PIPER PA-46-500TP, DAYTONA BEACH, FLA., DEC. 17, 2003–At 9:33 a.m. EST Piper Meridian N155BM was destroyed when it crashed into trees near Daytona Beach. The aircraft was operating under Part 91 on a personal flight in marginal VMC and was not on a flight plan. The non-instrument-rated private pilot and his only passenger were killed.
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Trajen Flight Support at Tucson International Airport (TUS), Ariz., became an Air BP dealer last October, and this month it plans to complete a major expansion project. The new terminal/hangar complex will add a total of some 12,000 sq ft to the FBO.
The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, has initiated an environmental assessment for extending one of the runways of its airport (OSU) to 6,000 feet from 5,000 feet. The purpose of the project is “to improve safety and provide for more efficient operations of business aircraft,” according to the university, which operates the airport as part of its extensive aviation-degree programs.
NBAA said Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), Conn., is struggling financially and the local board of aldermen has asked the FAA what the consequences would be if the airport closed. The FAA responded that the ramifications would be considerable.
The ability to surf the Internet while cruising through the lower stratosphere continues to get easier, and faster, thanks to the incremental upgrades being made to the capabilities of current high-speed data satcom systems.
Although Mercury Air Centers/Corporate Wings won the bid to build an FBO at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) early last year, it might be some time before the company can get started on the project. “The acreage for the new FBO has been identified,” explained Richard Michaels, vice president of marketing for the FBO chain; “however, the airport is in the process of modifying the airport master plan.
The first phase of Elliott Aviation’s renovation of its Omaha, Neb. FBO (including 2,000 sq ft added to the lobby) should be completed next month. After the lobby is done, the passenger and pilot lounges, conference rooms and restrooms will be refurbished and 2,000 sq ft added to the maintenance facility. The second phase includes installation of a curved glass wall that allows visitors to see inside the maintenance hangar from the FBO lobby.
The Baltimore Heliport in Maryland’s “Charm City” now features an updated pilot lounge with new sofas, flat-screen tv and DVD player. Located on Pier 7 on South Clinton Street, the heliport has four landing pads, and a new 6,000-sq-ft hangar is being constructed.
To clarify the consolidation effort under way at Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated, as reported in Tuesday’s AINalerts, a company spokesperson said that the Long Island, N.Y. and Columbus, Ohio facilities will be closed entirely within the next couple of months. The engine work performed at Long Island, as well as the engine work done at the company’s Springfield, Ill.
The pilot and his teenage son were killed January 31 when their King Air C90, N75GC, crashed into Everglades National Park about 10 minutes after departing from Marathon, Fla., on an IFR flight plan to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. About three minutes before the accident, the pilot radioed ATC that he was 32 miles southwest of Tamiami.