The Greater Rockford (Ill.) Airport Authority (GRAA) and Rock Valley College (RVC) broke ground on a new RVC Aviation Maintenance Technology Program site. The 40,000-sq-ft facility, which will be located on the grounds of Chicago Rockford International Airport, will house the RVC educational course of study for aeronautical maintenance and repair and will allow RVC to expand and enhance its current program. Rockford is a major center of aerospace activity, with more than 200 aerospace suppliers operating in the region.
Geography of Illinois
Though not often mentioned among aerospace centers of excellence, Rockford, Illinois, home to five major tier 1 aerospace suppliers, deserves a top spot on the list, according to the Rockford Area Aerospace Network (RAAN). The organization is making that case here at the Farnborough Airshow and points out that every single airplane flying today contains at least one part manufactured in Rockford, according to RAAN (Hall 2 Stand 23).
Think of a city considered an aerospace manufacturing hub: Seattle, Toulouse, Wichita, São Jose dos Campos and Montreal all come to mind.
How about Rockford, Illinois?
For the third year in a row, the Rockford (Ill.) Area Aerospace Network (Booth No. 2930) is attending the NBAA Convention to demonstrate the region’s continuing growth as an aviation manufacturing hub.
Savoy, Ill.-based Flightstar has purchased the assets of Bloomington Avionics. Under the terms of the agreement the staff at Bloomington Avionics, as well as its assets and services, will transfer to Flightstar’s FBO facility at Champaign-Urbana’s University of Illinois-Willard Airport. Bloomington Avionics operated for more than 30 years at Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill., as an FAA Class I and II avionics repair station serving owners of high-performance single- and twin-engine aircraft.
Landmark Aviation has added another FBO to its network after purchasing the assets of DB Aviation at Waukegan Regional Airport in Waukegan, Ill. The purchase brings the Landmark chain to 41 FBOs. “DB Aviation will be a great addition to our network, and will expand our presence in the Midwest,” said Landmark president and CEO Dan Bucaro.
StandardAero is now offering TFE731 heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul out of its 265,000-sq-ft production and support facility in Springfield. “We’re driving our business aviation unit back to our customer’s needs. We’d taken our eye off that mark and in the 12 months since last year’s NBAA we’ve done everything we said we would do,” Scott Taylor, senior v-p of business aviation, told AIN.
DB Aviation, a Chicago-area FBO and charter operator based at Waukegan Regional Airport, has renamed its FBO DB Flight Center. The FBO added a 43,000-sq-ft hangar last year and recently added 11 jets to its charter/management fleet in various locations throughout the U.S. Waukegan Airport’s location outside the Chicago Class B airspace makes flying out of the airport much simpler. Onsite U.S. Customs is also available at Waukegan Airport.
The FAA has released details of how general aviation traffic will be severely constrained when President Obama stays at his Chicago home. Operators wishing to fly to Midway Airport will have to obtain a TSA special events waiver and undergo TSA security screening at gateway airports Rockford International, Greater Peoria Regional or South Bend Regional before continuing to Midway.
FBO chain Landmark Aviation has expanded the presence of its FBO at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Ill., with the acquisition of the assets of competing FBO First Class Air. This doesn’t change Landmark’s total FBO count, which remains at 42 facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. “This acquisition will make our presence stronger in the Springfield market,” said Dan Bucaro, Landmark’s president and CEO.
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