Ross Aviation acquired the assets of FBO Louisiana Aircraft at Baton Rouge (La.) Metropolitan Airport. Like the other facilities acquired by Ross, the FBO will continue to operate under its own name. In addition, Landon Petty will continue to serve as its general manager. This is Ross Aviation’s sixth acquisition this year and brings the Ross Aviation roster of FBOs to 19 airports in 11 states stretching from Hawaii to New Jersey and from Florida to Washington State.
The pilot of a helicopter operated by Panther Helicopters of Belle Chasse, La., was killed on October 9 when the aircraft he was flying crashed shortly after departing an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Two of the three other people aboard were injured and flown to the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans for treatment. The type of helicopter involved and the circumstances of the crash were not known as of press time.
Landon Petty, COO of Louisiana Aircraft in Baton Rouge, has been named chairman of the Air Elite Network board and will serve that role through the end of next year. He succeeds former chairman Steve Lasseter, who left the industry to pursue other projects. Larry Wade, owner of Golden Isles Aviation, Saint Simons Island, Ga., replaces Petty as vice chairman. Air Elite, a network of independent FBOs, was created last year by World Fuel Services from the remnants of the disbanded Avitat network.
Atlanta-based Precision Heliparts (Booth No. C5305), a provider of products and services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industries, has announced the opening of two new sales and services facilities.
The center in Lafayette, La., serves the largest single concentration of helicopters in the world; the Brisbane office serves the Australasia region, which “has seen unrivaled fleet growth over the past five years,” according to David Mast, president and CEO of parent company Precision Aviation Group.
New Orleans Lakefront Airport is requiring reservations for aircraft operators flying into the airport from February 1 to 4 due to the Super Bowl XLVII on February 3. “A heavy volume of air traffic is expected during this time, so a parking reservation system has been established to ensure that ramp space will be available for arriving aircraft,” notes an advisory from New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services in New Orleans completed an extensive restoration of its terminal after Lakefront Airport suffered flooding from Hurricane Isaac in September. The $3.5 million facility opened as an FBO in February and Hawthorne acquired it only a month before the storm. Like other service providers on the field, the Hawthorne FBO was forced to relocate to a trailer while the ground floor of the building was gutted and rebuilt.
For U.S. Gulf Coast residents history repeated itself at the end of August when Hurricane Isaac struck, seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore and nearly drowned New Orleans. The storm caused the temporary closure of several area airports and forced others to declare “ATC-zero” status due to tower shutdowns or other lapses in contact with ATC.
Metro Aviation, the Shreveport, La., EMS provider and completions facility, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The company was launched at Baton Rouge Municipal Airport, then moved to Shreveport. Metro Aviation initially provided aircraft maintenance services and flew aeromedical and news gathering missions in a Hughes 500. The missions were unique, in that while gathering news, the helicopter was on standby for EMS calls.
The first NBAA business aviation regional forum in 2012 was held in New Orleans on Thursday, marking “a triumphant return to the Crescent City” six years after Hurricane Katrina forced the association to move its annual convention from the flood-damaged region. “NBAA is pleased with the results of the New Orleans forum,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
The former Million Air FBO facility at New Orleans Lakefront Airport that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 will officially rise from the ashes tomorrow when Odyssey Aviation opens its new 30,000-sq-ft complex. Although the name is different, the FBO is under the same ownership; the Cincinnati-headquartered FBO group rebranded its seven FBOs from Million Air to Odyssey Aviation in 2008.
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