Turboprop-engine manufacturers continue to develop technologies in anticipation of future demand for new or derivative regional airliners designed to carry approximately 90 passengers, a step up from contemporary aircraft offering around 70 seats. By January 1, Pratt & Whitney Canada hoped to have completed the first phase of a next-generation regional turboprop (NGRT) demonstration program intended to validate characteristics for a main centrifugal compressor. Meanwhile, U.S.
Tennessee-based aviation services provider Crystal Air was selected from among several candidates to run the lone FBO at Apalachicola Regional Airport in Florida. The company received a five-year lease at the airport and expects to complete renovation of the 5,000-sq-ft terminal by the end of this month. The Phillips 66-branded FBO offers free Wi-Fi, a flight-planning room and courtesy car, and on-site car rental. It has 30,000 sq ft of hangar space and can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a GIV.
Privately owned asset management company Black Forest Ventures has purchased the Galaxy Air Services FBO at Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, Texas. One of three providers on the Houston-area county-owned airport, Galaxy was created in 2006, and its new owners plan to move it to a larger facility currently under construction on the southeast side of the airport, near the end of Runway 14-32. Black Forest was selected after a formal RFP process to create a new FBO at the airport, and was awarded a 40-year lease on the new 15-acre site.
Galley inserts supplier Aerolux has come under new management following the passing of founder and owner Ken Metcalfe in June.
A leadership team headed by new chairman and CEO Tony Robinson includes Rob Shelton. Both men come from a long tenure with UKIP Media & Events and the Aircraft Interiors Expo, which Robinson founded.
While Hawthorne Global Aviation might be one of the newest FBO brands in the field, in its DNA it is also one of the oldest. The Hawthorne name has been involved in aviation since the early 1930s and the company’s chain of service locations was purchased in 1998 by the Carlyle Group to form the bones of what is now Landmark Aviation.
Aviation Training Academy (ATA) has launched an online training course intended for FBOs, corporate flight departments, municipalities or anyone else involved with aviation fueling operations. The curriculum includes topics such as specifications and distribution of aviation fuels, procedures for receiving a bulk fuel delivery, aviation fuel filtration, quality control and testing, fuel-farm maintenance and operation, ramp safety and fire training. Cost of the course, which is available through the company’s website, is $395.
Marshall Aerospace has entered the pre-owned aircraft sales sector and is expanding its charter activities as part of a relaunch of its business aviation division. The Cambridge, UK-based group is combining its existing Marshall Business Aviation handling and maintenance subsidiary and Marshall Executive Aviation charter operator with the new sales unit in a bid to create a one-stop bizav services brand called Jetability. This also encompasses its concierge support and limousine services.
AgustaWestland is giving serious consideration to building production models of the AW609 civil tiltrotor in the U.S., possibly in Texas, a senior executive told AIN last month. Robert LaBelle, managing director of the AgustaWestland TiltRotor Co., said that initially the aircraft will be built partially in Italy and the U.S. but that the ultimate decision on where to conduct final assembly will be “driven by the customer base.” Some 35 percent of that customer base, he noted, is predicted to be in the U.S.
Bristol Flying Center (BFC), the aviation services provider at the UK’s Bristol Airport, has completed an expansion after its parent company signed two handling contracts, one of them with a regional airline that handles Airbus corporate business. The FBO expects to see its annual passenger numbers increase 1,700 percent as a result of the agreements, which take effect this month. The company has completed two new passenger lounges and a separate crew lounge, along with new security screening facilities and redesigned reception areas in its 6,500-sq-ft terminal.
Embraer appears ever more bullish on the prospects for its products in China, judging by its most recent market forecast for the country. Released during November’s Airshow China international aerospace exhibition held in Shanghai, the forecast predicts that the number of aircraft holding between 30 and 120 passenger seats will grow more than eight-fold, from 125 today to 1,005 in 2031.