Three jets are now flying in the Learjet 70/75 flight-test program. The first two are a Learjet 40XR and 45XR modified with the Bombardier Vision cockpit, which was installed at Garmin’s New Century AirCenter facility near company headquarters in Olathe, Kan. The Vision flight deck in the Learjet 70 and 75 is based on a Garmin G5000 avionics suite, which features touchscreen controllers mounted in the cockpit pedestal, synthetic vision display on the PFDs and Garmin’s new solid-state GWX 70 radar.
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The Learjet 85, the first all-composite Part 25 business jet, remains on track for certification and entry into service next year, according to Bombardier. “Four test aircraft are in various stages of production,” the company noted, and shipment of the first pressure vessel from Bombardier’s factory in Querétaro, Mexico, to the final-assembly plant in Wichita was imminent (in mid-July). At the Querétaro factory, technicians completed construction of the first Learjet 85’s wing internal structure and the wing was moved to the final-assembly position for installation of the wing plank.
Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN), the first private FBO facility in Nigeria, is reporting a steady increase in operations since it opened last year. From July to December 2011, the facility at Murtala Mohammad International Airport in Lagos handled 478 movements. That total rose to 976 movements between January and June. To meet that growing demand, the facility has increased staff to 39 from 11.
Facing 100 percent hangar occupancy at Atlanta’s Cobb County Airport/McCollum Field, the Atlanta Executive Jet Center (AEJC) has completed its Corporate Row Hangar Project, a $7 million development. Occupying a six-acre plot leased by the AEJC in 2010, it consists of 100,000 sq ft of corporate hangar space along with 240,000 sq ft of new ramp at the airport, which averages 183 movements a day. The new complex is expected to generate $9 million a year for the local community.
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services has acquired a second FBO in its bid to establish a network. The South Carolina-based company, which has an 80-year heritage in aviation, purchased a controlling interest in the Aeropremier facility at New Orleans Lakefront Airport and will rebrand it as a Hawthorne property. The location, which completed extensive renovations earlier this year, has more than 50,000 sq ft of hangar space and can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a G550.
New York-based Allied Aviation has signed a deal with Canada’s Niagara District Airport to purchase the airport’s fuel farm and establish an FBO. Operations began at the end of August. The airport, which is located near Niagara Falls, sees approximately 40,000 movements annually. It sold the 5,300-gallon jet-A and 5,300-gallon avgas capacity fuel farm that it took over in 2008 after the previous FBO operator left the airport. The airport authority has been providing rudimentary services since.
To mark its one-year anniversary, privately owned Austin Executive Airport opened a new 26,650-sq-ft hangar, bringing its available leased shelter space to more than 63,000 sq ft. Built as part of a $33 million master plan by Houston businessman Ron Henriksen, the airport features an 18,249-sq-ft arrival canopy and a 6,025-foot runway that can handle the newest business aircraft, including the Gulfstream G650 and new Bombardier Globals.
The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is in the process of accepting proposals from companies interested in operating the Executive Jet Centre, the FBO at Piarco International Airport on the island of Trinidad. The three-year-old facility, housed in the airport’s South terminal, features 8,400 sq ft of space, customs and immigration facilities, two VIP lounges with individual food preparation areas, two crew lounges, a conference room and staff rooms, and more than 700,000 sq ft of available ramp parking.
In an effort to strengthen and speed up the certification process for Part 23 aircraft, a government/industry working group is trying to find a better approach to getting aircraft, avionics and powerplants to the market faster.
Blue Ash Airport, a part of Cincinnati, Ohio since the 1920s, was slated to close at the end of August following the city’s notification to the FAA, effectively ending a five-year battle between the city and airport users. As recently as last year the city had promised that the airport would continue to operate, albeit in a reconfigured form, but by mid-August crews had begun to remove the tanks in the fuel farm.
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