Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority (CMAA) has chosen Wilson Air Centers to manage a new FBO at CHA (Chattanooga TN). The facility will include a 9000 sq ft GA terminal, including an office complex for pilot accommodation and business resources, a 12,000 sq ft hangar facility, with room for expansion as needed, and a fueling center. The new FBO is slated for completion in Jul 2011.

CMAA Chairman Dan Jacobson says, "Wilson Air Centers brings an extraordinary heritage of service and quality to our airport. This will enhance the airport's strategic business focus as we continue to support economic growth across our region."

Wilson Air Centers operates FBOs at CLT (Charlotte NC), HOU (Hobby, Houston TX) and MEM (Intl, Memphis TN).

Construction of Avocet's new 55,000 sq ft hangar at SFB remains on schedule, with completion targeted for late Jan 2011. The new facility will be a full service commercial aircraft maintenance operation. With most of the hangar exterior work completed, focus has shifted inside, where construction has concentrated on build-out of office and shop areas, interior lighting, electrical service, plumbing and painting. Avocet Aviation Services COO Patrick Arellano says, "The facility is going to provide us with a state-of-the-art maintenance operation and deliver to our clients a comprehensive range of services to meet almost all their aviation service needs."

StarPortUSA, based at SFB (Sanford, Orlando FL), was recently named an approved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) repair station for maintenance safety and training. The company is an existing licensed FAA repair center.

Nelson Cambata, StarPort president, says, "This certification confirms our commitment to high-quality standards and regulations with regard to the maintenance and service of European aircraft at StarPort."

StarPort is a full service FBO, heavy maintenance, service and refurbishment center with an aircraft sales and acquisition division. The company's aircraft refurbishment capabilities include exterior paint and interior work, with full cabinet, upholstery and seat shop services for all sizes of business aircraft. Heavy maintenance capabilities include around-the-clock scheduled maintenance and mobile AOG service, sheet metal and structural repair, full avionics services, inhouse Level III NDT with radiography, and a Honeywell TFE731 engine line maintenance service center.

The FBO recently completed an avionics installation and interior refurbishment on a Gulfstream IVSP. The project included the installation of an Aircell Access 2-channel Iridium satcom with datalink communications to the airborne flight information system (AFIS). In addition, a high-speed Internet system was installed through Ethernet jacks, allowing for connectivity to broadband-speed Internet throughout the aircraft. To complete the project, StarPort performed a strip and paint on the Gulfstream.

StarPort also recently delivered an Ohio-based Citation III after installing a Universal UNS1Lw WAAS-FMS. The 3-week-long installation involved a full-time staff of 5 and required 350 man hours to complete.

Another recent installation by StarPort was a Honeywell runway awareness and advisory system (RAAS), which was installed on a Hawker 800XP. RAAS locates the position of the aircraft at an airport or on approaches. The system helps pilots gain situational awareness during times of bad weather, dark conditions, and when landing on unfamiliar runways.

StarPort Exec Dir of Sales Eddie Hidalgo says he expects to see growing interest in RAAS installations due to their safety role in ground ops.