Michael Sweeney, CEO of United States Aviation Underwriters, retired at the end of December, but will continue as chairman until April 30. David McKay, company president COO, succeeds him as CEO.
Nicolas Chabbert joined Long Beach, Calif.-based Mooney Aerospace Group as executive v-p of sales and marketing. He was senior v-p of sales and marketing for Socata Aircraft. Also joining Mooney from Socata was Earle Boyter, as sales manager for the eastern U.S.
Earlier this year, Thunder Aviation at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) opened a new 30,000-sq-ft hangar adjacent to its terminal building. The new facility gives the FBO a total of 110,000 sq ft under roof, with more than 80,000 sq ft of aircraft storage space. Overnight hangar storage is available as are plane-side vehicle transfer, cabin cleaning service, lavatory service, ground power units, maintenance and an avionics shop.
Opened in 1997, Thunder Aviation at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in Chesterfield, Mo., recently completed a 39,000-sq-ft storage hangar. The new hangar includes 9,000 sq ft of office space that can be tailored to the needs of tenants. With the new addition, the FBO now has more than 100,000 sq ft under roof. Thunder offers maintenance and avionics service to aircraft of all sizes, as well as hangar storage for based corporate customers.
Thunder Aviation of Chesterfield, Mo. has received a group STC for an RVSM retrofit for Falcon 20s equipped with the Collins AP-105 autopilot. Follow-on STC amendments covering similarly equipped Falcon 10s are forthcoming, as well as amendments for Falcon 10s and 20s equipped with the SPZ 500 autopilot.
Thunder Aviation signed an agreement to become Atlantic Turbines’ newest service network facility. It will support the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A and JT15D.
Thunder Aviation in Chesterfield, Mo., and Flight Test Associates of Mojave, Calif., are working on an RVSM solution for Falcon 20s equipped with Honeywell Bendix/King KFC 400 autopilots. A group STC is scheduled before the end of the month. Thunder Aviation is also expecting an amendment to its RVSM STC for Falcon 20s equipped with Collins AP105 autopilots that will add similarly equipped Falcon 10s.
Thunder Aviation opened its doors in 1997 after several people approached owner Larry Moskoff, who based his Beech Duke at Spirit of Saint Louis Airport, about starting an FBO on the airport. The timing was right, as Moskoff was selling the pharmaceutical business he had inherited from his father.
Thunder Aviation in Chesterfield, Mo., recently won a group RVSM STC for Falcon 10s equipped with the Collins AP-105 autopilot. Kit price, including installation, is $175,000. At press time, the company expected to receive group STCs for Falcon 10s and 20s equipped with the Honeywell SPZ500 autopilot. The company anticipates receiving a group RVSM STC for the dozen or so Falcon 20s equipped with the KFC 400 autopilot.
Kansas City Aviation Center (KCAC) opened the first of what will be several new FBO and service facilities in its nine-state Pilatus PC-12 sales territory, this one a full-service FBO at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in St. Louis. KCAC purchased the FBO from Thunder Aviation and renamed it Midwest Aviation Center.
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