NetJets has shelved plans for a $200 million operations and training campus in Columbus, Ohio, and is instead going forward with a more modest $21 million expansion to its existing complex at Port Columbus Regional Airport. It will build a new 140,000-sq-ft facility that will be connected to NetJets’ existing Bridgeway Avenue facility to help implement plans to consolidate its headquarters and operations in Columbus.
NetJets yesterday announced the start of an operational consolidation plan for two of the company’s North American fractional aircraft subsidiaries–NetJets Aviation (NJA) and NetJets International (NJI). Columbus, Ohio-based NJA flies everything but the Gulfstream fleet; NJI, based in Okatie, S.C., operates the fractional Gulfstream fleet.
GE Aviation plans to create an Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research & Development Center near Dayton, Ohio, to research more-electric aircraft systems. The center, which will also explore other non-aviation uses of more-electric technology, is expected to open in 2012.
Deutsche Post DHL announced on January 19 that it has agreed with Ohio’s Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA) to donate DHL’s former Air Hub/Wilmington Airpark to Wilmington, Ohio. The transfer is expected to close before the end of this month. The airport features two runways–one 10,701 feet long and the other 9,000 feet. DHL invested $310 million in the airport before shutting down cargo operations there in 2008.
A Mitsubishi MU-2 crashed on the afternoon of January 18 during approach to landing at Lorain County Regional airport in Elyria, Ohio, killing all four occupants aboard the turboprop twin. This is the first fatal MU-2 accident since the FAA issued new special FARs governing MU-2 pilot training (for more on this training, see page 30).
The Dayton Air Show again selected Aviation Sales as the preferred FBO for the annual airshow at James M. Cox Dayton International Airport. The show, held July 18 and 19, brought a big boost in business to Aviation Sales, which also owns an FBO at Dayton Wright Brothers Airport. The Dayton facility is the closest to the runway and has a large ramp and hangars available for overnight storage.
In a major management shake-up at fractional provider NetJets, company founder, chairman and CEO Richard Santulli on August 4 unexpectedly resigned, effective immediately. Credited as the “father of the fractional aircraft industry,” Santulli said he plans to remain with NetJets as a consultant for at least a year.
NetJets’ new chairman and acting CEO, David Sokol, has barely been at the helm of the fractional provider a week, but he isn’t wasting any time in restructuring the company that lost nearly $350 million in the first half of this year.
It shouldn’t be news that a corporate flight department is inviting the public to a day of fun at the local airport, but in an era when users of private jets are being vilified by the general media, this is an example of community relations that other flight departments might want to emulate.
“I’ve wanted to be a pilot since I was a little kid, but for a long time it didn’t seem possible,” Mike Grossmann, president of Castle Aviation, told AIN. Born in Germany and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., Grossmann and his family moved to Youngstown, Ohio when he was 14.