For Phoenix Heliparts, this year’s Heli-Expo show resulted in the sale of two helicopters, thanks to the display of the rebuilt MD500 flown for the television show Magnum, P.I. Based in Mesa, Ariz., Phoenix Heliparts celebrated its 10th anniversary at the show, where on March 5, Magnum, P.I. stars Larry Manetti and Roger Mosley signed “The Chopper.” On June 3, The Chopper receives its official Hawaiian blessing as it enters service in the Paradise Helicopters fleet at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu.
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A legal battle is under way between the nation’s largest private aviation provider and two of the major FBO chains over whether NetJets’ aircraft charter and management arm, Executive Jet Management, can require the chains to provide fuel discounts to aircraft owners and operators whose aircraft are not part of the company’s fully managed fleet.
With general aviation contributing more than $3.5 billion to Wisconsin’s economy annually, and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) member companies employing more than 1,100 Wisconsinites, the association partnered with Gulfstream Aerospace in Appleton, Wis., today to celebrate GA’s role in the Badger state’s financial health. “The aviation industry is central to our local economy,” said Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson.
Volo Aviation was awarded a three-year contract to manage the FBO at Plattsburgh (N.Y.) International Airport, the company announced today. The airport serves the Plattsburgh/Montreal/Lake Placid Region, including northern New York State, southern Quebec and Vermont.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), in partnership with Gulfstream Aerospace, will hold a rally celebrating general aviation’s contributions to the economy on Thursday at Gulfstream’s Appleton, Wis. facility. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) will be the featured speakers. A crowd of 400 Gulfstream employees, general aviation enthusiasts and local community and business leaders is expected.
A federal judge has allowed buffalo herding by helicopter, in response to a lawsuit filed by an environmentalist group that had obtained a restraining order against such operations in Yellowstone National Park last year, alleging the practice adversely affects grizzly bears. Helicopters have been used for more than a decade to steer wandering bison back into Yellowstone each spring.
Pattonair has moved into a new 24,000-sq-ft distribution center in Indianapolis in support of growth related to its Rolls-Royce North America contract. The AmeriPlex-Indianapolis Business Park is five miles from Indianapolis International Airport. During the initial implementation of the contract in 2011 Pattonair established an interim building to begin operations. Pattonair provides kitting, line feed, distribution, aftermarket and MRO, consultancy, reverse logistics, warehouse management and supplier management.
NetJets has filed lawsuits against Signature Flight Support and Landmark Aviation in an attempt to force the two FBO chains to extend contracted high-volume fuel discounts to Support Services clients at NetJets aircraft charter and management arm Executive Jet Management.
Landon Petty, COO of Louisiana Aircraft in Baton Rouge, has been named chairman of the Air Elite Network board and will serve that role through the end of next year. He succeeds former chairman Steve Lasseter, who left the industry to pursue other projects. Larry Wade, owner of Golden Isles Aviation, Saint Simons Island, Ga., replaces Petty as vice chairman. Air Elite, a network of independent FBOs, was created last year by World Fuel Services from the remnants of the disbanded Avitat network.