After nearly 45 years of operation, Flower Aviation closed its doors at Colorado’s Pueblo Memorial Airport last week, just three months after its other location, which had served Salina (Kan.) Regional Airport for more than four decades, was taken over by Avflight. Known for its 10-minute quick-turn service, steak giveaways and in the past for its “Flower Girls,” the Pueblo location was the last to bear the Flower name.
Essential Air Service
Michigan-based aviation services provider Avflight has taken over the lease of the former Flower Aviation and fueling operation of America Jet, previously the two FBOs at Salina Regional Airport in Kansas. It will operate the two facilities as Avfuel-branded Avflight North and South. The addition marks Avflight’s ninth owned and operated location. The Salina Airport Authority board of directors approved a new 20-year lease for the former Flower Aviation property, with two 10-year renewal options for it and the other properties in the agreement.
Premier Aviation Overhaul Center and Cape Air announced the signing of a three-year agreement for the painting of Cape Air’s fleet of Cessna 402C passenger aircraft. The work will be performed in Premier’s paint facility in Rome, N.Y.
“This agreement solidifies our relationship with Cape Air and emphasizes the importance of value-added services such as aircraft painting as part of an overall airframe maintenance offering,” said Premier president and CEO Ronnie DiBartolo.
Cape Air’s fleet consists of 75 Cessna 402Cs, two ATR 42s and three Britten-Norman Islanders.
The Essential Air Service (EAS), a $193 million DOT program that subsidizes scheduled airline service to approximately 160 rural communities, saw an initial 2013 budget cut of $16 million in response to sequestration. The media response in rural communities was shrill, with headlines such as “Sequester could ground commercial air services statewide” (Mississippi Business Journal, March 22) and “Sequester could ground Great Lakes airline” (Wyoming Business Report, March 7).
Knox County Commissioners in Maine voted June 11 to claim eminent domain access to three properties located northwest of Knox County Regional Airport (KRKD) to cut down nearby trees. The trees have grown into protected runway airspace along the extended runway centerline of Runway 13. This is not the first time trees have posed a problem. A Learjet 45 on a nighttime approach to Saratoga Springs Airport in July 2008 struck trees growing near the runway centerline.
Volo Aviation was awarded a three-year contract to manage the FBO at Plattsburgh (N.Y.) International Airport, the company announced today. The airport serves the Plattsburgh/Montreal/Lake Placid Region, including northern New York State, southern Quebec and Vermont.
New England regional Cape Air has resigned itself to shedding all 70 of its Cessna 402s once it finally reaches terms on an agreement for a new fleet type, the company’s new president Linda Markham told AIN at the RAA Convention in Montreal on Wednesday.
Quest Aircraft Company received type certification for its Kodiak turboprop single from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC). The airplane is now certified in seven countries around the world, and the company continues to work on additional approvals. The Kodiak completed a three-week demonstration tour in Latin America last fall, and Quest is preparing to embark on another tour of the region next month.
When Congress adjourned for summer recess last month without extending FAA funding for the 21st time, leaving thousands of furloughed workers in a state of limbo, only a promise to Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to “protect” small communities from a loss of scheduled air service would finally convince the Senate to pass a House bill described by Democrats as another
A measure in the latest temporary FAA funding extension to completely cut the Essential Air Service (EAS) program in the lower 48 states by October 2013 will no doubt face some stiff opposition from the likes of Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and well it should.
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