While heavy snowfall early last month limited aircraft operations at airports up and down the U.S. eastern seaboard, the Washington, D.C.-area airports were the hardest hit. Reagan National Airport recorded 17.8 inches of snow on February 5 and 6, while outlying areas saw more than two feet. Manassas (Va.) Regional Airport reported more than 30 inches and Dulles International, about 26 miles from downtown D.C.
Just four days after being buried by record snowfall in the Washington, D.C. area, business aviation in the nation’s capital is bracing itself today for another four to eight inches. Reagan National Airport recorded 16.4 inches of snow on Friday and into Saturday, and reports from outlying areas were in excess of two feet of the white stuff.
Signature Flight Support completed a major renovation of its London Gatwick FBO, enhancing the facility with modern décor featuring warm solid woods, new window treatments, furnishings, restrooms, a kitchen, two VIP lounges and a crew lounge with business center.
Luma Technologies (Booth No. 3583) has introduced a suite of integrated LED displays for King Airs. The product is designed to replace aging and problematic incandescent caution/warning panels.
A private jet terminal at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is scheduled to open ahead of the World Expo in May. Construction is now well under way, with the terminal structure already completed but not yet outfitted inside. The executive terminal will have security inspections, quarantine and customs separate from the other terminals at Hongqiao Airport.
When jet-A prices spiked last year after oil prices rose to new highs, pilots complained that the large FBO chains were taking advantage of monopoly locations to extract stiff per-gallon prices and high ramp fees from jet-A-buying customers. It’s true that prices rose, in some cases above $8 per gallon at some locations where sole FBOs are the norm.
Sabreliner’s “tactical VIP kits” are becoming a popular upgrade for the UH-60 Black Hawk. Since receiving a blanket airworthiness approval to manufacture and install the VIP kit a year ago, the St. Louis, Mo.-based company has installed more than 200 of the customized seat cushions in Black Hawks. The kit includes memory foam cushions and skirts, floor covering and stainless steel thresholds.
AIC, the Aircraft Institute for Craftsmen, is scheduled to open its doors next spring to train executive interiors specialists. According to founder Pierre Moroni, president of Syncro Aircraft Interiors at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, the motivation for launching the school is the persistent, industry-wide problem of finding skilled interiors technicians.
Precision Pattern, a Wichita-based specialist in aircraft interior cabinetry and finish, has signed an agreement with Appearance Group to provide after-market support in terms of touch-up, repair and mechanical adjustments for cabin cabinetry. As part of the agreement, Appearance Group will receive training and instruction from Precision Pattern.
A Hawker 900XP crew recently discovered after landing that a slightly out-of-tolerance closing mechanism can render the cabin door unopenable from inside the airplane, leaving the emergency hatch the only exit. The pilot radioed a lineman to grab the keys through the pilot’s side window and unlock the door handle from outside.