Aerodynamics Inc. — of Waterford, MI reports that the company and it subsidiary, ADI Shuttle Group LLC, have been acquired by Scott Beale, former president, founder and co-owner of FlightWorks. ADI is a full-service flight and maintenance repair firm based at the Oakland County Int’l Airport.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. — of Savannah launches a multi-tiered recycling program that has diverted more than 1.2 million pounds of recyclables from the company’s waste stream. Gulfstream Savannah has slashed its landfill trash by approximately one-third compared to the same period in 2010.
Exclusive Aviation — the aircraft sales division of the Fargo Jet Center, stages a three-stop tour of Western North Dakota to highlight its Cessna line of aircraft, featuring the 162 Skycatcher and 182T lines.
Rogue Valley (OR) Int’l-Medford Airport — receives FAA approval to launch its new fog seeding mechanism, the “cable attached system providing effective release” system – CASPER.Based on the same principles as a fertilizer spreader, the mechanism disperses dry ice particles while attached to a helium filled balloon, which is tethered to a moving vehicle. The spreader works via remote control and is winched up to approximately 500 feet where it disperses the dry ice particles over the fog.
AOPA — Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn. joins other groups in petitioning FAA to fix a flaw in the original sport pilot rule that prevents student sport pilots who received their training from Sport Pilot Instructors from counting their training flight hours toward a higher rating, should they seek to pursue one. In their petition, the associations say the clear intent of the new certificate was to make it easier – not harder – to enter aviation.
Flight School Assn. of North America — based in Allentown, PA, launches a flight school accreditation program. A committee comprised of flight school owners and operators and a variety of industry partners drafted the accreditation standards. Schools will be evaluated on seven core areas: safety, security, risk management, business practices, finance and accounting, education, and customer satisfaction.
FAA — publishes a final rule with updates to regulations that affect pilot, flight instructor, and flight-school certification. The rule allows pilot applicants to apply concurrently for a private pilot certificate and an instrument rating, and permits flight schools to apply for a combined private pilot certification and instrument rating course. The rule also allows pilot schools to offer Internet-based training programs even if they don’t have a physical ground-training facility and revises the definition of “complex airplane” to include airplanes with full authority digital engine control.
• FAA proposes a $1.1 million civil penalty against Aviation Technical Services, Inc. of Everett, WA for allegedly making improper repairs to 44 Southwest Airlines B-737-300s.
Allegiant — announces nonstop service between Grand Rapids, MI and Fort Lauderdale, beginning Nov. 18.
O’Hare Int’l Airport — receives FAA approval for the new, wide-body Boeing 747-800 to operate at the airport.
Naples Jet Center — in Florida is named as an Embraer Authorized Phenom Service Center.
Maguire Aviation — of Van Nuys, CA, and NetJets Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, enter of a long-term lease that will provide NetJets with a dedicated, private terminal at Van Nuys Airport. The private-use facility will be custom-designed and operated to NetJets’ specifications. Project includes a 10,000 sq. ft. new terminal.
George Best Belfast City Airport — and Eurojet Aviation, the locally based FBO, partner with US-based Avfuel Corp. for fuel and services and marketing support.
Vector Aerospace Corp. — announces the opening of Vector Aerospace Engine Services new service center in Grapevine, TX, in support of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, JT15D, and PW100 series of engines, and the Rolls-Royce M250 engine.
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