The operators of the Black Canyon Jet Center FBO at Colorado's Montrose Regional Airport have filed suit against the publicly owned airport, claiming officials withheld documents it requested during a recent RFP for a second FBO at the ski-country airport. The suit came days after the airport committee announced that Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Majestic Skies was the only one of the two respondents to meet the minimum FBO requirements. As per the FAA's grant assurance policy, the county must enter into good-faith contract negotiations with the company.
Black Canyon's operators allege that the county authorities violated Colorado law by negotiating with businesses to establish another FBO at the airport before the RFP was issued. The county stated that it received an unsolicited letter of intent last June from a company looking to establish a rival FBO at the airport. That letter spurred the issuance of the RFP, which attracted the attention of providers such as Landmark Aviation, Atlantic Aviation, Million Air, Sheltair and Cutter Aviation, among others, but only two proposals.
The lawsuit seeks to determine why documents such as the initial letter of intent and other information about who received the RFP, the submitted proposals and communications between the proposing companies and the county itself have not been made available.
Switzerland-based global aviation services provider Execujet will be moving from a 3,200-sq-ft temporary FBO structure at Bali International Airport, to a permanent facility next month. The new 34,229-sq-ft facility, currently undergoing completion, will offer 10 times more space than the temporary location next door. A 700,000-sq-ft ramp built next to the new terminal is designed to handle all business aircraft up to single-aisle jetliners. The Bali FBO is the first to open after the June 2012 signing of a memorandum of cooperation under which ExecuJet would design, build and manage GA terminals at up to 13 airports managed by state-owned Indonesian aviation company Angkasa Pura 1.
An anticipated $35 million runway reconstruction and expansion project at Dallas Executive Airport is expected to begin this summer. The plan calls for a phased rehabilitation program on the airport's 6,451-foot and 3,800-foot runways, followed by an extension of main Runway 13/31 to 7,000 feet, in 2016, making the field more appealing for large-cabin business jet operations.
Boeing 787 wing supplier Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has determined that a change in its manufacturing processes might have led to the development of hairline cracks in shear ties on Dreamliner wing ribs, Boeing confirmed Friday afternoon. The Chicago-based airframer said the problem could result in some delivery delays, but that the situation would not affect delivery guidance for 2014. Boeing recently increased production of the 787 to 10 airplanes a month.
The condition might appear in some 40 airplanes still in production, said Boeing. A company spokesman expressed confidence that the condition does not exist in any of the 787s now in service, however.
"We understand the issue, what must be done to correct it, and are completing inspections of potentially affected airplanes," said Boeing in a statement. "We are addressing affected airplanes as required."
It added that the affected areas "are very small" and that the time required to address the problem would vary between one and two weeks per airplane.