Industry Round-up, July 13, 2018

This week, announcements have come in about a new aerobatics show at Oshkosh, the purchase of four simulators by Kent State University, a facility upgrade for Pro Star Aviation and new authorized dealers for Whelen Engineering aircraft lighting products.

Mixed Decision For Second AOPA FBO Pricing Complaint

The FAA ruled in favor of Key West International Airport on three of the four issues noted in a Part 13 complaint filed last August by AOPA that alleged that pricing practices and ramp access rules at the single FBO on the field violated the airports grant obligations.

Top Letters and Comments, June 15, 2018

This week's letters brought comments from readers about 100LL replacement fuels, AOPA's FBO pricing compliant and hybrid electric aircraft.

GAMI’s G100 Avgas Replacement Nears End Of Testing

As the FAAs leaded avgas replacement effort grinds to a temporary halt, General Aviation Modifications Inc. says its close to completing testing on its own 100-octane unleaded fuel. GAMI sidestepped the FAAs Piston Aviation Fuel Initiative in favor of a more streamlined STC approval process thats now within a few steps of being completed.

Industry Round-up: May 25, 2018

This week, announcements have come in about special Aircraft Spruce Oshkosh deliveries, a new quick drain oil valve from Curtis Superior Valve Co., approval for expanded facilities for All In Aviation and Lone Mountain Aviation at Henderson Executive Airport, and an opportunity for aeronautical developers at Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport.

Picture of the Week May 1, 2018

Mount Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica from the flight deck of a C-141B Starlifter.

FAA Releases Notam For Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, will be abuzz on May 5 as the Kentucky Derby will be held that day. The skies above Louisville will also be abuzz with aircraft before, during and after. The FAA has released an air traffic procedures Notam for the Louisville area between May 2-6, with details on how the agency will manage the expected air traffic.

Microburst Destroys Hangar At Houston Hobby

A wet microburst with wind gusts up to 60 mph destroyed a hangar at Houstons Hobby Airport Tuesday April 3. According to news reports no one was inside the hangar when the microburst occurred and no one was injured. The hangar, owned by Jet Aviation, had four aircraft inside that were damaged. An additional four aircraft outside of the hangar were also damaged.

AOPA Updates FBO Complaint Status

Two complaints about FBO pricing and practices that AOPA filed with the FAA last August have completed the reply and response phase and now will be studied by the FAA, AOPA said on Wednesday. The complaints address egregious fees and restricted airport access imposed by FBOs at Asheville Regional Airport, in North Carolina, and at Key West International Airport, in Florida. AOPA believes those airports and FBOs have failed to fulfill federal grant obligations to protect the airport for public use.

FBO Price Gouging: Should The FAA Get Involved?

It's fair to pay a reasonable fee for FBO line services, but not when all you want to do is get to the other side of the airport fence. Price gouging at some facilities has grabbed FAA attention.

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