MIAMI – The aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) community is critical to Florida’s transportation economy. According to the 2014 Global MRO Market Assessment released by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and TeamSAI Consulting, more than 16,000 Floridians go to work in contract repair stations every day. These businesses will pump close to $1.8 billion into the state’s economy this year.
Veteran pilot and business aviation pioneer Clay Lacy will donate two iconic business jets, a non-flying Learjet 24 and Gulfstream GIISP, June 5 to an aircraft mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport, marking the largest single gift in the adult education program’s history.
Ameritech Industries, the parent company of Eagle Engines and American Propeller, has named Northland Aviation Services in Fairbanks and Seaplanes North in Anchorage are new sales and distribution centers in Alaska.
Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) celebrated its 9th annual AMT Day on Friday, May 23.
Dallas Airmotive has chosen a site at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as the location for its 30,000-square-foot advanced test facility.
EAST ALTON, Ill. — West Star Aviation has been named an approved window repair and replacement vendor for the C21 fleet, which consists of Learjet models 35s and 36s being utilized by the United States Air Force.
By JIM CAVANAGH
When the speed bug hit Jim Bradshaw back in the 1980s, he was flying a Piper Twin Comanche. The Comanche is a nice, nimble, speedy airplane that motivates quite well on two smallish 160-hp Lycomings. It feels “sporty” for a mid-sized twin.
As do all “go fast” junkies, Bradshaw sat down with a pencil and paper and tried to figure out how to make his airplane go faster without having to add horsepower. He accomplished this simply and effectively by cleaning up the airframe in what looked like turbulent, draggy areas and went on to win the CAFE 400 efficiency race in his category.
The result was a place in history and a small business in Burlington, Wis., that continues to grow, mature, and invent.
West Star Aviation’s latest expansion, a new 47,000-square-foot maintenance facility at its East Alton, Ill., (ALN) location, is now open. A ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house was held May 13, to celebrate the completion of the new facility and commemorate the milestone expansion.
Twin Commander-specific training for maintenance technicians now is available in a factory-authorized course.