Stuart B. Millner and Associates has begun auctioning assets of three Wichita-area plants being closed by Hawker Beechcraft. The work done at these plants is being subcontracted out to vendors or moved to Hawker Beechcraft’s facilities in Mexico. A number of general fabrication machinery items that can be used in many industrial applications are available for sale, as are some aerospace-specific items.
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Hawker Beechcraft announced on February 24 the opening of a new $20 million facility in Chihuahua City, Mexico, that will be employed primarily in sheet metal fabrication.
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing new rules to cap the number of air-tour flights over the Grand Canyon, further restrict flight corridors and altitudes adjacent to it, and mandate the use of “quiet-technology” helicopters flying tours there.
In an effort to increase the awareness of Jacksonville, Florida’s aviation system, the city’s aviation authority has renamed three of its owned and operated airports as part of a rebranding campaign. Cecil Field (VQQ) became Cecil Airport, while Herlong Airport (HEG) was renamed Herlong Recreational Airport. The former Craig Airport (CRG) is now Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport.
A little more of Hawker Beechcraft is moving out of the Air Capital of the World as Stuart B. Millner and Associates has begun auctioning off assets of three Wichita-area plants being closed by the aircraft manufacturer. The work done at these plants is being subcontracted out to vendors or moved to Hawker Beechcraft’s facilities in Mexico.
The FAA has agreed to drop its decertification case against Phoenix Heliparts in return for the Mesa, Ariz., repair facility withdrawing its appeal to the NTSB of the FAA’s revocation of Phoenix Heliparts’ Part 145 repair station certificate last August.
Hillsboro Aviation (Booth No. 1350) continues to grow its business in China. The company currently has more than 100 Chinese airplane and helicopter student pilots training at its Hillsboro, Ore., facility and is the only Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) approved school for both airplane and helicopter training in the U.S.
A new National Park Service proposal to cap the number and further restrict the routes of flights near the Grand Canyon is being criticized as overly restrictive by individual operators and the United States Air Tour Association. The new rules would prohibit direct overflights and mandate operators convert to "quiet technology" aircraft within the next decade.
Atlantic Aviation parent company Macquarie Infrastructure announced last month that its facility and lease at Fresno Yosemite International Airport was sold to a Ross Aviation subsidiary, while the FBO and leasehold of its property at Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County Airport were sold to the Cleveland Jet Center. The terms of the deals were not disclosed.
A ceremony was held last month at the Naval Air Station at Brunswick, Maine to celebrate the “approval of the public benefit conveyance of the property to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.” This event marks the official transfer of the former military base and its 990 acres of runways, hangars, ramps and other facilities to civilian use.