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Officials said a plan by the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to build its own Fixed Base Operation (FBO) and hangar facilities may wind up as a loser for taxpayers. However, airport officials defended the plan and said TAC Air, which has long had an operation at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, charges much more for fuel than a number of other regional airports. Construction is getting underway on the new airport facility. Proposals were received on Friday for operating it.
The worst of the global financial crisis is over but the damage done to the private jet market remains. The Cox Jet Index* fell from 310 to 179 between February 2007 and May 2008. It has rebounded sharply (see charts below) especially in the past couple of months. In the past twelve months the index is up 14%.
Avfuel Corporation has announced its new branding alliance with Reeder Flying Service Inc of Twin Falls, Idaho. Operational since 1941, Reeder Flying Service (TWF) is known for its efficient line service and high standards. It offers a comfortable FBO terminal, helicopter charter, helicopter maintenance, aircraft sales and aircraft parts sales.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomed the announcement that U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO) will serve as co-chair of the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus when the 112th Congress convenes in January 2011.
The warm Midstate Aviation office at Bowers Field was filled with the smell of coffee as flight students and instructors reviewed the flight schedule and prepared for their 9 o’clock takeoff Wednesday morning.
Midstate, which has operated in Ellensburg since 1961, has a contract with Central Washington University to provide flight training at the airport about two miles north of town. As a fixed base operator, Midstate can be compared to a service station for the airport — its maintenance shop offers aircraft repairs and the company sells fuel.
As builders start work on a $3.6 million general aviation terminal at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, bids by companies seeking to run the facility are due Friday. Work at the terminal, part of the biggest building project at the airport in nearly two decades, is to be in "full swing" this week, said Jeff Morgan, president of Morgan Construction Co. Morgan is raising the 9,000-square-foot terminal along with Paris Construction and said it should be finished by late summer 2011.
Avfuel Corporation has announced the winners of its annual AVTRIP Scholarship. Pilots George G. Hoyt and Sage Santangelo have been awarded scholarship prizes for demonstrating excellence in general and business aviation, acute interest in the wellbeing of the industry and a vision of how they will use scholarship funds to further their aviation careers/hobbies.