Recognizing the need for shelter for heavy iron at their airport, officials at Florida’s Hernando County Airport near Tampa have unveiled plans for the construction of a 32,000-sq-ft hangar and 1.3 acres of new ramp to be built on a four-acre parcel of land adjacent to the airport’s primary 7,002-foot runway. The new structure will have a 32- by 120-foot door, making it accessible by most business aircraft types. Airport authorities are currently looking for a maintenance provider or completions specialist to serve as a tenant, and say they will adjust the floor plan accordingly.
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Gulfstream Aerospace recently delivered the first of an order for five C-37A special mission versions of the GV to the U.S. Air Force. The lease and support service agreement is valued at $477 million and the remaining aircraft are slated for delivery at intervals through September next year. The first aircraft was delivered at Gulfstream’s Savannah, Ga.
Waterford, Mich.-based Tradewinds Aviation is changing its name to Corporate Eagle Management Service and is discontinuing its flight training operations. According to president and CEO Rick Nini, the company will focus solely on its flight department services. Corporate Eagle has a fleet of 11 King Airs and Hawkers and serves 31 Southeastern Michigan program members. The company will also be opening a new facility at St.
SheltAir Aviation Services last month announced it will acquire the former Jet Executive Center FBO at Florida’s St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE), pending airport approval. A complete renovation of the FBO executive terminal, including a new business center and extensive renovations to the lobby and office complex, are planned, said SheltAir.