A venerable aviation services company is unveiling a new name and introducing new partners here at the NBAA Convention. Elcorta, based at New Castle Airport in Wilmington, Del., established in 1982, is now MX Jet Service.
Rob Garrett is not out to take on the large FBOs that populate many of
the nation’s airports. Rather, the former housewares entrepreneur wants to entice corporate and Part 135 operators to base their airplanes at his Arcadia Aviation FBOs, now located at Martinsburg Eastern West Virginia/Shepherd Field (MRB) and Sullivan County International (MSV) Airport in Monticello, N.Y.
Fort Worth, Texas-based Trimec Aviation grew out of a partnership among three classmates in an A&P program to become the only shop dedicated exclusively to providing service for the Westwind.
Jet Aviation’s facility at Hannover, Germany, has been made an FAA repair station for the Gulfstream 100 and 200 jets, as well as the Westwind series. This allows it to handle scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, airframe and engine repairs, avionics modifications, inspections and defect rectifications for the former Galaxy/Israel Aircraft Industries models.
Less than 30 sec before a Westwind 1124A crashed while on the VOR/DME-B approach to Taos (N.M.) Municipal Airport on November 8, controllers heard “mayday” four times in quick succession. Both pilots, the only ones aboard, were killed when the twinjet hit terrain after passing the initial approach fix. The accident occurred in day VMC.
Phoenix-based Westwind School of Aeronautics has teamed with SkyWest Airlines and Utah Valley State College (UVSC) in a program under which ab initio flight students can gain two- or four-year degrees online via the Internet while earning a commercial pilot and CFII certificates and instrument and multi-engine ratings, and a guaranteed SkyWest job interview.
ISRAEL AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES 1124A, TAOS, N.M., NOV. 8, 2002–The only occupants, both airline transport-rated pilots, of the Westwind were killed when the aircraft crashed on approach to Taos Municipal Airport (SKX). The accident occurred at approximately 2:57 p.m. after the Westwind passed the initial approach fix for the VOR/DME-B approach.
Worthington Aviation has named Landmark Aviation a Westwind authorized facility for product support.
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., has received RVSM group certification for the Westwind 1124 and RVSM equipment certification for the Astra series. Basic equipment installation for the Westwind (including air-data computers and IS&S altimeters) costs $160,400, depending on aircraft configuration. A pneumatic standby altimeter is an additional $12,000 (installed).
• About 400 Jet Commanders, Westwinds, Astras and Astra SP/SPXs are the subject of a proposed AD aimed at preventing cockpit fires resulting from a possibly defective oxygen shutoff valve that can create overheating in the system. Aviation authorities in Israel say they have reports of two incidents of fire in the cockpit of an 1124 and 1124A when the copilot turned on the system while the aircraft was taxiing.