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.
The Los Angeles board of airport commissioners, the agency that oversees several airports in the metropolitan area, announced last month it was suing charter operator Pacific Jet. The suit involves what the board called Pacific Jet’s “repeated noise violations” at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
In the past, LED (light-emitting diode) lighting was just one small piece of the total cabin lighting puzzle, said Rod Stoehr, general manager of B/E Aerospace’s Holbrook, N.Y. facility near Long Island MacArthur Airport. “Now we’re offering the whole LED package.”
That package includes indirect-wash cabin lighting, adjustable overhead reading lights, and flexible-arm reading lights.
Not so long ago, the owner of an executive Boeing 737 approached the aircraft carpeting specialists at Kalogridis International with a rather unusual request. The floor of the foreign-registered airplane was covered in common stick-down felt carpet tiles, and he wanted the same thing in a replacement carpet.
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has asked governors, local officials–such as airport directors and metropolitan planning organizations–and other transportation leaders to nominate high-priority projects that the Transportation Department can give expedited agency reviews for permits.