Cessna Caravan C208B, Opa Locka, Fla., Nov. 6, 2007–The Florida Air Cargo Caravan collided with the Island Air Service Beech 18 on a taxiway at Miami’s Opa Locka Airport. The Caravan had landed on Runway 9L and was cleared to Taxiway C. After crossing Taxiway P, the pilot saw the Beech 18 and tried unsuccessfully to avoid it. Both airplanes were substantially damaged but the three pilots were not injured.
Facing a serious financial crisis that threatens to force the company into bankruptcy, Safire Aircraft was evicted from its offices at Opa-Locka Airport in South Florida last month for failing to pay the rent after the would-be very-light-jet manufacturer fell three months behind in payments.
Miami Executive Aviation celebrated the groundbreaking for a new hangar at Opa Locka Executive Airport in Miami on May 23. The new 70,000-sq-ft hangar, set to open in the fourth quarter, will be large enough for Boeing Business Jets or Airbus A319s and will include office space, conference rooms and shop space.
The last time the Super Bowl was held in Miami, in 1999, the concept of regular temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) was yet to be revealed to the aviation world and traffic flowed smoothly, bringing spectators to watch the Denver Broncos crush the Atlanta Falcons 34 to 19. Fast-forward eight years and Miami was again host to the Super Bowl, but this time a TFR kept the skies over Dolphin Stadium free of general aviation traffic.
Quiet Technology Aerospace reports it recently installed its 45th Gulfstream Stage 3 hush kit. As the only viable provider of hush kits, the company sees a potential market of 350-plus GIIs, GIIBs and GIIIs “that are in a condition whereby the investment in a hush kit would be warranted.” The Opa Locka, Fla. company also said that its “break-even” point will come around installation 75.
Some 40 Gulfstream IIs and IIIs have been equipped with Quiet Technology Aerospace’s Stage 3 hush kit. The Opa Locka, Fla. company said GIIs and GIIIs equipped with its hush kit “can access any airport [in Europe, Asia and the U.S.] that a GIV/G450 can.”