Lakeland, Fla.-based Gulf Coast Avionics has entered into a marketing and sales partnership with Platinum Aviation in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. Under the agreement, Gulf Coast Avionics will be the exclusive supplier of avionics sales, service and installation and pilot supply products to Platinum Aviation.
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South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, and Lindsey Graham, one of the state’s two U.S. senators, have made the trip to Farnborough to help the South Carolina Department of Commerce (in the U.S. Pavilion, Hall 3 Stand B3) and local economic developers attract more aerospace investment to their sunny, southern state.
While some members of Congress have taken an antagonistic stance toward business aviation in recent times, two senators from Arkansas expressed their support for the industry at a forum held last month at Dassault Falcon’s Little Rock National Airport facility.
At the General Aviation Jobs for Arkansas Forum held last week at a hangar at Dassault Falcon’s facility at Little Rock National Airport, politicians joined officials from Dassault and Hawker Beechcraft, about 100 community leaders and more than 500 Dassault and Hawker Beechcraft employees to focus on general aviation’s contributions to the Arkansas economy.
SATSair, the largest Cirrus SR22 on-demand charter operator in the U.S., reported a 60-percent increase in the number of flights last year and booked an average of three flights per day into all the major economic centers in South Carolina, including Greenville, Charleston, Hilton Head, Columbia and Myrtle Beach.
Steven Levesque has been appointed president of Hawthorne Corp. headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, following the sudden death of former president Dean Harton in March. Levesque was previously senior vice president of Hawthorne. He had been with the company from 1995 to 1998 and then rejoined it in 2007. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
Fayetteville Air Service FBO is out and the city of Fayetteville, Ark., is in as far as fueling and other transient aircraft services are concerned at Drake Field. The sudden departure of the FBO occurred just as the airport is gearing up for business traffic associated with the college football season featuring the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.
Piedmont Hawthorne of Winston-Salem, N.C., has been elevated to platinum status as an authorized Raytheon service center. It indicates a superior level of audit compliance with authorized service center standards for tooling, spares, technical library, training and facilities based on an annual review by Raytheon Aircraft. Seven of Piedmont Hawthorne’s 13 Regional Corporate Maintenance Centers are Raytheon service centers.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently opened an office at Rogers Municipal Airport-Carter Field in Northwest Arkansas. The full-service CBP office is housed at Beaver Lake Aviation on the airport, which is owned by Wal-Mart Stores. Since offering this service, the airport has experienced a dramatic increase in international operations, according to NBAA. The airport is also planning to open a contract control tower in August.
According to a Little Rock local newspaper account, hangar space is hard to come by in the state of Arkansas, especially the capital city. Adams Field (LIT) is reported to be tapped out on hangar accommodations, and some local businessmen said they are concerned the situation could curtail economic growth in the city.
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