aviation, the upstate New York FBO formerly owned and operated by the Bruderhof religious community, has been sold. Located at Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, N.Y., the ExxonMobil Avitat facility now operates under the name Supermarine, a sister operation to the FBO of the same name in Santa Monica, Calif.
Signature Flight Support and Avfuel further solidified their business relationship with an agreement last month. Avfuel, the largest independent fuel supplier, already had contracts to provide fuel for many of Signature’s 30 locations, but the new arrangement–identified by both parties as “a major fuel-supply agreement”–formalizes the relationship.
CRS Jet Spares of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has a deal for operators of the Learjet 35, 36 or 55–a replacement generator with an FAA-approved TBO of 3,000 hours, nearly three times the 1,050-hour TBO of the original generator for the airplanes.
Ed Duracka, director of aircraft maintenance for Safeway Insurance, made a chilling discovery while complying with Cessna Alert Service Letter (ASL) 750-29-09. The Romeoville, Ill., Lewis University Airport-based flight department operates a Cessna Citation X.
I have been following some of the discussion about the February flight of a British Airways 747-400 from Los Angeles to London after one of the airplane’s engines failed on takeoff. In addition to statements from the FAA, much has been written about this event, both in the aviation press and on the Internet, particularly among pilots and the academic community.
Aero Battery of Cincinnati has received its first FAA Diamond Award, with all of the company’s technicians having received FAA-approved training last year. Aero Battery has been selling and servicing aviation lead acid and nickel-cadmium batteries since 1973 to operators in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
The FAA also awarded Raytheon Aircraft Services the agency’s highest award for maintenance excellence. In addition to the service centers’ recognition, 278 employees each earned the recognition of an FAA award.
The FAA has awarded Executive Jet Management (EJM) a Diamond Award for aircraft maintenance training excellence. EJM received the award for having at least 25 percent of its maintenance technicians qualify for an individual training award last year. The company employs 122 maintenance technicians and supervisors and 54 support personnel.