paine field — north of Seattle seeks to be classified as an airport of “special national significance” that would allow the airport to collect federal aviation improvement funding while controlling the types of service at the airport. The recommendation is modeled after the 2003 Centennial Rule named after Centennial Airport in Arapahoe County, CO, which succeeded in banning commercial flights while still collecting federal aviation funding.
spirit airlines — offers daily service to Boston’s newest destination Atlantic City, starting May 1. Massport also welcomes Sun Country Airlines to Logan Airport, offering nonstop service from MSP beginning May 1.
teledyne continental motors — Swift Enterprises, and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announce the successful test flights of a certificated Beechcraft Bonanza G36 on unleaded aviation fuel and Swift Sustainable Fuel. HBC is the first major aircraft manufacturer to accomplish this using Swift Fuel. It is seen as the first step toward the future of unleaded gas. The collaborative work with TCM and Swift Enterprises began in 2008 to develop engine technology and test unleaded and sustainable fuels for use in piston aircraft.
the hiller group — will brand its existing FBOs in 12 Mid-Continent states to the Phillips 66 Aviation brand as part of an agreement between ConocoPhillips and The Hiller Group.The company will represent the Phillips 66 Aviation brand in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.
vista aviation — relocates to a new 12,000-sq. ft. FBO facility after 27 years at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, CA. Now on the east side of the airfield, Vista has 36 hangars to rent and has expanded its parts and pilot supply shop, and added an avionics demonstration area. Its flight training affiliate, Vista Air, will also expand operations.
west star aviation, inc. — of East Alton, IL is awarded by FAA two separate STC approvals for WAAS/LPV installations for the Citation 550
Bravo and the Citation V 560 Series. West Star will offer the installations at its East Alson, Grand Junction, and Dallas facilities.
Edmonton Continues $1 Billion Expansion
Edmonton Int’l Airport (EIA), Canada’s fastest-growing major airport for three years in a row, is continuing its $1-billion expansion to ensure the airport can keep pace with Edmonton and Northwestern Canada’s economic development. The project is funded by the Airport Improvement Fee (AIF), which on September 1, 2009 will increase by five dollars to $20 per ticket. The airport, which was substantially renovated in 2000, is presently operating 20 percent above capacity. The terminal was built to accommodate up to 5.5 million passengers a year. In 2008, EIA saw nearly 6.5 million passengers.
AOPA Campaign: GA Serves America
The Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn., in an effort to relay to the general public that general aviation pumps some $150 billion into the U.S. economy each year, launches a new public relations campaign: General Aviation Serves America. The program includes actor/pilot Harrison Ford as a spokesperson. According to AOPA, joining Ford, a long-time AOPA member, will be real people telling real stories about what general aviation means to their communities and to their businesses.
AOPA has committed an initial $1.5 million to the campaign, with plans to spend several million dollars more in the next few years. To inform the public of GA’s crucial role, the campaign will employ digital advertising, web and viral resources, and electronic grassroots outreach. In addition, AOPA is planning extensive paid radio, television, and print advertising, both nationally and in targeted states.