Million Air (Booth No. 4671) has a “sustained strategy” for not merely making it through this recession, but coming out the other end stronger and in a position to take advantage of the recovery.
The Meridian Companies at Teterboro Airport come to Orlando epitomizing the old saw that “when times get tough the tough get going.” The Meridian NBAA booth (No. 1890) showcases the four facets of the New Jersey airport business: Meridian Teterboro-FBO Services; Meridian Jet Center, an FAA Part 145 repair station and detailing service; Meridian Air Charter and Meridian Aircraft Management.
Wilson Air Center has entered into an agreement with Tunica Air Group to provide a range of maintenance services.
PIPER MERIDIAN, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., MARCH 7, 2003–The pilot and his two passengers were killed when their Meridian, N522RF, turbine single clipped power lines and crashed while maneuvering to land at Double Eagle II Airport in night VMC. Witnesses said the pilot made a normal 45-degree entrance to the downwind for a right base to Runway 22.
In the upheaval over the remarks by ex-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who learned to fly as a teenager, was named as his replacement.
Although Lott (R-Miss.) resigned his post as leader, he remains in the Senate and has muscled his way into the chairmanship of the Senate aviation subcommittee, displacing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), who was thought to be in line for the position.
Sen. Trent Lott (R. Miss.), the ranking Republican on the Senate aviation subcommittee, abruptly announced yesterday that he plans to resign next month to enter the private sector. Lott, an early advocate of user fees for general aviation, is widely seen as a supporter of GA whose “political push” is always a force to be reckoned with. By leaving before year-end, he will be eligible to lobby the Senate by January 2009.
“In Washington, D.C., no bad idea ever dies,” National Association of State Aviation Officials president and CEO Henry Ogrodzinski said of aviation user fees late last month at the American Association of Airport Executives General Aviation Issues Conference in Naples, Fla. “Even if a good [FAA reauthorization] bill passes this time, user fees will still come up next time.”
A proud Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) was on hand early last month to open the new 5,500-foot runway and 10,000-sq-ft terminal building at Tunica, Miss. Located near the Tennessee border 12 miles south of Memphis, Tunica hosts some 12 million visitors annually to its nine casino resorts. Other attractions include restaurants, golf courses, museums, manufacturers’ outlets and antique shopping.
Corporate aviation took flak on FAA funding proposals this morning as the architects of S.1300, the Senate FAA financing bill that includes a $25 user fee for most flights, made it clear they want business aircraft users to pay more toward ATC modernization. “I don’t want to create a system where airline passengers subsidize corporate jets,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), chairman of the senate aviation subcommittee.
Lou Pepper, president of Atlantic Aviation, today told AIN he was “saddened and disheartened” by the lack of news about how the Atlantic FBO at New Orleans Lakefront Airport weathered Hurricane Katrina. “You’d think this was 1955 rather than 2005,” he said.