On June 8, the new Austin Executive Airport (KEDC) and its Henriksen Jet Center FBO held a grand-opening celebration. The modern facility sits on land adjacent to what used to be tiny Bird’s Nest Airport about 15 miles northeast of downtown Austin, Texas. Austin Executive is the second airport that Ron Henriksen has built, using his own money and zero government funding to create facilities uniquely suited to general aviation operations.
A big celebration was held for an unusual event yesterday, the grand opening of a new general aviation airfield, Austin Executive Airport (KEDC), and the airport’s FBO, Henriksen Jet Center.
Dallas Airmotive has unveiled a dedicated Web site for its First Support command center. FirstSupportAOG.com provides customers with a look at how FirstSupport operates and provides several options for contacting the center. A newsroom provides media information, including press releases on all of Dallas Airmotive’s activities, a map of service locations, contact information and photo downloads.
Dart Helicopter Services affiliate Dart Aerospace (Booth No. 4628) has received Transport Canada approval for its quick-release helicopter utility basket for the Bell 407 and multiple models of the Bell 206. Approvals from the FAA and EASA are pending.
Two freak Dallas-area winter storms–one ice, the other snow–in the days leading up to the Super Bowl were bad news for air travelers trying to get to the big game. On Thursday night, a system dumped four inches of snow in an area ill equipped to handle the white stuff, causing both Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth Airports to shut down completely on Friday morning.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul Group has positioned three mobile response vehicles to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to support visitors to the Super Bowl, company president Hugh McElroy told AIN. There are more than a dozen business aviation airports within a 60-minute drive of the Super Bowl site.
The Steelers and Packers aren’t the only teams who have spent months preparing for Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on February 6. The FAA, along with Dallas-area airports and FBOs, have also invested countless hours and millions of dollars getting runways and facilities ready for the more than 4,000 fans expected to arrive by private aircraft.
MRO operator West Star Aviation has added a mobile support team (MST) at its facility on Dallas Love Field. According to Sam Haycraft, executive v-p of operations, all of the maintenance personnel at that facility are available to be deployed depending upon the type of aircraft. “We have a dedicated van that the team uses to transport the necessary parts for an assignment.
Million Air Dallas held a groundbreaking ceremony on October 25 for an expansion of its Addison Airport FBO complex. Plans call for a new hangar, FBO terminal and ramp to open in next year’s second quarter. The new 40,000-sq-ft hangar will accommodate Gulfstream’s new G650. The $4 million addition was necessary because Million Air Dallas’s charter fleet, which now numbers 20 aircraft, is growing.
Dallas/Fort Worth-based Cutter Aviation will consolidate all of its metro-area operations at its North Dallas location in McKinney, Texas, at Collin County Regional Airport. The consolidation will move all aircraft maintenance and technical services operations from their current location at Dallas Executive Airport to the new facility in McKinney later this summer.