The C-27J Spartan twin turboprop, selected by the U.S. Army in 2007 to provide intra-theater airlift support in austere environments such as Afghanistan and shifted to Air Force jurisdiction two years later, now faces early retirement to the aircraft “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona.
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Aviation fuels provider Avfuel has added North Philadelphia Jet Center and the Kearney Aviation Center as branded Avfuel dealers. North Philadelphia Jet Center, located at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, provides ground support, transportation, overnight hangar rentals and tiedowns, in addition to such crew amenities as a pilot’s lounge, pool table, a rooftop hot tub and patio area as well as snooze rooms, showers and kitchen facilities.
When the former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, N.H., was converted into a civil airport in the early 1990s, Bob Jesurum, a computer hardware and software developer, saw an opportunity to build an aviation business. Instead of opening an FBO first then adding other services, Jesurum started a maintenance shop–Port City Aircraft Repair–in one of the gigantic old Air Force hangars at the airport.
Port City Air will renovate and manage multiple hangars at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, the former Pease Air Force Base Strategic Air Command facility in Portsmouth, N.H. Port City Air also operates fixed-wing and rotorcraft maintenance and avionics services.
Shell fuel dealer Port City Air plans to renovate and manage multiple hangars at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, the former Pease Air Force Base Strategic Air Command facility in Portsmouth, N.H.
For many years the U.S. Air Force has operated a fleet of surplus Phantom IIs as QF-4s in the full-scale aerial target role (FSAT). Under projected usage rates, that fleet will be consumed within the next few years. Now, the Air Force has taken the first step to providing a replacement. Not surprisingly, the type chosen is the Lockheed Martin F-16, the older variants of which are entering the boneyard in some numbers.
On Monday three U.S. Air Force nuclear-capable bomber wings joined the new Air Force Global Strike Command, bringing together the USAF’s nuclear strike assets in a single organization for the first time since the dismantling of Strategic Air Command in 1992.
While other aviation maintenance companies have been struggling, Mather Aviation has been able to expand, Victor Cushing, owner and president, told AIN.
New members of the Phillips 66 aviation fuel dealer network include Butterfly Aviation at Renner Field in Goodland, Kan.; Otis Air Service, the sole FBO at Kearney Regional Airport in Nebraska; Sioux Air at Martin Field in South Sioux City, Neb.; Tate Aviation at Southern Illinois Airport, Murphysboro, Ill.; and TBD Aviation at Olney-Noble Airport in Noble, Ill.
Aerospatiale SA 365N-1 Dauphin, Camp Springs, Md. Sept. 28, 2008–The Maryland State Police EMS helicopter crashed three miles from Andrews AFB while on a medevac flight. Of the five people aboard, four were killed and one was severely injured. According to news sources, the aircraft had diverted to Andrews because of weather.
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