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FBO and Small Aircraft News

What’s going on in the world of small aircraft and aviation? Here are some of the latest news headlines of interest to pilots, airports, FBOs, and the private aircraft industry.

Ac-U-Kwik directory launches information resource for aviation industry

Ac-U-Kwik, an airport and FBO directory based in Overland Park, Kansas, recently launched Ac-U-Kwik Premium, an additional option for acukwik.com.

Ac-U-Kwik Premium offers more than 13,000 web urls and email addresses for FBOs, handlers, fuel providers and ground service suppliers around the world.

The added resources were made possible after Penton Media of New York City, which publishes Ac-U-Kwik, acquired Highline LP, the UK company which developed AirportData.com for the airline and air cargo market.

DSI announces “Tool & Maintenance Manager”

Airports and FBO’s that need to reduce the loss of tools and equipment and save time tracking them down will be happy about a new software tool by Dynamic Systems, Inc. (DSI), a company that specializes in data collection applications and is a leader in barcode software. DSI has launched the “Tool & Maintenance Manager,” a low cost tool, equipment, and maintenance manager for airports based on bar code technology.

The Tool & Maintenance Manager has several applications. The Maintenance Manager helps ensure that maintenance is performed in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Department of Public Safety (DPS) procedures.  Another application called Stockroom tracks inventory used and sets reorder points.

Bill Allen, Process Control Consultant, stated, “I’m impressed with the simplicity and adaptability of your Management Systems. It’s affordable for all companies, even those with just a few employees.”

Ft. Lauderdale’s Banyan Air outfits fleet with in-flight Wi-Fi.

In early December, Banyan Air Service based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport recently completed the second of two Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft with the Aircell AGT-4000 Gogo inflight internet system. One of the installations included the Aircell Axxess two channel Iridium system, while both aircraft were certified for Wi-Fi in the cabin.

After repeated requests from their charter customers asking if their fleet is Wi-Fi equipped, Banyan decided to have Banyan Air Service, also based at FXE, performed the installations on one aircraft. After the first aircraft was outfitted with connectivity, Banyan Air noticed an increase in usage rate within the first month. This convinced Banyan’s management to install Wi-Fi in the remainder of their large cabin fleet.

Business jet center raises $62K for March of Dimes

Business Jet Center, a full-service FBO with locations at Love Field in Dallas and Oakland International Airport in Oakland, CA., recently raised $62,500 for the March of Dimes during their annual Signature Chef Auction. It was the highest winning live auction bid in Signature Chefs Auction Dallas history.

The winning auction was Celebrity Chef Ken Rathbun’s “Taste of the Derby” package, which includes a private jet flight with fuel provided by BJC, a Rathbun catered private flight for five to Louisville, luxury accommodations at the Hyatt Place Louisville and a private box at both the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby.

All proceeds of the auction benefit the March of Dimes and its mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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