When founder Dale Dunn announced the formation of DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center in Tucson, Ariz., in 2004, the expectation was that it would employ as many as 600 workers, many from a pool of skilled labor Bombardier left behind when it moved out of its leased hangar at Tucson International Airport. DunnAir officially opened for business in February 2005, but now the hangar again sits empty, the phones disconnected.
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In 1987 the National Parks Overflights Act mandated substantial restoration of “natural quiet” at Grand Canyon National Park. Seventeen years later, the FAA and the National Park Service (NPS) agreed to resolve the overflight noise issues together.
Hamilton Aerospace Technology, a maintenance, engineering and modification firm that started 57 years ago as Hamilton Aviation, is expanding its narrowbody airliner services to include regional jets. To that end, the company recently refurbished a 120-by 250-foot hangar at Tucson International Airport dedicated to core maintenance and overhaul of regional jets.
Bombardier has reached an agreement with the Tucson Airport Authority that will allow start-up interiors shop DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center to sublease its old completion center at Tucson International Airport. The facilities will total about 32 acres and include a 235,000-sq-ft hangar.
Bombardier marked three decades of service and maintenance support in Tucson by signing a 22-year lease agreement with the Tucson Airport Authority, ensuring continued service at its Tucson Service Center until 2028.
Phoenix Fuel, LLC (Booth No. 1626) said it is on course to sell 500 million gallons of jet-A this year, and has added offices in Bogota, Colombia; Dubai, UAE; and Johannesburg, South Africa, to its world network headquartered in Sheridan, Wyo.
The company also selected SolArc RightAngle software to help streamline management of its fuel supply and marketing operations.
DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center has received its repair station certificate from the FAA. The Tucson, Ariz.-based company at Tucson International Airport already has 44 employees and expects to have 150 on the payroll by this time next year. The facility is located in a 235,000-sq-ft hangar capable of simultaneously holding as many as four Boeing 747s, making it the largest completion and refurbishment center in the U.S.
The high price of oil means busy times for helicopter operators in northern Alberta, Canada, as the major oil companies such as Imperial Oil (ExxonMobil), Shell, Petro-Canada and Total remove it from the ground as fast as they can.