With an eye toward expanding in the regional aircraft maintenance market, AAR Aircraft Services is exploring adding a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in the Salina, Kan. area.
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Aviation fuels provider Avfuel has added North Philadelphia Jet Center and the Kearney Aviation Center as branded Avfuel dealers. North Philadelphia Jet Center, located at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, provides ground support, transportation, overnight hangar rentals and tiedowns, in addition to such crew amenities as a pilot’s lounge, pool table, a rooftop hot tub and patio area as well as snooze rooms, showers and kitchen facilities.
In an all-too-predictable development, members of Congress have launched their annual attack on the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, again forcing the Regional Airline Association to devote disproportionate energy toward defending a relatively paltry $200 million out of the more than $129 billion in transportation spending the Obama Administration has proposed for FY2012.
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Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft received FAA approval to increase the mtow for its Kodiak turboprop single to 7,225 pounds, up from the existing 6,750 pounds. With the increase, the Kodiak’s useful load rises to 3,535 pounds. The Kodiak obtained FAA certification in 2007.
The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed de-ice effluent limitations guidelines has been extended to February 26, thanks to efforts by the National Air Transportation Association, Airports Council International-North America, American Association of Airport Executives and the Regional Airline Association.
Over the past two years the profile of the “traditional” Essential Air Service applicant has changed dramatically. No longer the nearly exclusive domain of
Quest Aircraft (Booth No. 4566) has received type certification from Canada and Papua New Guinea (PNG) and type acceptance certification from Indonesia for its Kodiak single-engine turboprop. “Canada is a prime market for us, as the Kodiak is the perfect platform for a variety of mission profiles flown in remote areas,” said Paul Schaller, Quest Aircraft’s president and CEO.
The Essential Air Service (EAS) program could see a significant boost next year once FAA reauthorization makes its way through conference committee. So far, the House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes an increase in EAS funding to $200 million from $136 million. Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to raise the amount to $175 million and the Administration’s budget calls for the same increase.
The DOT has awarded Portland, Ore.-based SeaPort Airlines Essential Air Service subsidies for routes from Memphis to four Arkansas communities starting October 1. Harrison, Hot Springs, El Dorado and Jonesboro, Ark., have gone without scheduled service since June 1 of last year, when Mesa Air Group dissolved Air Midwest, ending its Beech 1900 service to the four cities from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.