The NTSB is investigating the April 28 incident at Houston Hobby in which a Bell 407 operated by Helicopters, Inc. and a Southwest Airlines 737 nearly collided. Both aircraft were departing in day VFR.
M.C. Schefft, flight dispatcher and travel coordinator for Peabody Energy of St. Louis, won a two-day trip for two to the Tanglewood Resort at Lake Texoma, Texas, at the S&D conference. The prize includes two nights at the resort and breakfast for two people, a one-day golf pass and a one-day charter fishing trip. Texoma Jet, an FBO and aircraft maintenance facility in Denison, Texas, awarded the prize.
Houston Hobby Airport’s March 20 Wings & Wheels Open House is hosting Cessna Day and an AOPA-sponsored Let’s Go Flying! event. Local airplane and helicopter flight schools will highlight their pilot training programs at the event, to be held at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. Admission is free for fly-in visitors. “Cessna Day has always been one of our most popular events,” said P.J.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) is transforming its Lafayette, La. component repair operation into a support and logistics center. The component repair work currently being done at the facility will be moved to the Dallas Airmotive Heritage Park facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Alamo Plating & Metal Finishing (Booth No. 2888) announced a new finishing process called water-transfer printing, which uses a specialized film to print natural designs, such as burl wood, walnut, marble and geometric patterns, on nearly any substrate. Interior paneling, cabinetry, handles, switches, bezels and other interior parts lend themselves to this film-dipping process.
FlightSafety International plans to offer Dassault Falcon 7X simulator training at its Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) learning center starting in early 2011. According to a spokesman, the company will manufacture two full-motion 7X simulators, with the first one based at the DFW facility; the location of the second has yet to be determined.
Each year NBAA Convention News’ sister publication Aviation International News’ conducts a survey of readers who use FBOs and asks them to rate facilities in four key categories: line service, passenger amenities; pilot amenities and services; and facilities, using a one to 10 scale.
Privately owned Houston Executive Airport in Texas has experienced enough demand to justify building a new 23,400-sq-ft corporate hangar. The airport, built by developer Ron Henriksen, features a 6,610- foot runway that has already been lengthened once. Plans call for further extending the runway to 7,604 feet. The new hangar will fit up to 20 aircraft.
Negotiations are expected to resume tomorrow between Bell Helicopter and the more than 2,400 production and maintenance workers from United Auto Workers Local 218 that went on strike two weeks ago after rejecting a “last, best, and final offer” from the helicopter manufacturer.
BBA Aviation’s engine repair and overhaul company, Dallas Airmotive, has expanded PW305 capability at its Dallas Love Field (DAL) facility. New tooling allows the company to replace IBRs (integrally bladed rotors) on the PW305A, the engine that powers the Learjet 60. The first two engines to receive this treatment were completed in April. IBR replacement on the PW305A eliminates the requirement for inspection every 300 hours.