Million Air Van Nuys (VNY), Calif., still awaiting final approval to begin construction on its permanent facility upgrade, has completed a $750,000 interim renovation project. Harold Lee, president of Million Air Van Nuys and its sister operation Million Air Burbank, said, “While we wait to start construction of our new hangar and office project, we decided it was time to upgrade our existing FBO for our customers.
SWEARINGEN MERLIN IIIB, SPOKANE VALLEY, WASH, NOV. 20, 2003–Swearingen Merlin IIIB N439AF, owned by Ameriflight of Burbank, Calif., was destroyed when it crashed into trees approximately one mile short of the runway on an ILS approach to Spokane Valley, Wash. in IMC conditions. The accident occurred at approximately 4:06 p.m. The flight was operated as Ameriflight AMF1996 and the pilot, who was alone, was killed.
Million Air Burbank, Calif. (BUR), recently held its grand-opening celebration. The new facility–owned by Harold Lee, who also owns Million Air Van Nuys–provides a second choice for visitors to the “beautiful downtown” city made famous by former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson. The heavily trafficked airport is one of the primary business aviation destinations, along with nearby Van Nuys, for the entertainment industry.
An upcoming standoff for parts could spell serious problems for Lockheed JetStar owners. Some operators report Lockheed Martin will soon revise the maintenance manual, setting life limits for wing attachment bolts, tail pivot fittings, flaps and nosewheel steering. While not yet mandated by an AD, repairs could cost each operator $250,000 to $300,000, or about one-third of the aircraft’s current hull value.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection opened a new office at Santa Maria Airport (SMX) on December 4, with operating hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Jim Kunkle, president of FBO Central Coast Jet Center, said that Santa Maria is a frequent launch point for business jet flights to Hawaii. The first customer to use the new customs service was a BBJ flying from Asia early last month.
Avjet, an aircraft charter, management, sales and leasing company, announced an expansion of its operation at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport in Southern California. The company said it needs the new 54,000-sq-ft 2.8-acre facility–which it expects to move into in December next year–to accommodate growth. The extra hangar space will include enough room for two Boeing Business Jets and a Gulfstream V.
On June 30, Perfect Jet Travel launched per-seat, twice-weekly scheduled charter service between Aspen, Colo., and Dallas and Aspen and Burbank/Los Angeles using business jets. Perfect Jet said all seats are sold on a one-way basis at $1,750 each. Dallas-based Bombardier JetSolutions or another vetted Part 135 charter provider operates the actual flights. Perfect Jet is headed by Dennis Keith, who is also president of Bombardier JetSolutions.
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