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Pro Star completes the 1 st King Air 300 series Advent eABS modification

Londonderry, NH (April 17, 2017) - Pro Star Aviation is proud to announce we have just completed the very first Advent Aircraft System eABS modification on a King Air 300 series aircraft; a King Air 350i.

The installation was performed during the first two weeks of April in our main hangar in New Hampshire at the request of a customer looking to retrofit their King Air 350i with ABS technology similar to the company's larger ABS equipped jets. Effectively, this modification would provide their pilots with an easier transition when switching between flying either aircraft.

According to the Chief Pilot of the King Air 350, “The eABS system has all the technology the large jets have plus tactile feedback. This provides our pilots with operating commonality within the fleet and has the added benefit of the latest in brake system safety technology for the King Air.”

Regarding the modification, Pro Star’s Sales Manager, Dan Hodgins, stated, “As the Advent eABS Dealer for the Northeast, we are very proud to be the very first facility to have installed this anti-skid braking system on a King Air 300 series aircraft. The modification itself takes about ten days to complete.

Until recently, this product wasn’t available to the turboprop market, but with the level of improved braking performance it provides during adverse weather conditions and when encountering unforeseen  contamination on runways, it has a lot to offer pilots in regards to safety. We have no doubt this system will become popular among turboprop customers, such as King Air and PC-12 operators. Recently, we’ve experienced a lot of interest in this upgrade and are looking forward to performing more of these modifications in the future.”

When asked about the company’s first King Air 300 series modification, Advent Aircraft Systems’ VP of Marketing & Sales, Thomas Grunbeck, had this to say,  “The Advent eABS system is the first ABS for airplanes with unpowered brakes, like the King Air 350. It seamlessly integrates with the airplane and Pro Star has made an exceptional effort installing the very first system on a King Air B300 aircraft. We are privileged to have Pro Star in our Dealer Network, and are looking forward to retrofitting more King Air B300’s now that we have the FAA STC with MEL relief.”

Advent Aircraft Systems is currently in pursuit of an STC for the installation of their eABS system in the Pilatus PC-12. With flight tests completed, they anticipate receiving approval from the FAA by the end of the month.

ABOUT PRO STAR AVIATION
Pro Star Aviation is based at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in Londonderry, NH. Specializing in business and corporate aircraft installations, maintenance and modifications, our company offers avionics service and installations; major alterations and repairs; STC development and certification service; AOG support and service; and Part 135 and 91 aircraft management service. We provide service to our customers both on-site and on-location throughout the Northeast United States. For more information, visit  www.prostaraviation.com

ABOUT ADVENT AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
Advent Aircraft Systems developed the first Anti-Skid Braking System for unpowered brakes. This patented Anti-Skid Braking System (eABS) is a digital and active system with haptic function. Current certified applications include Eclipse 550/500, T-6, King Air B300/B200 and PC-12. In addition Advent designs, analyzes, manufactures, tests, certifies and supports proprietary components and systems for air vehicles. The company capabilities include hydraulic, pneumatic, electromechanical, environmental control, aircraft sensor, water and oxygen components and systems. For more information, visit www.aircraftsystems.aero

 Press Release Contacts:

Thomas Grunbeck

VP - Marketing & Sales

tom.grunbeck@aircraftsystems.com

(203) 233-4262

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Shuster: No FAA extension, yet

Politico / 3/29/2017 By Lauren Gardner 

House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster said today the panel is still working on an FAA bill to keep the agency running into fiscal 2018 — and isn't considering an extension yet. 

Asked about the timing of a much-anticipated infrastructure bill at an event sponsored by The Hill, Shuster said that's still in flux, but added that the Sept. 30 expiration date for the FAA is “the timeframe I do have.”

“Along the way we'll see how things shake out, but again we're focused on making sure we have an FAA bill ready to go” by Sept. 30, he said. 

Whether or not to tie a broader infrastructure package to a tax code overhaul is “really a call leadership's going to make,” Shuster said. 

"I want to do an infrastructure bill, and if it goes standalone, I'm good with that," he said. "If leadership says it's better if we put them together, then that's going to be what we do." 

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White House explores air traffic control split off

Politico / 3/29/2017 By Kathryn A. Wolfe and Lauren Gardner

The White House is beginning to engage more on the idea of separating air traffic control from the FAA, including holding a meeting with aviation groupson Tuesday, though exactly how the administration will proceed remains to be seen.

On Tuesday, DJ Gribbin, President Donald Trump’s special assistant for infrastructure policy, hosted a town hall with aviation groups to hear their ideas about separating air traffic control from the FAA.

According to attendees interviewed for this article, Gribbin and his team didn’t tip their hats about their own game plan. One person in attendance said White House staff noted that they had spoken with House Transportation ChairmanBill Shuster(R-Pa.) and had looked at his proposal.

“It seemed like they were very familiar with the ins and outs” of Shuster’s plan, but otherwise were mostly there to listen,the person said.

The White House fiscal 2018“skinny budget”endorsed taking air traffic control away from the FAA, saying the administration supported shifting it “to an independent, non-governmental organization,” though it didn’t address whether that should be for profit or not.

One aviation industry attendee noted that was one of the questions Gribbin and his staff askedon Tuesday, “what people’s opinions were about how, if you remove it from FAA, then what is it? Is it a for-profit, is it a nonprofit, is it still a government agency? I’m actually going to give the White House staff a lot of credit, they did a very good job of really, in my opinion, making it a listening session and hearing ideas, concerns.”

Attendees included Airlines for America, the Air Line Pilots Association, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Delta Air Lines, the National Business Aviation Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the American Association of Airport Executives, Airports Council International — North America, and former DOT Secretary Jim Burnley and former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.).

A White House spokeswoman confirmed the meeting, and said the administration is “still surveying all the options. We’re still in the early stages.”

The next chance for the administration to put more meat on the bones of what it supports will come when it releases its full fiscal 2018 budget request, expected in May. Until then, focus will remain on Capitol Hill, with the clock ticking on aSept. 30deadline.

So far, Shuster is holding the line, insisting that he’s not behind the curve — even though by this time last year both his and the Senate’s bills had been marked up — and that he’s still gunning to make theSept. 30deadline.

When asked why the bill wasn’t moving as fast this time around, Shuster noted that the previous FAA reauthorization came in the second half of the last Congress. “We’ve got a new administration, we’ve got new members, so we’re working on it.” When asked if the bill would be changed substantially, Shuster mostly demurred.

“It’s a work in progress. We’re working on it. That’s all I can tell you right now. So again, it’s a different scenario from last year,” he said.

When asked about a timeline, or discussions about floor time, Shuster said he wasn’t sure. “Haven’t had those conversations yet.” Later, he added “I knowSept. 30the FAA expires, so that’s the time frame I do have.”

Rep.Rick Larsen(D-Wash.), the ranking member on the House Aviation subcommittee, said there’s no “particular timeline to produce something just yet.”

“We haven’t even seen Secretary Chao in front of the committee for anything. So I think that I’d certainly like to hear what the administration thinks generally about the FAA bill, there are a lot of issues separate from ATC that are going to be part of it,” Larsen said.

Most stakeholders don’t expect significant forward momentum until May at the earliest — timing that, if it holds, brings an extension even closer to reality, especially as Congress trudges forward with summer appropriations season, not to mention a potentially a major infrastructure proposal and a tax code overhaul.

Lobbyists noted that both Commerce and Transportation committee staff have been talking with various interest groups, but that they have yet to give signals about major changes to Shuster’s legislation. Additionally, the basic dynamics arrayed against overhauling air traffic control seemingly remain the same.

“I don’t think anyone knows exactly what will happen. Floor time dictates some of it, a lot of it will be a leadership decision on if they do an infrastructure package, and it seems pretty clear some of that’s going to be dictated by tax reform,” one lobbyist said.


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Islip launches new ‘stress less, pay less’ campaign for MacArthur Airport

Updated March 23, 2017 
By  sarah.armaghan@newsday.com

Islip Town officials want Long Islanders to know they will “stress less and pay less” when flying out of Long Island MacArthur Airport — a slogan unveiled Thursday morning as part of a new $180,000 marketing initiative.

Hoping to grow business at the airport, an advertising campaign will include promotional signs at Long Island Rail Road stations and on the sides of buses, and radio spots. A new logo features the airport code, ISP, next to a shaded map of the Island, and a new website, FlyMacArthur.com, has been launched.

“We are going to aggressively campaign against our New York competitors,

Kennedy and LaGuardia,” said Shelley LaRose Arken, the airport’s commissioner, at

a news conference inside the airport.

Arken said that, overall, MacArthur offers efficient security lines, convenient parking, and fewer delays and cancellations than other major airports in the metropolitan area. She also said flights at MacArthur are 45 percent less expensive than those at John F. Kennedy International Airport and 16 percent less costly than at LaGuardia Airport.

After the news conference, Arken said these statistics were gleaned from a quarterly U.S. Department of Transportation report, which showed the average price of all domestic fares for each U.S. airport in June 2016.

Carmela Bleich, general manager for Creative Travel International, a travel agency based in Melville, said “there’s no one straight answer” in comparing flight prices across airports and that availability, inventory and time of purchase all become factors in cost.

“You can’t really say that’s the case across the board that one is cheaper than the other,” said Bleich, who said she has been a travel agent for 30 years on Long Island. “If you’re talking about fare prices to the same destinations, saying they’re cheaper from MacArthur would not always be accurate.”

Residents in western Suffolk and in Nassau counties will be targeted in the advertising blitz in an attempt to lure them from booking travel through JFK and LaGuardia.

Southwest Airlines, Elite Airways and American Airlines currently operate seven daily nonstop flights out of MacArthur, and Arken hopes that by attracting new customers, additional flights will be added, followed by more nonstop routes and interest from other carriers.

“We think that a lot of the customers who are choosing our New York competitors are trapped in a really bad relationship,” Arken said. “What we can assure you is that if you choose to fly to Long Island MacArthur Airport, you will stress less and you will pay less.”  Officials from Islip Town, which owns and operates the Ronkonkoma airport, have been trying for years to develop new strategies that would aid the financially struggling airport, which operated at a loss totaling nearly $4 million from 2012 through 2014. According to figures provided by the town, 1,356,162 people flew to and from the airport in 2012; in 2016 that number was 1,211,951. In 2016, the total number of flights operating in and out of MacArthur was 124,164, down from 148,451 in 2012. Town expenditures have decreased at the airport over the last two years, resulting in a surplus of about $155,000 in 2015, town figures show.     Business7 airlines that flew away from LI's MacArthur Airport
 

 

 

 

“We are so, so committed to maximizing this incredible resource,” Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said. “The airport is a tremendous economic generator with over $600 million in economic activity generated because of what happens here at this airport. The potential is huge.”

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Islip launches new ‘stress less, pay less’ campaign for MacArthur Airport

Updated March 23, 2017 
By  sarah.armaghan@newsday.com

Islip Town officials want Long Islanders to know they will “stress less and pay less” when flying out of Long Island MacArthur Airport — a slogan unveiled Thursday morning as part of a new $180,000 marketing initiative.

Hoping to grow business at the airport, an advertising campaign will include promotional signs at Long Island Rail Road stations and on the sides of buses, and radio spots. A new logo features the airport code, ISP, next to a shaded map of the Island, and a new website, FlyMacArthur.com, has been launched.

“We are going to aggressively campaign against our New York competitors, Kennedy and LaGuardia,” said Shelley LaRose Arken, the airport’s commissioner, at a news conference inside the airport.

Arken said that, overall, MacArthur offers efficient security lines, convenient parking, and fewer delays and cancellations than other major airports in the metropolitan area. She also said flights at MacArthur are 45 percent less expensive than those at John F. Kennedy International Airport and 16 percent less costly than at LaGuardia Airport.

After the news conference, Arken said these statistics were gleaned from a quarterly U.S. Department of Transportation report, which showed the average price of all domestic fares for each U.S. airport in June 2016.

Carmela Bleich, general manager for Creative Travel International, a travel agency based in Melville, said “there’s no one straight answer” in comparing flight prices across airports and that availability, inventory and time of purchase all become factors in cost.

“You can’t really say that’s the case across the board that one is cheaper than the other,” said Bleich, who said she has been a travel agent for 30 years on Long Island. “If you’re talking about fare prices to the same destinations, saying they’re cheaper from MacArthur would not always be accurate.”

Residents in western Suffolk and in Nassau counties will be targeted in the advertising blitz in an attempt to lure them from booking travel through JFK and LaGuardia.

Southwest Airlines, Elite Airways and American Airlines currently operate seven daily nonstop flights out of MacArthur, and Arken hopes that by attracting new customers, additional flights will be added, followed by more nonstop routes and interest from other carriers.

“We think that a lot of the customers who are choosing our New York competitors are trapped in a really bad relationship,” Arken said. “What we can assure you is that if you choose to fly to Long Island MacArthur Airport, you will stress less and you will pay less.”  Officials from Islip Town, which owns and operates the Ronkonkoma airport, have been trying for years to develop new strategies that would aid the financially struggling airport, which operated at a loss totaling nearly $4 million from 2012 through 2014. According to figures provided by the town, 1,356,162 people flew to and from the airport in 2012; in 2016 that number was 1,211,951. In 2016, the total number of flights operating in and out of MacArthur was 124,164, down from 148,451 in 2012. Town expenditures have decreased at the airport over the last two years, resulting in a surplus of about $155,000 in 2015, town figures show.     Business7 airlines that flew away from LI's MacArthur Airport
 

“We are so, so committed to maximizing this incredible resource,” Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said. “The airport is a tremendous economic generator with over $600 million in economic activity generated because of what happens here at this airport. The potential is huge.”

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