Reno-Tahoe Int’l Airport — unveils a new baggage and check-in area; a key element of the $63 million project is a 1.3-mile baggage conveyor system. Airlines moved ticket counters to the south end of the terminal during 22 months of construction.
ROCKWELL COLLINS — expands its aftermarket service offerings with the acquisition of AR Group, parent company of business aviation trip-planning firm Air Routing International. Terms were not disclosed. Air Routing will remain based in Houston.
Sidney-Richland Airport — in Bismarck, ND announces that Trinity Technologies, based in Virginia, will take over security operations from TSA moving forward.
TWC Aviation, Inc. — based in Los Angeles signs a letter of intent to acquire ACM Aviation LLC, an aircraft management and charter company headquartered in San Jose, CA. The combined company will expand services to over 18 locations domestically and internationally with a combined fleet of over 70 jets.
US Airways Group Inc. — pilots ask federal regulators to investigate the carrier’s proposed swap of flight slots with Delta Air Lines Inc. at two airports, saying the plan may result in higher fares and job losses.
In Memoriam: Edward W. Stimpson
Ambassador Edward W. Stimpson, the founding and long-time head of the General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. and a leader in obtaining liability reform, died Nov. 25 at his home in Boise, ID after fighting cancer. He was 75.
Stimpson later became the U.S. representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and then chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF). He is credited as playing a central role in enactment of the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, which capped manufacturers’ product liability at 18 years. Among the awards given to him are the NBAA Award for meritorious service and the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy for lifetime achievement.
The late Bill DeCota was remembered “as a national leader who was passionate about aviation and the national air transportation system” by the Aero Club of Washington, which named him the recipient of its Donald D. Engen Trophy for Aviation Excellence. Susan M. Baer, who now succeeds him as the Port Authority of NY &NJ’s aviation director, accepted the award for DeCota from the Aero Club’s board of governors.
DeCota served as the agency’s aviation director from December 1999 until his unexpected death in September 2009.
Westwind technologies opens at Huntsville
In what is termed an unprecedented public/private partnership, WestWind Technologies, Inc. celebrates the grand opening of its new Huntsville Aircraft Modification & Integration Center. It marks the first time the Huntsville Int’l Airport has partnered with a small business; the new 62,000-sq. ft. facility provides engineering, manufacturing, electronics integration, and structural modifications and can accommodate large fixed-wing (C-130s) and multiple rotary-wing aircraft simultaneously.
Since Redstone Arsenal is the center of aviation for the U.S. Army, WestWind designed the hangar to accommodate every type of helicopter in the Army’s inventory. The aircraft center also offers full maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities for a broad spectrum of military and commercial aircraft.
Castle & cooke grows at Van nuys
Castle & Cooke Aviation Services, Inc. announces the approval of a 30-year lease at its fixed base operation at Van Nuys Airport. The L.A. City Council and the Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport Commissioners unanimously approved a new master lease for Castle while also confirming Castle’s status as a full-service FBO.
Castle has operated a corporate hangar and fuel farm at VNY since 1980, serving primarily Fortune 500 flight departments based in Southern California. Castle will redevelop existing facilities on two lease sites by constructing a new 50,000-sq. ft. hangar and office building, a customer service lobby, and pour concrete for a 75,000-sq. ft. aircraft apron.
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