While thousands of spectators watched the thrilling conclusion to last month’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, FBO operators in the Louisville area gazed out over ramps packed with aircraft. According to industry flight data provider FlightAware, 639 general aviation flights arrived in the Louisville area in the 72 hours before the race. At Louisville International Airport-Standiford Field, Atlantic Aviation, the lone FBO on the airport, saw 609 arrivals from Wednesday to Sunday, according to general manager Kimberly Deman.
Cessna Aircraft will position mobile service units (MSUs) in support of seven 2012 special events. Starting with the recent Super Bowl, additional events to be covered include the Daytona 500, NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, The Masters (Augusta, Ga.), Kentucky Derby (Louisville, Ky.), Indianapolis 500 and the Summer Olympics in London. MSUs perform scheduled maintenance, including phase inspections and maintenance steering group (MSG) tasked-based inspection documents.