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Duncan Aviation begins work on US$70m Utah maintenance facility

Duncan Aviation has begun construction on a new US$70m business aircraft maintenance, modifications and paint complex in Provo, Utah, in the USA. The company will add nearly 275,000ft² of buildings, with a 222,000ft² maintenance and modifications center and a 53,000ft² paint facility.

23rd October 2017



Gulfstream Aerospace celebrates flight test program milestone

Gulfstream Aerospace has reflected on the first ten flight tests for the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 jets. The jets are twin-engine, with the G500 replacing the G450. The G500 has a range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,260km) at Mach 0.85, with nonstop flights connecting distant cities such as Istanbul to Cape Town, Los Angeles to London, and San Francisco to Tokyo. The G600 can fly 4,800 nautical miles (8,890km) at a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, and seats up to 19 passengers, with room for nine to sleep.

19th September 2017

Does the US government need to intervene in the market to ensure reasonable public access and transparent pricing in FBOs?

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NATA challenges FBO unfair profit claims

The National Air Transport Association (NATA) in the USA has responded to an accusation from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) that FBOs and airports are maximizing their revenue streams in a manner that is unfair to pilots.

AOPA has launched a campaign to regulate airports and on-field businesses, and recently announced plans to ask the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) to introduce new legislation, where FBOs and airports would have to provide access to their ramps and other facilities for free.

NATA’s response has been to provide the FAA with a report on the state of the aviation business sector, developed with the assistance of FBO and air charter members. The report details the costs of operating an airport business and the many variables that help to determine its pricing structure, from personnel expenses to fuel volume.

Martin Hiller, NATA president, said, “The AOPA effort is particularly disappointing as it continues a pattern of contradictory assertions designed to alleviate industry concerns while it pursues an economic regulatory agenda.

“While AOPA claims to support FBOs and the free market, there is no recognition of the fact that some locations require different pricing models. Incredibly, AOPA chose to attack the FAA for asking stakeholders to comment on its call for economic regulation of FBOs and even criticized NATA for bringing their covert, 11-month campaign to others’ attention.”

April 7, 2017

Written by Chris Anderson


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