Aircraft operations in Indiana are about to become more affordable after state legislators approved a slate of aviation tax exemptions and restructurings. The measures, adopted at the urging of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) and other aviation groups, remove state sales tax on jet fuel and 100LL avgas and restructure the previously existing excise tax on aviation fuel to a fixed total state tax rate.
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Kurt Edwards, formerly the FAA senior advisor for policy, international aviation, and environment, was named director general of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). He replaces Donald Spruston, who is retiring.
Signature Flight Support has appointed Sami Teittinen as CFO. Before this appointment he held the same position for sister company ASIG.
Mike Flint, previously v-p and sales director for corporate aircraft finance with GE Capital, has joined CIT Business Aircraft as v-p of U.S. sales.
Local Atlanta FBO Hill Aircraft & Leasing (Booth No. 6244) is celebrating its 55th year at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field here at NBAA. The family-owned FBO was founded by U.S. Navy aviator Guy Hill, Sr., in 1955. While a pilot for Eastern Airlines, Hill started buying and selling airplanes and then bought an FBO at Fulton County for $10,000.
Piaggio America has added three new locations–Crownair Aviation in San Diego and Carlsbad, Calif., and Constant Aviation in Birmingham, Ala.–to its list of North American authorized service centers to support the Avanti II twin turboprop. Crownair Aviation offers fuel, maintenance and avionics services at its Montgomery Airport facility in San Diego.
August 2010 is the target date set for opening Duncan Aviation’s third full-service maintenance facility. Located on Provo Municipal Airport in Utah, the facility will provide airframe, engine, interior completions, exterior paint and avionics installation services for business aircraft from around the world.
Wing Aviation (Booth No. 1818) officials announced at NBAA ’02 that the grand opening of its aviation service center at Montgomery County Airport in Conroe, Texas, will be October 19. Although there have been some delays, company president Brian Wing said the facility, with 54,000 sq ft of hangar space for paint, detailing and service, is nearing completion.
Opened in 1997, Thunder Aviation at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in Chesterfield, Mo., recently completed a 39,000-sq-ft storage hangar. The new hangar includes 9,000 sq ft of office space that can be tailored to the needs of tenants. With the new addition, the FBO now has more than 100,000 sq ft under roof. Thunder offers maintenance and avionics service to aircraft of all sizes, as well as hangar storage for based corporate customers.
As of May 1, the former Island Aviation FBO at Merritt Island Airport in Florida reopened as the second FBO owned by Atlas Aviation. Atlas’s first FBO is located at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa, Fla. Atlas plans to continue improving the hangar, lobby and office facilities at Merritt Island while offering visiting pilots and local operators fuel, maintenance, storage and office rental.