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Wednesday
Mar042009

TCM President Rhett Ross to Speak March 12

Rhett Ross, President of Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM), will be the featured guest speaker at the regular bi–monthly meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club scheduled for March 12. Ross, who became president of TCM in the fall of 2007, has 21 years of mechanical and nuclear engineering management experience and was previously president of Teledyne Energy Systems. He has also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Service with responsibility for Reactor Operations.

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Wednesday
Mar042009

March 4, 2009: Find Low Fuel Prices in Your Region

Thursday
Feb262009

Thursday Open Thread: TSA's Large Airport Security Program (LASP)

Friday, Feb. 27, is the deadline to submit comments to the Transportation Security Administration on the proposed Large Aircraft Security Program. LASP would subject operators of aircraft with a take-off weight greater than 12,500 pounds to make sure crews and passengers have cleared security checks.

What do you think about the LASP proposal? What would you tell the TSA? What have you heard from customers who use your airport or FBO?

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And here are some links to more information about LASP and other related news:
TSA programs
NBAA's draft comments
Feds may tighten small airport security – FOX 5, Atlanta
Airport to have new security rules in April – ENCToday.com
General aviation customers annoyed about security rule – ENCToday.com

Wednesday
Feb252009

Feb. 25, 2009: Updated Regional Fuel Prices, Air Charter Journal Stories Now Available

Find low JetA and 100LL fuel prices for your region.

Also, The Air Charter Guide will send a new issue of the Air Charter Journal newsletter on Thursday morning.

Monday
Feb232009

Havasu Air Center Joins Avfuel Network

Havasu Air Center has joined the Avfuel dealer network. The Lake Havasu City, Ariz., (HII) FBO will receive fuel and quality assurance and marketing support from Avfuel. Havasu Air Center is offering pilots six AVTRIP points per gallon of fuel purchased. This offer extends to Avfuel Contract Fuel purchases and ends on March 31, 2009. Havasu Air Center offers a free night of hangar space — for a G-V or a 182 — after an initial purchase of 10 gallons of fuel, too.

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Thursday
Feb192009

Business Jet Buyers, Sellers Don't Agree on Values

Looking at the few jet sales that occurred in the final three months of 2008, it is interesting to attempt to identify the types of transactions. Are the sale prices considered fair market values, or are they more along the lines of distressed liquidation values? It depends on the side of the bargaining table. For the seller, chances are the distress in the negotiated sale price has to do with some urgency to liquidate the asset. On the other hand, the buyer who is the end user will argue the sale price is fair market value because he would not be willing to pay more for the aircraft. With too many buyers and sellers still riding the fence, it is hard to know what to call the sale. One thing is certain: If the present economy is our OK Corral, it is getting close to high noon. With the showdown at hand, one side or the other will be the first to break leather. After the smoke clears, everyone will know who the winner is. Time will tell.

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Thursday
Feb192009

FuelerLinx Saves Time Spent Comparing Contract Fuel Prices

Gone are the days of dispatchers with eyes glued to spreadsheets trying to spot the best fuel prices in an endless column of numbers. FuelerLinx, a new proprietary software system based in Van Nuys, Calif., can help flight departments eliminate the tedious task of searching for the best contracted fuel price. “We offer a complete contract fuel management tool,” FuelerLinx founder and president Kevin Moller said.

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Thursday
Feb192009

New Management at Sebring Flight Center (SEF) Boosts Customer Service

Sebring Flight Center, the most recent addition to the Avfuel network of branded FBOs and contract fuel agents, is now under the management of ABS Aviation Management Services. On Oct. 1, 2009, ABS Aviation Management Services took over all day-to-day activities including customer relations, training, safety, fuel quality control, ordering and pricing. Most notably, the new management has dramatically revised the FBO’s customer service philosophy to include the assurance that all aircraft visiting the Sebring Flight Center are met and greeted upon arrival.

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Thursday
Feb192009

Hangar 10 Breaks Ground at MKC

Construction has begun on Hangar 10, a unique aviation services complex at the Kansas City, Mo., Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC). Breaking from the traditional approach found at most airports, the new Hangar 10 facility has a distinct design and is a cultural departure that features overnight inclusive pilot’s quarters and a well-equipped fitness center with separate locker rooms for men and women.

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Thursday
Feb192009

NBAA Welcomes Transportation Secretary LaHood

National Business Aviation Association president and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed the confirmation of Ray LaHood as secretary of the Department of Transportation on Jan. 23. "We congratulate Secretary LaHood, and we look forward to working with him on our industry's highest priorities," Bolen said. "We have reached out to the secretary, and we are confident that he and his staff will be eager to hear our ideas about aviation system modernization and other industry concerns."

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