Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support opened a factory-owned aircraft maintenance facility last week at New Castle County Airport in Wilmington, Del. The Part 145 repair station offers airframe, engine, avionics and mobile service support for the company’s entire product line, from the Bonanza to the Hawker 4000.
“Our customers requested a factory-owned service facility in the Northeast; we listened and delivered with Hawker Beechcraft Services Wilmington on New Castle County Airport in Wilmington, Delaware,” Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Global Customer Support, told AIN. “The customer support team is designed to instill confidence and peace of mind.
Middletown, Del.-based Summit Aviation has launched a 78,000-sq-ft expansion and renovation of its 160,000-sq-ft facility. The project will create additional hangars, workshops, warehouses, a training center and office space.
New Jersey FBO and maintenance provider Millville Jet Center closed its doors last month. The company was unable to meet its financial obligations, which included $500,000 owed to the Delaware River & Bay Authority for lease revenue and fuel flowage fees. Millville Jet Center had negotiated an agreement to restructure the debt, but the company was unable to continue operating. About 70 employees lost their jobs.
Pro-Star Aviation of Londonderry, N.H., has been designated a PC-12NG service center and sales rep. The company will be responsible for servicing the northeastern region, including Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Michigan.
An amendment to Massachusetts’ recently approved 2002 budget (H.B.3207) will eliminate the 5-percent sales and use tax when aircraft and aircraft parts are sold in the state, starting in March. Even though the tax- break amendment was approved as the legislature completed its business for the year, state tax officials will need until March to make the required procedural changes that formally extinguish the tax.
Because the final bid for a 44,000-sq-ft paint hangar at Falcon Jet’s Wilmington, Del. service facility went “well beyond estimates,” groundbreaking has been delayed. The cost is a “critical issue” that must be resolved between Falcon Jet and its lessor and financial partner, the Delaware River Bay Authority, before construction can start.
Dassault Falcon announced last month a multi-year expansion at its Wilmington, Del. facilities that will include use of an existing 22,000-sq-ft hangar for interior completion work. The announcement is particularly timely as this year Dassault expects to deliver 80 business jets; it expects that number to increase to more than 100 next year.