Atlantic Aviation has completed a more than $500,000 refurbishment of its Portland (Oregon) International Airport location, the latest in a series of renovations at its FBOs. The three-month-long remodeling project features five separate designated seating areas, an Internet café in the pilot lounge, private data rooms for passengers, two conference rooms with wireless audio-visual capability, a customer coffee bar and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Continuing the design theme seen in its recent facelifts at other locations is the use of natural stone throughout the facility.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs
New developments at airports and heliports, including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers of FBOs; AIN’s Annual FBO Survey Reports; and news, issues and concerns regarding fuel cards, fuel prices and alternative fuels.
When its new FBO facility opens in early April, the Henriksen Jet Center at Houston Executive Airport will feature the world’s largest aircraft arrivals canopy. The 32,800-sq-ft structure is large enough to provide shelter for a pair of Boeing Business Jets parked side-by-side. The FBO has operated from temporary trailers since its inception in 2006. The new 22,500-sq-ft terminal at the privately owned business aviation airport will offer 24-hour aircraft fueling, ground handling operations, rental and crew cars, crew lounge, catering services and complimentary wireless Internet access.
Atlantic Aviation has closed its FBO at Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT). The company had been operating on a short-term holdover arrangement since its lease expired in late 2011, while it pondered the future of its location at the airport.
Dire consequences await the U.S. economy in the absence of significantly increased investment in airport infrastructure in the coming years, according to a new report commissioned by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The fifth and final report in the ASCE’s Failure to Act series, The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America’s Economic Future, predicts an estimated gap in airport investment between now and 2020 of $39 billion.
Jet Aviation has begun construction of a new hangar in Singapore to accommodate continued growth in its maintenance and FBO activities there. The company is the latest multinational to opt for a new facility at the island state’s Seletar Airport, which has been redeveloped significantly in the past few years as an aerospace and general aviation center. Jet Aviation first landed at Seletar 1995, taking over a 29,400-sq-ft World War II-vintage hangar that it still occupies.
As aircraft taxi into Atlantic Aviation’s facility at Cleveland-Hopkins International, it’s likely few visitors are aware of the history behind it. The airport, currently the largest in Ohio, hosted the Cleveland Air Races starting in 1929; it was also the first in the U.S. with a lighting system (installed the following year), and the first municipal airport with a radio-equipped control tower.
While many European airports saw traffic decline last year, Lyon Bron airport bucked the trend, experiencing 7.7-percent growth (to 5,818 aircraft movements) in business aviation traffic over the first 11 months of 2012, according to local statistics. Numbers at the Europe-wide level indicate a 4.69-percent drop in business aviation traffic over the same period.
Having just returned from covering my second Schedulers & Dispatchers I’ve learned that I really like the show. While much smaller than NBAA’s annual meeting, it’s still large enough that you can’t talk to everybody you might want to during the course of the conference and, covering the FBO beat for AIN as I do, of course it’s right up my alley as the service providers use it to showcase their facilities.
As the cost of jet-A creeps ever upwards, the price last month at several Washington, D.C.-area airport FBOs hovered near $9 per gallon. Signature Flight Support, the lone provider at Reagan National Airport, posted a pump price of $9.18 a gallon, which was still less than the $9.24 per gallon it listed in early March 2011.
America’s airports will require more than $71 billion worth of essential infrastructure programs over the next five years, according to a report released this week by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). That total is down by 11 percent over the organization’s previous study, which covered 2011 to 2015, a decrease attributed to the current challenging economic conditions, airline consolidation and capacity reductions and projects completed or postponed beyond the report’s horizon.